Raptor rehabilitation is the process of providing medical care and physiotherapy services to injured, sick, and orphaned wild birds of prey. In this six-week, online course, you will consider the scientific value of rehabilitation as well as the ethical considerations involved in caring for sick and injured wild birds. Course materials cover basic avian anatomy and physiology and provide you with current best practices for the first phase of raptor rehabilitation—patient stabilization. You will also receive instruction on safe handling methods, how to conduct a physical exam, the art of triage, and basic emergency care. The focus of the course is on raptors at post-fledging age through adulthood.
This course offers up to 9 continuing education credits, as certified by Minnesota’s Board of Veterinary Medicine. This course has also been approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE®) for 9 continuing education credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians in 62 jurisdictions, including all of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.
There is a weekly live meeting via an online portal each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. CT to approximately 8:30 p.m. CT. These presentations will be recorded for alternative viewing times.
Course begins Tuesday, October 27, 2020 and meets every Tuesday with the final session on December 8, 2020. These sessions will be recorded if you are unable to attend live. We will not have a session the Tuesday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving break.