Basic Raptor Rehabilitation Workshop

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Basic Raptor Rehab
This four-day intensive workshop provides rehabilitators and veterinarians with practical knowledge of the steps involved in raptor rehabilitation. There is a limit of 20 registrants.  Registrants must be a currently licensed rehabilitator with a minimum of two (2) years rehabilitation experience OR a licensed veterinarian with a strong interest in rehabilitation.

Highlights from past workshops include:
  • A six session on-line preparatory course accompanies this workshop and must be completed prior to attending.  Information will be sent directly to the participants.
  • Hands-on learning with our expert staff in our internationally renowned clinic
  • Participation in pre-release conditioning and assessment
  • Meet veterinarians Dr. Julia Ponder, Dr. Patrick Redig, and Dr. Michelle Willette
This workshop is four full days, with each day starting at 8:30am and ending at 5pm. Lunch is included each day. Please note special dietary restrictions when registering.

Workshop Topics

(subject to change)

Day 1

  • Avian anatomy and physiology/necropsy
  • The Raptor Center’s raptor handling protocols (hands-on)
  • Basic physical exam
  • Basic lab sampling and its importance
  • Triage and emergency care

Day 2

  • Bandaging/physical therapy (hands-on)
  • Fluid therapy
  • Common raptor injuries and diseases
  • Reconditioning – principles and practice

Day 3

  • Medical care (hands-on)
  • Reconditioning (hands-on)
  • Housing
  • Diet
  • Captive management (foot, feather, and beak care) 

Day 4

  • Medical care (hands-on)
  • Reconditioning (hands-on)
  • Pre-release assessment (flight evaluation, live training, etc)
  • Release planning (location, time of day, time of year)
  • Orphan care  


Cost is $795. Lunch for all four days is included in the registration fee. Please note in detail any dietary restrictions when you register.
Lodging, transportation and evening meals are the responsibility of the participant.  The conference hotel is the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 N. Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113.  Reservations made before April 17, 2017, are guaranteed a room with king-sized bed at $105.00/night.  Shuttle service from the hotel to The Raptor Center for each day of the conference is provided.  For transportation options from the Minneapolis/St Paul airport to the hotel, click here.


If you cancel earlier than 10 days before the workshop, you will receive a refund, minus a $55 cancellation fee. If you cancel within 10 days of the workshop, you will receive a 50-percent refund. No refunds for failure to attend without notification.
NOTE: The workshop is subject to cancellation if it does not reach its minimum required enrollment. Participants will be notified of cancellation no later than 30 days before the start of the workshop and will receive a full refund. To assist participants in making airfare and hotel accommodations, workshop confirmation notices will be sent out to all registered participants once the minimum required enrollment has been reached.

For more information about the workshop, contact Lori Arent at 612-624-0762.