Raptor Academy

Training for professionals working with raptors

Introduction to Raptor Rehabilitation and Basic Emergency Care

This course has concluded for 2017.  Watch for a new date in 2018.

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.

Please note: previously this course is/was a pre-requisite for Raptor Medical Care and Management.  The Raptor Medical Care and Management course has been revised so students can register for either course independently. 

There is a weekly, live interaction with an instructor each Tuesday night of this course from 7:00 p.m. CT to approximately 8:30 p.m. CT.  These live presentations will be recorded for alternative viewing times.

Introduction to Raptor Rehabilitation and Basic Emergency Care