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Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


RVS Training

The RVS Training Workshop is an 8-hour class provided by the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This workshop, or equivalent, is required by ODW in order to accept rabies vector species. It is offered annually at the OWRA conference. If you have any questions pertaining to the class or want more information about upcoming training, please contact Barbara Ray at education@owra.org. 

The cost of this workshop covers the class, a training manual, and lunch unless otherwise noted.

For information on workshop policies and cancelation, click HERE.

Topics Covered in the RVS Training Manual:

  • RVS "ABC's"
  • What is RVS
  • Rabies Overview
  • Epidemiology, Ohio Rabies and Oral Baiting
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Bats and Rabies
  • Rabies Exposure Protocol & Decision Trees
  • Rabies Exposure & testing Requirements
  • Rabies Pre-Exposure Vaccination
  • Rabies Post-Exposure Vaccination
  • Rabies Post Exposure Treatment
  • Serologic Testing and Titers
  • Rabies Testing, Reporting and Submission
  • Sample Protocol for Rehabilitation of RVS
  • Hygience and Disinfection and Recommended Agents
  • Pre-Release & Permanent Vaccine Schedule
  • Recombitek Distemper Vaccine Information
  • Rabies Licensed Vaccines & Manufacturers
  • Who Should Rehabilitate RVS



  • November 5th, 2021 (Click HERE for more information and HERE to register)
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