Call of the Wild Conference

November 20-22, 2020

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 25th annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation. 

The Call of the Wild conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels — and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, ready to return home inspired to continue the great work you do!


Are you interested in speaking at the Call of the Wild 2020? The abstract submission period will open here in May 2020! Stay tuned for more information, and look for more program information in the summer of 2020. 


Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators; these hours qualify for obtaining or renewing a wildlife rehabilitation permit. Each day of the conference is worth up to six hours of CE, depending on classes selected. Certificates of attendance are emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

In past years, a number of classes have been eligible for animal control officer continuing education credits as well as CE for licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians 

Lodging at the Best Western

The conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

The Best Western offers spacious non-smoking rooms with wireless internet access, cable satellite television, an in-room coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. This pet-friendly hotel features an array of amenities, including a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Many local restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

Room reservations and payment must be made through the Best Western. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: 540-942-1100. 

Special pricing is guaranteed (as long as room is available in the block) through October 29 at midnight, so be sure to make your reservations early! When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Wildlife Center of Virginia conference to receive the $109.99/night special conference rate for deluxe double queens and deluxe single king rooms. Single King suites are also available at $118.99/night. 

To cut costs, share accommodations! If you need help in locating a roommate, please contact us at

Air Travel

For those traveling by air, the two closest airports to Waynesboro are Charlottesville Airport [CHO] and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [SHD]. Both are within 30-45 minutes of Waynesboro. Both airports have rental car agencies within the airline terminals.


In 2019, weekend registration fees were $140 for Saturday/Sunday; one-day weekend rates were $85. Student rates were available for full-time students with a valid ID at $85 for the weekend conference and $55 for one day. Friday courses and training priced separately. There will likely be a slight decrease in 2020 due to changes with lunch (below)!


Due to our growing conference size and limited space at the Best Western, we're not including a catered lunch in 2020! Attendees are encouraged to go out to lunch or pack your own and eat in the conference center. There are a number of very close restaurants to the hotel; several are within walking distance. 


Interested in exhibiting? Please read the exhibitor information carefully and register by September 30, 2020.  We have limited space available, so don't delay! 

Questions? Please email

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