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VIN EXOT606-0621: Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine for the Private Practice Veterinarian

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Renée Schott, DVM, CWR
Course Open: June 30-August 7, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021; 9:00-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 8
RACE Category: 8 hours Medical

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Course Information:
Regain your passion for veterinary medicine by learning how to treat wildlife! Join Renée Schott, DVM, CWR, Medical Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, one of the largest wildlife hospitals in the world, as she uses interactive cases and laid-back humor to walk through the basics of how to treat wildlife in a private practice setting. You’ll learn about the most common species admitted to wildlife rehabilitation centers such as rabbits, squirrels, waterfowl, songbirds, turtles, bats and more! Real cases and background data will be used to make everything practical and useful in real life. Participants will have access to the lecture slides, various handouts, and the formulary Renée uses in clinical cases. Come ready to ask questions, interact, and have fun!

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand the steps to admitting and triaging a patient for wildlife rehabilitation.
  • understand how wild animals are stressed in human care and how that differs from domestic animals.
  • understand the most common presentations for various species of wildlife and which ones should be treated and which should be euthanized.
  • understand basic treatments for common wildlife presentations.
  • utilize various techniques for euthanasia of various native US wild species, including avians, mammals and turtles.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary support staff actively interested in learning about the most common species admitted to wildlife rehabilitation centers. Accreditation: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-797689)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 7, 2021): Wildlife Rehabilitation for the Private Practitioner: Basics, Triage and Stress
This first session will QUICKLY cover the legalities to treating wildlife. The majority of the 2 hours will be spent discussing real cases that focus on the triage process, requirements for release, how stress varies compared to domestics in private practice, and easy things that can be done to decrease the stress of wildlife receiving treatment. We will also discuss the problems with placement and things you should think about prior to placing any non-releasable animals. Finally, we should have enough time to delve into a down and dirty way to triage spinal trauma in almost any species. Any remaining time will be spent answering questions or diving into some fun rapid diagnosis slides. Bring with you any old cases or scenarios you are hoping to learn about as Renee can tailor the last several weeks to what the class would like to hear about.

Week 2 (Real Time Session July 14, 2021): Wildlife Rehabilitation for the Private Practitioner: Young Animal Treatment Options and Data
The second session will start with, you guessed it, more cases! But this session we will focus on treatment options and use statistics to help make our triage decisions. Real numbers will be used from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota to spur on a lively discussion of when do you euthanize vs treat based on past data? We will dive into cases relating to baby rabbits, baby squirrels and ducklings, and more!

Week 3 (Real Time Session July 21, 2021): Wildlife Rehabilitation for the Private Practitioner: Adult Treatment Options and Data
The third session will be spent looking at treatment options, statistics and decision making regarding adult cases that commonly present for wildlife rehabilitation. We will explore lead toxicity in a variety of species, squirrels and rabbits with head tilt/neuro issues, avian aerial insectivores (swifts, swallows, nightjars), migration injuries, and anything else that participants have expressed interest in. If everyone is half-asleep, we will continue on to wild avian radiographic interpretation: species differences and diagnoses, the perfect pre-bedtime presentation.

Week 4 (Real Time Session July 28, 2021): Euthanasia and (Aquatic, Freshwater) Turtle Trauma
I know, I know, ending with euthanasia is depressing but I promise to have LOTS of pictures of cute animals to break things up. We’ll discuss various methods of euthanasia in wildlife, including birds, mammals, turtles and neonates of each species. We will spend the last part of class talking about the trauma that freshwater aquatic turtles encounter from cars and how to triage this species.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.


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Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by June 16, 2021)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by June 16, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 7, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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