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Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation

September 27th, 2013


Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation

Where:  Mercer County Community College

When:  Weekdays Nov 4 – Nov 8, 2013


A young Barn Owl, healed of a leg fracture and about to be returned to its nest.  Photo by MacKenzie Hall

A young Barn Owl, healed of a leg fracture and about to be returned to its nest. Photo by MacKenzie Hall

Wildlife rehabilitation is the process of  caring for injured, ill and orphaned native wild animals with the goal of releasing each back to their natural habitat.  This course is designed for individuals interested in becoming licensed wildlife rehabilitators, rehabilitators who wish to include additional species to their current permit and any person wishing to obtain knowledge about native New Jersey wildlife. Over the course of five (5) weekdays, students will have the opportunity to be taught by, interact with, and build relationships with some of the foremost experts in wildlife rehabilitation.


Course Description


The Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation focuses on the skill sets necessary to become a successful wildlife rehabilitator. This course offers information and professional training provided by some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. It includes history, licensing requirements and regulations, mammal, bird and reptile species identification and anatomy, proper handling, care and nutrition, medical procedures, and much more. Approved by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife (NJDEP), this course is part of an alternative route program to meet New Jersey State licensing requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Successful completion of the course will count for 40 hours toward the 200 hour New Jersey apprenticeship licensing requirement. This course will also benefit anyone interested in the handling and care of native wildlife. 




Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:


  • better understand all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation
  • know how to provide safe handling and care of wildlife
  • have basic knowledge that encompasses mammal, avian and reptile species


The course will run five weekdays Nov 4 through Nov 8, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Completion of the course requires attendance at all classes. The course schedule and instructor bios can be found on the CDI website at

Tuition for this program is $499.00, which includes all materials. Registration will be through Mercer County Community College at 609-570-3311. There is no requirement for prior experience or training to attend this course. Please contact Career Development Institute (CDI) with any additional course content questions that you may have:  732-821-6997,

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4 Responses to “Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation”

  1. Hello,

    I am a wildlife enthusiast. I love everything about every wild animal. I have once volunteered for CWFNJ during a tree plantation event sometime in summer of 2011 under the mentor-ship of McCanzie Hall. I would love to take this course but it is very difficult for me to take 5 weekday as I am a full-time employee. Is this course available anytime during weekends or holidays?

    Thanks & Regards,

  2. Rose S says:

    I agree, would love to take the course, but working and school during the week make it a toughie, nothing like being an overage college student with bills..LOL


  3. Marylee says:

    Who is teaching the course?

  4. MacKenzie says:

    Hi everybody – great to see some interest out there! CWF is not involved in planning this course, we just agreed to post the info for the organizers. Please contact the Career Development Institute with any questions or suggestions. (And hello, Shashin!)