Available courses

This course is designed to prepare potential oil spill volunteers in what to expect at an accidental uncontrolled release of oil into the environment. Legal and managerial/organizational aspects of the class are specific to the US environment, but may also be useful in organizing non-US spills. CE Hours: 1

To register visit https://theiwrc.org/courses#oil

This introductory course is for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. This class is meant to be a flipped classroom experience. The exam here covers lecture topics from the classroom: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating fluid therapy, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria. 


Please have scratch paper and writing implement ready as there are math questions that you will need to work out in order to choose the correct answer. 

Exam for the fluid therapy classroom course

The Pain Management course is designed to give wildlife care professionals a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts underlying the modern approach to pain management in mammalian and avian species. Topics include the physiology and clinical signs of pain, supportive care techniques, and drug therapy including indications, contraindications, and side effects. CE Hours: 2.5

To register visit https://theiwrc.org/courses#management

Wildlife rehabilitators work with animals that are ill or injured. One risk of our profession is the potential exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases passed from animals to humans). Rehabilitators are viewed as a community resource due to our extensive outreach and education, and are often turned to for information regarding zoonotic diseases. This course provides information on the risks, prevention, and management of zoonoses, including acting as a resource to the public for information on zoonotic diseases. CE Hours: 5


To register visit https://theiwrc.org/Shop/zoonoses

The purpose of this course is to provide tools and knowledge on wound management to aid in the successful rehabilitation of wildlife.

Developed specifically for wildlife care professionals, Wound Management provides a systematic review of the physiology and treatment of the most common types of soft-tissue wounds seen in injured mammalian and avian species. Topics include wound assessment, wound types, antibiotic therapy, cleaning and topical agents, bandaging techniques and the physiology and stages of wound healing. Fractures and wound management in herpetofauna are not covered in this course.

CE: 7

To Register visit: https://theiwrc.org/product/wound-management


Pre-class videos and exams for the Pain and Wound Management classroom course.


This is an introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. It is an online hybrid course which means that it will have asynchronous sections and sections that will be completed with an instructor live via Zoom video. This class is also meant to be a flipped classroom experience. We challenge you to do your homework and readings before you begin your class. This will facilitate a richer learning experience in the online classroom. 


Lecture topics

In-person: Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating fluid therapy, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, and euthanasia criteria.

Asynchronous:  initial care, identification, and physical examination, handling and physical restraint,  nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, and release criteria. 

Lab topics (maybe online or in-person): gavage (tube-feeding), physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams, limb immobilization and weighing. Lab procedures are performed on cadavers.   

CE Hours:15 

RACE approved