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Workshops Offered in 2018

NWRA workshops are designed for an optimum learning experience through hands-on activities in small groups, therefore enrollment is limited. 

 Please note the following

·      Each workshop is given twice daily. The only difference in the two workshop sessions is the time given. ‘A’ designates the first time slot and ‘B’ designates the second time slot for the same workshop. There is no difference in content between workshop A and workshop B of the same name.

·      Most workshops require a prerequisite workshop lecture. Please review the program grid carefully. Do not choose workshops with prerequisite lectures you cannot attend or that conflict with other presentations you wish to attend. Only hands-on workshops have limited enrollment and require signup and payment of the fee. All workshop lectures are open to any registered symposium attendee.

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 Baseline Diagnostic AssessmentNEW FOR 2018

Primary Instructor-Sherri Cox, DVM

 PREWORKSHOP LECTURE REQUIRED

 Abstract

Baseline diagnostic tests can provide a tremendous amount of information in terms of what might be going on with an animal, and can provide some idea of prognosis. This laboratory is designed for students interested in learning basic laboratory analysis to help contribute to the animals’ health and well-being. Performing these tests will help you and your veterinarian determine the best course of treatment for the patients in your care. Participants are welcome with or without prior experience. It should be noted that tests performed are to be interpreted with the help of a veterinarian. Only veterinarians can diagnose and treat illness in accordance with state and provincial regulations.

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Basic Bat RehabilitationRENEWED FOR 2018

Primary Instructors-Renee Schott, DVM and Gail Buhl

PREWORKSHOP LECTURE REQUIRED

Proof of rabies vaccine or protective titer required. Upload documentation on registration form to provide proof of rabies vaccine, or protective titer, for Bat Workshop participation. Vaccination, or proof of protective titer, is valid for 2 years. Link to CDC information on rabies vaccination is, here

 Abstract

Bats are fascinating creatures and can be challenging patients in a busy rehabilitation setting. This workshop covers the basics of insectivorous bat rehabilitation at a high volume center, including diet, housing, examination, artificial hibernation, biosecurity, and common case presentations. Big brown bats are the focus, with other species differences highlighted.

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Aquatic Bird Waterproofing and Protective WrapNEW for 2018

Primary Instructors-Kylie Clatterbuck and Isabel Luevano

PREWORKSHOP LECTURE REQUIRED

 Abstract

This workshop teaches the techniques necessary to make sure the aquatic birds in your care (specifically diving/pelagic birds) regain their waterproofing during care and before release. You learn how to address feather and skin issues and how to detect problem areas. Protective wraps including keel cushions, foot wraps, and wrist guards are important for keeping these unique and challenging patients from injury in care. Students will learn how to make and apply these wraps. We also briefly cover how waterproofing and protective wraps differ among the many species you may receive.

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Basic Raptor Jesses, Anklets, and Leashes

Primary Instructor-Jeff Meshach

 Abstract

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the basics of various swivels and making jesses, leashes, and perches. During the lecture portion, our discussion includes the proper and safe use of jesses, jess designs, and materials used to make jesses, anklets, and leashes.

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 Patient Assessment and Fluid Therapy in Wildlife Medicine     

Primary Instructors-Julia Whittington, DVM and Nicki Rosenhagen, DVM

PREWORKSHOP LECTURE REQUIRED

 Abstract

Providing fluids to wildlife patients is essential! Become familiar with fluid types and when to use them, fluid dose calculations, and routes of administration in multiple species.

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Avian Necropsy

Primary Instructor-Rebecca Duerr, DVM, MS, PhD

PREWORKSHOP LECTURE REQUIRED

 Abstract

There are numerous anatomical and physiological differences between different groups of birdsthis workshop covers dissection techniques and highlights some of the incredible differences

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Creative Thinking for Enriching LivesRenewed for 2018

Primary Instructor-Raina Domek

 Abstract

Enrichment is an underutilized part of wildlife rehabilitation, often seen as optional, time consuming, and costly. When used optimally, enrichment helps patients be released sooner by encouraging natural behaviors and minimizing captivity related behaviors, thereby reducing our workload. During this workshop, we cover the benefits, drawbacks, safety considerations, species needs, and how to get everything done in no time with very little cost. You walk away with a few small enrichment items and tons of big ideas for things to come.

 

Workshop Registration

Only online workshop registration is available prior to arrival at the Symposium.

Online workshop preregistration is honored only for attendees who registered by the January 4 deadline. Workshop preregistration is available online, February 2, 2018 at 9am CST. 

Workshop preregistration ends on February 14, 2018, at 9am CST; after this early preregistration time ends, all attendees have access to register for workshops online, if space is available. 

Please read the following important information:

·      Each workshop is given twice daily. The only difference in the two workshop sessions is the time given. A designates the first time slot and B designates the second time slot for the same workshop. There is no difference in content from workshop A to workshop B of the same name.

·      Most workshops require a prerequisite workshop lecture. Please review the attached program grid carefully. Do not choose workshops with prerequisite lectures you cannot attend or that conflict with other presentations you wish to attend. Only hands-on workshops have limited enrollment and require signup and payment of the fee. All workshop lectures are open to any registered symposium attendee.

·      Workshops registrations are nonrefundable after February 9, 2018. To cancel a workshop registration, email NWRAsymposium@gmail.com with your cancellation request.

·      All workshop registrations are nontransferable. Only the named and registered individual can attend the workshop; another individual may not attend a workshop in your place. 

·      You must login to your online NWRA account to register. All registrants have a website login, including those registered as nonmembers of NWRA. Please practice your login to become familiar with its use before you register. If you have login questions, please contact our central office team, during business hours Monday through Friday, at 320-230-9920.

·      Payment is required at the time of registration through an online payment with a credit or debit card.

Please note: All workshop registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

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What to do when you arrive at the Symposium

All attendees must visit the registration table to receive their name badge, program book, event tickets, and other information provided to navigate the Symposium. Once you have your lanyard and name badge, you must wear it to be admitted to all events, sessions, seminars, and workshops. No one is admitted into a workshop without their name badge.

At the symposium, plan to arrive at the workshop room 10 minutes before the workshop start time. If you are late (late is defined as not being checked in and in the workshop room by the workshop start time), then anyone waiting is eligible to take your spot. No late arrivals are allowed into the workshop room and no refunds are given to those who arrive late.

Workshop attendance certificates are available online only. You can view, print, or download your certificates by logging into your profile and clicking Professional Development under Manage Profile.

Waiting list information:

If a workshop you wished to register for is full, email your desire to be placed on a waitlist to NWRAsymposium@gmail.com.

If you are on a workshop waiting list, plan to arrive at the workshop room at least 10 to 15 minutes before the start time to expedite entry if there is an opening for you. Only cash payments are accepted