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Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


Pre-Conference Workshop Information

All pre-conference work shops will be held on Friday, November 4th. With the exception of Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rabies Vector Species Training, workshops will NOT include lunch. To register for the Friday lunch, click HERE.

You do NOT have to attend the conference in order to attend pre-conference workshops. All workshops must be registered for separately from the conference and from each other. 

To register for any of the workshops below, click HERE.


Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

This class covers wildlife rehabilitation regulations in Ohio, handling wildlife calls, neonatal care of orphaned wildlife, zoonotic dis- eases, stabilization and transportation of Category I 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 I Rehabilitation Permit. Registration fee includes manual, handouts, certificate of completion and lunch. Instructors: Kristen Beck and Becky Crow

This workshop INCLUDES LUNCH.

Rabies Vector Species Training (9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.)

This training encompasses current regulations, status of rabies in Ohio, special considerations in RVS rehabilitation, capture and restraint, exposure protocol, testing, species information and health considerations of raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. This workshop, or equivalent, is required by Ohio Division of Wildlife in order to accept rabies vector species for rehabilitation. Registration fee includes manual, handouts, certificate of completion and lunch. This workshop has been approved for CE Credit by the OVMLB. Instructors : Barbara Ray & Judith Vaughn, CET

This workshop INCLUDES LUNCH. 



Case Management

In this workshop, attendees will work in pairs to solve wildlife cases in a step-by-step manner. Reference materials will be available in the classroom to make the experience as realistic as possible and wrong answers will add days to your animal’s time in rehab! So, work together, do your research and get these animals back to the wild as soon as you can. Cases will be ranked as easy, moderate or challenging to offer learning opportunities for all skill levels.

Instructor: Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen

This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH. Lunch must be registered separately. Click HERE to register for pre-conference lunch.

Nutrition

This workshop is a blend of 75% lecture with 25% hands-on emersion in nutrition! Learn about essential vitamins and minerals, colostrum and infant needs, kcal calculations and how to read a basic food label; followed by 30 min of hands-on for kcal calculation problem set, gavage feeding then a review of basic fluid therapy. Learn about fluid calculations, SQ/PO administration (+/-IO for any attending veterinarians), emaciation and refeeding syndrome and commonly encountered nutritional problems in wildlife! Instructor: Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen

This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH. Lunch must be registered separately. Click HERE to register for pre-conference lunch.


Wildlife ER

Join Dr. Riggs and Dr. Velez as they team up to discuss triage and determining prognosis of wildlife species. This workshop will include various forms of wound treatments and bandaging techniques as well as a hands-on bandaging lab.

Instructor: Dr. Gary Riggs


This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH. Lunch must be registered separately. Click HERE to register for pre-conference lunch.

Animal Behavior

In this workshop, Tara will go in-depth in helping attendees understand animal behavior, where to begin training and picking the right candidate for training animals in exhibits and hands-on training for education materials. She will be showing videos of working with numerous different species of exotic animals with an array of backgrounds. Tara works with numerous species of exotic animals in zoos and wildlife education and will pick species of animals to help those in the education area of wildlife.

Instructor: Tara Gifford

This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH. Lunch must be registered separately. Click HERE to register for pre-conference lunch.


Download the 29th Annual OWRA Conference Brochure HERE for information on speakers, events, workshops, and more! The brochure also includes a paper registration form.

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