Call of the Wild Conference

November 14-16, 2014

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 19th annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation.

The conference is sponsored by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, the nation’s leading teaching and research hospital for native wildlife, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

From first-time conference attendees to seasoned veterans, Call of the Wild 2014 has something for you. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event!


Topics this year will include squirrel ailments, lead poisoning, wildlife-vehicle collisions, woodchuck rehabilitation, turtle shell fracture repair, enrichment, physical therapy, vulture rehabilitation, reuniting wild mammal babies, and more!  This year, we'll also be offering an all day beginner's workshop on Friday, November 14.  

Check back in early September for a complete schedule.  Online registration will open in mid-September. 


Early-bird two-day conference rate is $130; one-day rate is $80.  Student rates will be available for full time students with a valid ID.  Friday beginner's workshop is $50.


The conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

The Best Western offers spacious non-smoking rooms with wireless internet access, cable satellite television, an in-room coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. This pet-friendly hotel features an array of amenities, including a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Many local restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

Room reservations and payment must be made through the Best Western. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: 540-942-1100.

Price and availability is guaranteed through October 22, so be sure to make your reservations early! When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Wildlife Center of Virginia conference to receive the $89/night special conference rate.

Air Travel

For those traveling by air, the two closest airports to Waynesboro are Charlottesville Airport [CHO] and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [SHD]. Both are within 30-45 minutes of Waynesboro. Both airports have rental car agencies within the airline terminals.


The conference registration fee includes lunch catered by a local company featuring both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees as well as side dishes and desserts. Accompanying guests who are not registered for the conference must pay a meal fee if they will be eating lunch with you. If you’d like to sign-up your guest for lunch, please email

A number of restaurants are within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel. A “restaurant round-robin” will be organizing on Saturday night for those wishing to dine and network with fellow conference participants at a local restaurant.

Free Supplies & Door Prizes

Be sure to visit the Wildlife Center’s “giveaway” extravaganza in the conference center! Free products and supplies will be available. Additionally, each participant will have the chance to win top-of-the-line products and more through our door prize give-away! Drawing will be held on Sunday at lunch.

For the well-being of wild animals and as a professional courtesy to all attendees … please arrange for the care of your wild patients back home while you attend the conference. We want you to fully enjoy yourselves throughout the weekend, and it’s much less stressful for the animals as well!

From first-time conference attendees to seasoned veterans, Call of the Wild 2014 has something for you. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event!