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The Mission of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council is to promote wildlife conservation by providing science-based education and resources on wildlife rehabilitation to promote wildlife conservation and welfare worldwide

IWRC Educational Programs are Science Based

Traditional Classroom Training:

Launched in 1984, IWRC’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course was the first of its kind. A combination of lecture and lab, the two-day class covered topics such as basic anatomy and physiology, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria.

Although the content has been updated a multitude of times, 25 years later the format and concept of the class remains the same. Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation has been delivered to wildlife rehabilitators in eleven countries including the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Ireland, Poland, England, and South Africa. Today, the class is held 15 to 20 times a year in locations throughout the United States and Canada. Classes are scheduled by request, most frequently by rehabilitation centres, state and regional rehabilitation organizations, pre-vet clubs and natural resource agencies.

Friends of Free Wildlife have been a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council since June 2016.
Membership entitles us to a range of benefits including:

  • Subscription to the periodic Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
  • Discounts on training course registration and some literature orders.
  • Access to members-only section of website.
  • Access to online membership directory.
  • Voting privileges (can vote in board elections.)

Having updated information available ensures that FFW can look at current trends for diets, release protocols etc.
The Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation has interesting stories and information, very useful for both new and experienced rehabilitators.