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Training available for wildlife rehabilitators

For more information on the described training programs, contact the presenters. Previous experience has shown that it is helpful to begin planning training programs early, preferably at least months in advance. If you have questions, please email us at WLrehabproject@me.com

Introductory Training for New Rehabilitators

A new series of training sessions has been developed for new rehabilitators, incorporating live presentations, downloads, and CD based training. The training is designed for sponsors working with apprentices, as well as for new people working through a self-paced program. Click here for more information on this program.

Recruiting, Training, Sponsoring and Retaining New Rehabilitators

This one-day program is for experienced rehabilitators who want to get more people trained, permitted, and staying with wildlife rehabilitation. If you have found that many people say they want to become rehabilitators, only to have them drop out either early or after you've spent time training them, this workshop is for you. The goal of the workshop is to help rehabilitators get more home-based rehabilitators. The workshop starts with tips about recruiting and screening potential rehabilitators. It then provides material on training, supervising, and retaining the new recruits. Draft timetables, forms, plans, applications, and more are provided. The workshop includes time to discuss and start building plans for rehabilitators to implement when arriving home.

This workshop expands on the programs presented for IWRC, NWRA and New England Rehab Conference (2000).  The workbook is 25+ pages.

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 6-8 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

New Rehabilitation Recruiting Tools

Two new documents have recently been made available to help recruit new rehabilitators. A short brochure is available to provide to the person who expresses general interest in becoming a wildlife rehabilitator. After reading the brochure, some people will be interested in obtaining more information. The longer recruiting booklet is available to help those people understand more about wildlife rehabilitation, determine if it is a match for them, and how to get involved. Both documents have space available for local contacts. This session will discuss the documents and ways to use them. Copies will be provided.

Workshop presenter: Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, Colorado 

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Homeopathic First Aid and Trauma Care for Wildlife Seminar (2 day)

This practical, fast paced seminar helps people working with wildlife trauma to understand basic homeopathic principles and apply them in acute first aid situations. Homeopathic first aid can be used concurrently with conventional medical treatments and is truly a complementary modality. The benefits and limitations of using homeopathic first aid are also discussed.

The seminar includes an introduction to the basic principles of homeopathy and an overview of new insights based on emerging research in quantum physics. Homeopathic case-taking, selection of homeopathic medicines and potencies, timing of treatment, sequence, and administration will be discussed. There will also be an introduction to using homeopathic repertories and materia medicas. Over 20 homeopathic medicines commonly used with first aid will be discussed in depth. Wildlife trauma cases will be presented and discussed.

A seminar manual, Homeopathy and Wildlife: First Aid and Acute Trauma Care (250 pages) and a variety of handouts will be provided.  Other resource materials will be available for review and homeopathic trauma kits available for purchase. Participants are required to bring along a copy of The Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica (Kent) and the Materia Medica with Repertory (Boericke). Sources for the books are provided.

Wildlife rehabilitators Allan and Shirley Casey are the primary presenters. They have co-authored several articles on the use of homeopathy with wildlife in the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, NWRA Quarterly, and veterinary publications. The Casey's have presented on the use of homeopathic first aid with wildlife at both the NWRA and IWRC annual conferences, veterinary conferences, and veterinary student programs.  They regularly present homeopathic first aid for wildlife seminars to rehabilitators around North America. 

For a brochure and/or to register, email WLrehabproject@me.com

Homeopathy for Wildlife Seminar - Optional Third Day on Homeopathic Treatment Considerations  of Neurological and Fever Conditions in Wildlife(1 Day)

This day builds on the foundation created during the two day seminar described above. It discusses neurological and fever conditions seen in wildlife due to trauma, toxins, infections, and a sample of other etiologies, including West Nile Virus. The seminar describes how homeopathic medicines have been used with such conditions in wildlife and when rehabilitators and their veterinarians might consider such homeopathic treatment options as a complement to conventional veterinary medicine and effective rehabilitation practices. The seminar will identify relevant rubrics in the homeopathic repertory, review over a dozen homeopathic medicines, and work through several case studies. Study guides will be provided. Participants must have attended the two day seminar described above to attend this program.

Wildlife rehabilitators Allan and Shirley Casey are the primary presenters.

For a brochure and/or to register, email WLrehabproject@me.com

Considering Homeopathic First Aid for Wildlife Workshop (1 day)

This workshop is designed to help wildlife rehabilitators decide if and when they might want to consider homeopathic remedies for first aid with wildlife.  Homeopathy is both a philosophy and type of medical practice that works to strengthen the body to heal itself by applying the concept of like cures like.  It has been used successfully and safely around the world for almost 200 years.  While many North Americans have had a limited understanding of it, homeopathy is rapidly becoming a topic of increased interest for a wide range of reasons.

This full-day seminar starts with an introduction to the basic principles of homeopathy and new theoretical insights based on emerging research in quantum physics.  Selection of remedies, potencies, timing of treatment and administration will be reviewed. Examples of how homeopathy may be used in first aid situations with injured wildlife will be discussed.  Over a dozen commonly used first aid remedies and their relevance to wildlife trauma will also be reviewed. Examples of how homeopathy may be used in first aid situations with injured wildlife and some commonly used first aid remedies will be discussed.  Case studies will be presented as well as be analyzed by the participants.

Participants need to do preparation prior to the seminar to enable them to keep pace with the extensive information covered.  A 45 page workbook will be provided. Participants also need to bring a designated homeopathic repertory and materia medica described in the registration materials.  Other materials will be provided at the seminar.

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO, and a holistic veterinarian

Time Required: 8 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Substitute Milk Formulas: Looking At and Beyond the Numbers

Several publications offer rehabilitators the calculated nutritional analysis and energy values for various substitute milk formulas mixed with water.  This session provides some updated numbers based on revised information from one of the major manufacturers.  Additionally, the calculation methodology is reviewed so that a rehabilitator can determine the approximate nutritional and energy content of any possible mix of products with water.  But more importantly, this session will suggest that there are many other factors beyond just doing the math that help lead to proper formula selection and feeding regime.

Presenter:  Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, Colorado

Time Required: 30 minutes or 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Ready or Not: Here They Come! Planning for Wild Patients

This one hour presentation describes results of the recent survey completed by a sample of rehabilitators around the US provides information on the types of conditions seen when wild animals are admitted to rehabilitation. The survey results describe the frequency with which various conditions are seen in about 150,000 wild animals (shock, head trauma, punctures, etc.).  This information is then translated into suggestions for immediate use with training; types of supplies and cages needed; and more.  This research by WildAgain (Allan and Shirley Casey) was presented at NWRA's national symposium in 2000.

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Strategies to Reduce Rehabilitation Workload

Rehabilitators can easily become overwhelmed with large numbers of animals admitted for care. This session will describe a variety of ways that rehabilitators have used to reduce their workloads. Included are preventing human-wildlife conflicts, hotlines, reunion and re-nesting strategies, and more.

Workshop presenter(s): Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO 

Time Required: 1 - 2 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Mammal Reunions: Orphan Reduction

Wildlife rehabilitators are regularly contacted by people who want to bring in a juvenile wild mammal.  In some of these cases, the juvenile may indeed need rescue and rehabilitation. In other cases, however, rehabilitation is unnecessary since the animal can be successfully reunited with its mother.  This session discusses ways that rehabilitators can facilitate successful reunions between juvenile wild mammals and the mother.  There are many benefits of such reunions for the wild mammals and the rehabilitator. Bridget and Shirley have published on this in NWRA and IWRC publications.

Workshop presenter(s): Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: Shirley at WLrehabproject@me.com

Squirrel Rehabilitation Workshop (2 Days)

This 2 day workshop focuses on tree and ground squirrels, including: natural history, including detailed descriptions of the species, behaviors, habitats; physiology; and development stages. Information will be presented on diet and nutrition, as well as demonstration of capturing, handling, and feeding. Common human-squirrel conflicts and ways to resolve them will be discussed, as well as ways to reduce orphaning and increase reunions. Examples of common injuries and illnesses seen in squirrels, as well as a variety of treatments will be reviewed. Caging and housing considerations and plans are provided. Release criteria and considerations are also discussed. The 265 Squirrel Rehabilitation Handbook, including cage plans, is provided (a $40 value).

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 16 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Building Cages for Juvenile Squirrels

Wildlife in rehabilitation often have special caging needs that are not usually met by commercial cages.  This practical and informative session will present cage design criteria for juvenile mammals and demonstrate construction techniques.  A small cage designed for squirrels will be built during the session.  The cage plan and directions for this effective, inexpensive cage will be provided. This session was extremely popular at the NWRA rehabilitation conference. (Note: at NWRA, this one hour presentation was followed with another hour session with people actually assembling cages. It was informative and great fun. So if you want a second hour with on hands on cage building practice, it could follow the presentation.)

Presenters: Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Squirrel Natural History and its Use in Rehabilitation Decisions

Knowledge of natural history of a species is critical to effective rehabilitation. This session will describe some key elements of natural history and how factors such as habitat, territoriality, and behavior influence basic rehabilitation decisions such as caging and housing, diet, release criteria and sites, and more. Both tree and ground squirrels will be discussed.

Workshop presenter(s): Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO 

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Common Squirrel Health Problems

Many squirrels arrive at the rehabilitation facility with health problems. This session describes some of the common problems and treatments. Conditions discussed include shock, dehydration, head trauma, aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, metabolic bone disease, nursing problems, and more.

Workshop presenter(s): Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO 

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Survey of State Wildlife Rehabilitation Regulations: 1999 Update

This session describes recent research of all 50 states in the US on regulations governing wildlife rehabilitation. The session will describe the major components of state wildlife rehabilitation regulations (i.e., qualifications, facility and caging requirements, continuing education, restrictions) and as well as some trends since this research project was first conducted and published in 1994.

Presenter: Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Influencing Wildlife Policies

This session will begin with a description of some of the processes used to develop and revise wildlife policy, with an emphasis on wildlife regulations.  It will include examples from each of these areas, including wildlife rehabilitation, hunting, trapping, animal damage issues, and habitat protection.  It will also suggest some of the ways that wildlife rehabilitators can participate in these activities and effectively influence decisions affecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. 

Presenter: Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Demystifying the 501(c)3 Process for the Independent  Rehabilitator

This presentation will discuss the benefits of the Federal 501(c)3 tax exempt status for the smaller, independent rehabilitator.  As a 501(c)3, the independent wildlife rehabilitator can readily expand available options of funding sources in addition to other benefits, such as sales tax exemption and lower postal rates.  The process to file for the exemption, plus the all important record keeping required during the first five years in advance of the final IRS audit will be discussed.  Suggestions will be offered to help you decide if you want to file the required forms and manage the process yourself, or work the process with a professional advisor.

Presenter: Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO

Time Required: 2 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Homeopathic First Aid Cases with Wildlife

Some rehabilitators have seen extraordinary results treating wildlife with homeopathic remedies.  This session will present several new cases submitted from North American rehabilitators when homeopathic medicines have been used with various wildlife species and conditions.  This session does not teach participants how to use homeopathic medicine, although it will identify various resources and training to learn about this modality. 

Workshop presenter(s): Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO or Therese Bush, Sierra Wildlife Rescue, Placerville, CA

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Sponsoring New Rehabilitators: Clarifying Expectations

Experienced rehabilitators are often in the position of training and supervising new or "apprentice" rehabilitators.  This is a very important activity considering the need for new rehabilitators. This session will discuss the considerations in deciding to be a sponsor.  It will also discuss the process involved in sponsoring new people and offer an approach to clarifying expectations between the sponsors and new rehabilitators.  Handouts provided include the recruiting brochure and booklet, examples of an apprentice application, and "wildlife rehabilitation proficiencies" list.

Presenters:  Shirley Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, Colorado

Time Required: 1 hour

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Strategies to Reduce Rehabilitation Workload

It is easy to become overwhelmed with large numbers of animals admitted for care. This program will identify some of the reasons for heavy workloads for rehabilitators and describe a variety of ways that rehabilitators have used to reduce their workloads. Included are preventing human-wildlife conflicts, hotlines, reunion and re-nesting strategies, and more. After the 2  hour presentation, there will a discussion and planning session of what kinds of activities have been and might be developed to help for next year. Rehabilitators have found that much work needs to be done during the 'off-season' so that the strategies and programs can be in place before the heavy season arrives. This program and discussion provides expands the opportunity to plan and coordinate activities and hopefully reduce the numbers of wildlife needing care for next year!  An article on a related topic is available in the publications section.

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO.

Time Required: 4 hours

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Stress Management for Rehabilitators

New program will be coming soon based on 2001 research. Stress has a significant impact on many aspects of rehabilitation, including animal care, rehabilitator burnout and attrition, personal relationships, health, and more. This workshop will describe stressors that impact rehabilitation and some ways to address them.

Presenters: Shirley and Allan Casey, WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation, Evergreen, CO.

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

Wildlife Hotline Workshop

Rehabilitation facilities with strong wildlife hotline services say that they can reduce the numbers of wild animals admitted to rehabilitation by over 30%! These services can prevent problems and avoid situations that cause orphans or kidnapping. They can facilitate reunions or re-nesting. This is good for the animals since they are not harmed and do not have to come into captivity. Effective hotlines are good for rehabilitators since the number of animals admitted are reduced (reducing work, costs, risks, etc.). Effective hotlines can also help reduce problems with wildlife, enhance wildlife stewardship, broaden support, improve community relations, and even help with fundraising!

This one-day workshop provides a foundation for people working with wildlife hotlines. It reviews objectives of wildlife hotlines, relevant laws, and ways to reduce risks. It provides suggestions for preventing or reducing human-wildlife conflicts. It offers criteria for deciding if an animal needs to be rescued and tips on communicating with rescuers. Common types of calls received and possible action alternatives are provided, including referrals, transport and admission for rehabilitation, reunions, renesting, etc. Experienced local wildlife rehabilitators are invited to present information on local situations and species. The workshop includes practicing and role-playing of case examples. A 50+ page workbook and a variety of handouts are provided.

Contact: WLrehabproject@me.com

 

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