National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Improving wildlife care through professional education

aka NWRA   |   Bloomington , MN   |  www.nwrawildlife.org

Mission

The National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association is dedicated to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mrs. Molly Gezella-Baranczyk

Main address

8400 Normandale Lake Blvd Suite 920

Bloomington , MN 55437 USA

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EIN

37-1143442

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (D03)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Publications

NWRA develops and publishes books, as well as the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, for the benefit of its members and for the wildlife rehabilitation community as a whole. NWRA’s authors and contributors are experts in their fields, sharing their knowledge to improve wildlife care and support rehabilitators in their work. In addition to NWRA-produced publications, we offer a wide variety of publications for rehabilitators and wildlife professionals, including books by other publishers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In keeping with the mission of educating and networking, NWRA produces an annual symposium widely recognized as the largest and most highly attended conference of its
type, dedicated solely to furthering training for those who work with wildlife. This event hosts four full days with four concurrent sessions. Each year, 80 to 90 experienced and knowledgeable speakers share skills on every aspect of wildlife care, facilities management, educational programming, medical protocols, natural history, species housing, nutritional requirements, caging innovations, and multiple other topics. Up to 16 limited-enrollment hands-on workshops and wet labs are offered each year. These labs facilitate special skills learning in an environment that fosters individual participation and assistance for optimum absorption and retention of techniques. Moderated panel and roundtable discussions provide a friendly and open arena to encourage
interchange of questions, ideas, and techniques among participants with varied experience and training levels. Full one-day targeted training seminars, such as Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation, Basic Rehabilitation Education Workshop, or Oiled Wildlife
Treatment and Care Protocols are available the day before each NWRA symposium.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A groundbreaking course begun in 1999 and unlike anything currently available, this training introduces veterinary students to wildlife medicine prior to encountering wild animals when in practice. The Elaine Conroy Moore Charitable Foundation funded the course taught during Spring semester at Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Course instructors are veterinarians from the NWRA Veterinary Committee who have experience and expertise working with wildlife.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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To support the profession of wildlife rehabilitation through education and advocacy.

We continue to evaluate our program offerings to ensure we are supporting the needs of wildlife rehabilitation professionals.

In 2021 NWRA began the Leadership Development Program for animal welfare professionals. This program was developed to facilitate leadership training for animal professionals from all types of backgrounds. The goal is to support leadership development as individuals progress in their animal welfare careers, creating leaders who can care for themselves and others as they work to conserve the environment and support wildlife.

Spring of 2022 we will being to offer our revitalized program content for the NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course (WMC).
-The initial purpose of the NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course is to provide an opportunity for professional students in accredited veterinary schools to gain formal training in medicine, surgery, and captive management of native wildlife species. Historically, this course's curriculum consisted of a two–day seminar with both didactic and hands-on training via wet labs. Since the first course in 2000, 21 instructors have taught over 1400 students at 17 different schools. Fall of 2022 will begin the transitioning this course to an online hybrid model which will support in-person classes with the revitalized curriculum.
-The new NWRA Wildlife Medicine for the Private Practitioner will begin Spring of 2022. This course is intended to provide veterinary practitioners with an introduction on how to approach wildlife medicine cases for the purpose of stabilizing the animal and subsequent transfer to an authorized wildlife rehabilitator. Further, veterinarians will learn about various wildlife rehabilitation considerations that are important to restore health and welfare of the wild patient. This course is RACE-approved for 10 hours of continuing education for licensed veterinary professionals.

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National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2022
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Board chair

Ms. Lisa Smith

TriState Bird Rescue & Research

Term: 2019 - 2022

Leslie Lattimore

No Affiliation

Jennifer Convy

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Elaine Thrune

No Affiliation

Lisa Smith

Rebecca Duerr, DVM, PhD

Sherri Cox, DVM

Jenny Schlieps

Bettina Bowers

Jeff Meshach

Josh Saranpaa

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female

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