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Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


The 8-hour IWR class covers wildlife rehabilitation regulations in Ohio, handling wildlife calls, neonatal care of orphaned wildlife, zoonotic diseases, stabilization, and transportation of Category 1 species (tree squirrels, ground squirrels, and Eastern Cottontail Rabbits). This class, or an equivalent, is required by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to apply for a Category 1 Rehabilitation Permit. All classes begin at 9AM and end at 5 PM. For a schedule of upcoming IWR classes, check out the list below!

Join Our New Blended Learning IWR classes!

The safety of our members and attendees is of the upmost importance. As such, each class for 2021 will have a maximum of 10 in-person attendees and 20 Zoom attendees.

In-Person Attendees...

  • Must wear masks
  • Must adhere to current COVID-19 mandates
  • Must bring own lunch, snacks, and beverages

Zoom Attendees...

  • Please keep microphone muted when not in use to avoid feedback
  • You're at home...sit back, relax, and learn!

Class Fees

  • OWRA member in-person:     $35.00
  • Non-member in-person:          $50.00
  • Student:                                        $25.00
  • OWRA member Zoom:             $45.00
  • Non-member Zoom:                 $60.00
  • Student Zoom:                            $35.00

**Zoom costs include the shipping and handling of IWR Manuals

2021 IWR Dates

  • January 31: 1519 Overlook Rd. Kent, OH 44240

  • February 20: 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Troy, OH 45373

  • March 6th: 750 E. 4th St., Franklin, OH 45005

  • March 21st: 1519 Overlook Rd. Kent, OH 44240

  • April 17th: 3948 W. Alexis Rd. Toledo, OH 43623


Spaces are very limited so make sure to click HERE to reserve your spot soon!

Topics covered in the Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation Manual:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation (overview)
  • Regulations - Category I
  • The Reality of Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Answering Wildlife Calls
  • Basic Hygiene and Prevention of Disease
    • Disease Transmission and Prevention
    • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Safety and Transport
    • Working with Wild Animals
    • Evaluation in the Field
    • Transport Recommendations
  • Intake, Evaluation, and Treatment
    • Intake
    • Initial Assessment
    • Common Medical Conditions
  • Rehabilitation of Category 1 Mammals
    • Basic Care of Orphans
    • Feeding Guidelines
    • Release Site
    • Tree Squirrels (gray, fox, red, and flying)
    • Ground Squirrels (thirteen-lined, chipmunks, and woodchucks)
    • Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Completion of the IWR Training ONLY fulfills the ODOW requirement for a permit application, it alone, does not allow for legal wildlife rehabilitation in Ohio.
More information on state and federal regulations.

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