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Basic Raptor Rehabilitation Workshop

Please check back for dates in 2016. 

This four-day intensive workshop will provide 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 minimun 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
  • TRC’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: TBD for 2016. Lunch for all four days is included in the registration fee. Please note in detail any dietary restrictions.
Lodging, transportation and evening meals are the responsibility of the participant. The conference hotel from 2015 is the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.  There is a shuttle service to/from The Raptor Center, and from the lightrail to get to the airport and to Rosedale Shopping Center.  To make reservations, call 612-331-1900 or toll free 877-774-4315 as a direct line to the hotel.  Mention The Raptor Center Basic Raptor Rehabilitation Workshop for the discounted rate of $92/night (this from 2015).  The website is
Fax: 612-625-5755
Online: www/
Phone: 612-624-3434 or 1-800-380-8636
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.
For more information about the workshop, contact Lori Arent at 612-624-0762.


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