Pre-release Conditioning and Release
A primary goal of raptor rehabilitation is to prepare releasable raptor patients for success when they are well enough to be reintroduced into the wild population. Success can be defined as the ability to perform activities such as hunting, defending a territory, breeding, and for some species, migrating. To meet these goals, a raptor must go through a phase of reconditioning before release. Physical reconditioning is a necessity, and for some raptors, mental conditioning is also needed. In this six-week, online course, you will learn basic exercise physiology, the creance technique for reconditioning raptors, methods for “getting a raptor’s head in the game,” established release criteria, and considerations for the release itself. This course offers up to 9 continuing education credits, as certified by Minnesota’s Board of Veterinary Medicine.
There is a weekly, live online interaction with an instructor each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. CT to approximately 8:30 p.m. CT. The course runs for 6 consecutive weeks. These live presentations will be recorded for alternative viewing times.
Next course will be offered in the spring of 2021. Please check back.