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Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation


Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation is an 8-hour course provided by OWRA. It is approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and fulfills the requirement for obtaining a Category 1 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit. The training is held annually at the OWRA Conference and at special request for groups over 8 persons. For information on this training and upcoming dates, please email Kristen Beck.


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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