Training for professionals working with raptors
About Raptor Academy
Raptor Academy is a comprehensive selection of learning opportunities created to educate wildlife rehabiltators, veterinarians, and government agencies across the nation and around the globe.
Established in 2017 by The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, our courses provide expanded access to information on raptor rehabilitation, medical care, and management of captive raptors. Raptor Academy was created to fit the growing need for continuing education to be more accessible. In addition to providing on-site training opportunities, Raptor Academy provides on-demand access to education courses from anywhere at any time.
Raptor Academy Highlights
Raptor Academy offers training in the newest techniques and methods used to rehabilitate and recondition sick and injured raptors through:
- Onsite training opportunities
- Instructor-led courses, held in a virtual classroom
- Self-study courses, for self-paced, independent learning
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) was founded to foster communication, professionalism, and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
The National Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association (NWRA) is dedicated to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems.
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) provides science-based education and resources on wildlife rehabilitation to promote wildlife conservation and welfare worldwide.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at different offices at the national, regional, and/or wildlife port levels.
University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
Institute on the Environment’s (IonE) mission is to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together.
Raptors in Captivity
Author: Lori Arent, assistant director, The Raptor Center
Raptors in Captivity is designed as a reader-friendly reference tool covering a wide range of topics from making the decision to keep raptors and choosing suitable species, to housing and transportation, diet, medical care, equipment, training, and recovering a lost bird. From the novice to the experienced, this book provides everyone with the most current techniques -- drawn from a consortium of experts and not available in any other written form -- for successfully managing a variety of raptor species in captivity.
The Raptor Center has conducted research on lead poisoning in bald eagles, avian influenza, and other topics. We are also a partner in the Clinical Wildlife Health Initiative.