Call of the Wild Conference

The Wildlife Center's annual wildlife rehabilitation conference

Now featuring both online and in-person components.

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The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s annual Call of the Wild conference is one of the premier continuing education opportunities for wildlife rehabilitators and other "first responders." Co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, the conference features both online and in-person components, drawing nearly 400 participants from across the United States. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation.

Join us for the 2024 Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation on November 15–17, 2024.

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

In-Person and Online

The Center will be offering a hybrid learning experience once again with both online lectures and panel discussions as well as in-person, hands-on workshops and training.

Friday, November 15: Online Content Only. Join us online for lectures, discussions, and Q&As. Online content will be available through the Whova site until the end of 2024, so even if you can't attend “live”, you can still attend!

Saturday, November 16: In-person Only. Join us at the Best Western Inn & Suites in Waynesboro, Virginia! We'll be offering a variety of hands-on workshops and interactive seminars. For those traveling from out of town, we have a room block set at the Best Western for November 15 and 16 for a rate of $152/night. Special rates are available through October 24 at midnight. 

Sunday, November 17: Online Content Only. Online content will be available through the Whova site until the end of 2024, so even if you can't attend “live”, you can still attend!

Stay tuned for more information as we plan the 2024 Call of the Wild conference. Registration will open in September 2024.

Call for Submissions

Are you interested in presenting online at Call of the Wild 2024? We're looking for speakers to deliver informative and engaging online sessions on Friday, November 15, and Sunday, November 17. Speakers receive full complimentary registration for all online content and a discount on in-person registration. Submit your abstract by Sunday, July 28. 

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Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators; these hours qualify for obtaining or renewing a wildlife rehabilitation permit. Each day of the conference offers at least six hours of CE.

All 2023 content was approved CE for Animal Control Officer training in Virginia, through the VDACS Office of Animal Care. A total of 19.75 hours of the 2023 conference were eligible for professional veterinary/technician CE through Virginia Administrative Code 18VAC150-20-70, which states that approved continuing education credit is given for courses related to the treatment and care of patients and clinical courses in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology or courses that enhance patient safety, such as medical record keeping or compliance with requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). In addition, the Call of the Wild conference is sponsored by state government agency Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. While the board of veterinary medicine in Virginia does not “approve” continuing education courses or programs, if the course meets the requirements of the regulations, then the Board will accept the continuing education.

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