Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Training

  • 18 Apr 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Stark Parks - Wildlife Conservation Center - Massillon, OH
  • 13


  • Valid student ID must be presented during registration check-in.


Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Training

The RVS class includes hands-on training for animal handling and restraint as well as hygiene and infectious agent transmission prevention.  Participants will learn and understand  the regulations regarding RVS treatment and release, the importance of pre-exposure vaccination and minimum standards for facilities to ensure proper quarantine and isolation capabilities.  We will also cover some aspects of keeping RVS in permanent education collections and preventive vaccination options.  Participants receive the RVS handbook which includes the current Health Department rabies  test submission forms, veterinary recommended vaccine protocols for rehabilitation and education mammals and contact lists for important agencies and vendors. 

The Rabies Vector Species class meets the training requirements of ODW for Category II permit holders and sub-permits desiring to rehabilitate fox, skunk, bats and raccoons.  While these “RVS” species require special handling considerations due to the potential for rabies, this class emphasizes the need for awareness that ALL mammals can carry rabies.  The class will cover types of rabies, transmission, signs and differential diagnosis for the infectious diseases  and conditions we more commonly see such as distemper, parvo or baylis roundworm.

Instructors: Barbara Ray and Judith Vaughn, CET

Other Information
  • Registration fee includes lunch (vegetarian option available), manual and certificate of completion.
  • Membership must be current at the time of registration in order to receive the OWRA Member discount.
  • Walk-ins are accepted if space is available
    • Payment is due upon arrival
    • Manual, and certificate of completion are not guaranteed without pre-registration
    • Pre-registration preferred
  • Additional information for Stark Parks - Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Live animal demonstrations are not a part of this workshop, nor are live animals permitted at the workshop (with exception of service animals).


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If you need more information about this class, please contact Barbara Ray at education@owra.org. For questions regarding your registration, please contact registration@owra.org

The minimum number of attendees for workshops is 8.  If the minimum number of registrants is not reached by Saturday, April 11, the class will be cancelled and paid registrations will receive a full refund. 

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