Call of the Wild Conference

November 17-19, 2017

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 22nd 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, one of the nation’s leading teaching and research hospitals for native wildlife, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The Call of the Wild conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels — and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, ready to return home inspired to continue the great work you do!

Program Information

Stay tuned as we plan the 2017 conference. We'll post more information in August as we confirm speakers and topics; registration will open in September. On Friday, November 17, we'll offer several REHAB and MGT courses from the Wildlife Care Academy; we're also planning a veterinary training course at the Center that day for licensed veterinarians and technicians. 

Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators as well as veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians. Certificates are provided at the conference.


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.

Special pricing is guaranteed through October 24 at midnight, 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 $94.99/night special conference rate.  King suites are also available at $109.99/night. 

A Call of the Wild room block has also been set up at the nearby Days Inn for $69.00/night. This room block expires on 10/27/17. 

To cut costs, share accommodations! If you need help in locating a roommate, please contact us at  

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.


Stay tuned for additional information in the summer of 2017. 2016 prices were $130 for the weekend conference (Saturday/Sunday); one-day rate was $80. Student rates are available for full-time students with a valid ID. 


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 [$16/meal]. 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 organized on Saturday night for those wishing to dine and network with fellow conference participants at a local restaurant.


In between classes, join your fellow attendees in the exhibit hall, where there will be numerous vendors on Saturday and Sunday. See what’s new, learn more about rehabilitation groups throughout the state, and pick up a gift or two!

If you are interested in reserving an exhibit table, please read this information and email  Exhibitors must be registered by October 1.