Next courses tentatively scheduled for
end of February 2017
in Niagara Falls, ON.
If you would like to be added
to our email mailing list
and have us send out a
notification to you so you can register
when we do have a course
date/location confirmed, be sure to send us an email.
owren.online (at) gmail (dot) com
PLEASE INCLUDE your email address and your
snail mail address!
We'll notify you as soon as something is
If no courses are listed here, it means we do not yet have
on any other locations/dates
- as soon as we do -
the information will be on this page for
Please read all the way to the bottom of this page for
The majority of your questions
on what is covered in the courses,
and other relevant information about
them and the registration process,
are readily and easily answered
General Info about OWREN Courses.
* Registrations are filled on a first come - first served basis.
* Classes usually fill up quickly. Don't delay sending in your
* If you are registering with a group or with friends, put all
the registrations in the same envelope with payment so they arrive together.
* PAYMENT IN FULL must accompany all registrations. We cannot
and do not hold seats.
* Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. We do accept Interac
e-Transfers for fast payment and registration. These are made through your
bank. See below for more information on e-Transfers.
* If using snail mail with cheque, money order, it must reach us
on or before the stated deadline for registration. No exceptions.
* If you are registering late, consider using Canada Post or
other courier service to ensure it reaches us by the specified deadline.
* In the event that the course is full or does not meet minimum
registration to proceed and is cancelled, your payment will be returned or
refunded in full.
* There are no refunds issued after the stated deadline. NO
EXCEPTIONS, sorry. In case of inclement weather course will go ahead without
cancellation, instructor will be present even if you are not, and no refunds
will be issued. Please plan your travel accordingly.
* Study guides for Basic Skills will be sent to you when
registration deadline has passed.. Note that there are no study guides for
Beyond Basic Skills course that are sent out in advance, nor is there an exam
component for Beyond Basic Skills.
* When course is full and registration closes you will be
notified by email. This website will also be updated to indicate that
registration has closed.
Course brochures with info and registration form for mailing in
are in PDF format. Registration for Interac e-Transfer are in MS Word format
for easier completion and return via email.
PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR YOU.
Be sure you print or write legibly.
- Your FULL LEGAL NAME as you wish it to appear on your name
badge and certificates.
- Your FULL MAILING ADDRESS to ensure you receive your study
- Your EMAIL ADDRESS. We must have a legitimate email address
for you as it is our primary means of communicating with you.
To Send an Interac e-Transfer:
Log in to your online or mobile banking at your participating
* Choose Interac e-Transfer within the Transfer/Payment menu
* Select a recipient by entering an email address and or mobile
* Fill in the Interac e-Transfer information (dollar amount) ,
account from which you wish to withdraw your payment, and a security 'question'
that only the recipient can answer. Add any personal message you wish to add.
* Follow the remaining instructions on your banking website to
confirm your information and complete the transfer.
* Save a copy to a file you have designated and complete the
course registration and save a copy of it as well. Send one copy to email@example.com and
don't forget to include the answer to your secrest question.
Done! Fast, efficient, easy and safe!
FAQ about OWREN's courses (please read!)
Can I combine and pay
for my membership and course registration fee with one cheque/money
Yes, you can.
Does the course
registration fee include a membership also?
No, the course
registration fee is only for the course. Membership fees are
optional and are additional.
Can I join OWREN now and
save money by paying only the member registration rate for the
Yes, you can. Just add
the two amounts (registration and membership) and make
one payment for bothwhen you mail in your course fees. This
option is not retroactive - membership fee must be included with
your course registration for this offer to be valid (e.g. you can't
send it in a week later).
What does a one-year
membership in OWREN cost? What does a membership give you?
Individual member $35.00,
Family member (2 persons) $55.00,
Organization (3 persons) $80.00
Membership includes subscription to
OWREN Network News newsletter, and membership in OWRENmail, an email
mailing list for OWREN members only. Discounts on course fees,
conferences, symposiums and some workshops also.
(Note: Fees are subject to change)
Can I register for and take the Beyond
Basics course immediately after the Basic Skills course even if I
don't know if I have passed the Basics course yet?
Yes, passing or failing
the Basic Skills course is not relevant to taking the Beyond Basic
Skills course. Passing does not 'give' you a wildlife custodian
authorization - you must apply for that through the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Forestry. A successful passing grade only
exempts you from having to write the Ministry's test. (OWREN's test
and the Ministry's test are the same thing.) OWREN does not have
the legal authority to issue authorizations. Applications, and
inspections for rehabilitation authorizations are the jurisdiction
and responsibility of the Ministry (provincial) and/or the Canadian
Wildlife Service (federal).
I can't open or download the attachment
to print out a registration. What should I do? Can you send it to me
in another format?
We use either Microsoft
Word document format or PDF formats. Both are universally
accepted methods used by business and organizations for file sharing
and sending information. We do not use any other format for
registrations. If you're using a Mac computer you'll need to convert
it to either of those two formats. Your computer may be set up to
prevent you from downloading from the web or your version of Adobe
Acrobat Reader is not current. Download and install the newest
Add OWREN to your trusted sites in your browser security settings
and your antivirus programs. Try saving the file to your desktop and
then open Adobe Acrobat Reader, navigate to the saved file and open
it from within.
1) I am not yet 19 but
will be in a few months, can I still register for the courses?
2) I have young children
who are currently doing volunteer work at a wildlife centre - can I
register all of us and bring them to take this course?
No, the legal age to
take this course is 19. We cannot make any exceptions, e.g. even
with parental accompaniment.
Can I take the Beyond
Basic Skills course without first taking the Basic Skills course?
It is not recommended
unless you have some previous hands-on experience working with
wildlife and have at least received introductory training about
basic wildlife rehabilitation skills (e.g. taken the OWREN Wildlife
Rehabilitation Basic Skills course. (Experience with domestic
animals is not considered the equivalent to having basic wildlife
skills experience.) You can register for both courses (Beyond
Basics and Basics) at the same time.
What happens if I write
the exam for the Basic Skills course and I fail the test? What are
You can rewrite the exam
at the next OWREN course that is held (small administration fee
applies) or you can take your time and study the guides for as long
as you need and make arrangements to write the exam at your nearest
MNRF office when you feel ready.
Do I have to write the
Basic Skills test?
No. You can choose not
to take the test. You will instead be issued a Certificate of
Participation that indicates you have not written the test. If you
want to take the course for information only and have no intention
or plans to apply for your own wildlife custodial authorization, you
don't have to take the test. You still must complete both days of
the course and all the hands on components of the training modules
to earn a Participation Certificate.
What if I need
accommodations or have no transportation to get there?
You must make your own
room reservations and arrangements for transportation to and from
the course. We provide basic info on nearby accommodations to assist
you but we cannot and do not verify any of them. You can also search
on Google for alternate accommodations to suit you. We do not
provide information about other course registrants for the purpose
of room or ride sharing due to privacy issues. Bring a friend or two
and share with them!
What are the fees for
Basic Skills Course (2
- OWREN Member:
Family (2 persons) $400.00,
Org. (3 persons) $600.00,
Student (full-time) $165.00.
Individual $245.00, Student
(Note: Fees are
subject to change)
Beyond Basic Skills Course (1
Family (2 persons) $240.00,
Org/ (3 persons) $36000,
Student (full-time) $100.00.
Student (full-time) $120.00
(Note: Fees are
subject to change)
What is included in my
Lunch* both days; 3 study guides sent
to you when the course is confirmed; and a course manual distributed
the first day of class. The test questions are derived only from
the material contained in the study guides, so you need to read and
understand those to prepare to write the test. The study guides are
mailed out in advance of the course start date.
*Note: We are only able to offer two
lunch options -
Regular or Vegetarian
Beyond Basic Skills:
Lunch*, and a course manual and
handouts - distributed the day of class. (There is no test in the
Beyond Basic Skills course, this is a lecture only seminar and does
not use carcasses.) *Note:
We are able to offer only two lunch options -
Regular or Vegetarian
Lunch included in workshop fees.
*Note: We are able to offer only two
lunch options -
Regular or Vegetarian
What is the cancellation
policy on courses?
There are no
refunds for any cancellations received after 11:59 pm on the stated
deadline for registration.
Sorry but there are no exceptions. In
times where there is a possibility of inclement weather, we do not
cancel the courses. If we confirm that they are full and will be a
'go', they will go on regardless. Please
plan your travel accordingly as we are unable to issue refunds or
make alternate arrangements for you, as a result of bad weather.
Should the course be cancelled by OWREN,
due to insufficient registration, all course fees paid will be
refunded in full.
When and where is the
next course going to be held?
Course dates and locations are posted to
this website when those dates and locations are confirmed.
If you do not see any
dates/locations listed, that means there are none scheduled.
Bookmark the site and keep checking back!
The website is
our primary means for letting you know a course is coming up, our
Facebook page is a secondary means, if you happen to use their
If you want to be added to a list and be
notified of any new dates send us an email with your information in
it and we'll send you a notice when we post new dates/locations to
register and pay by Credit Card?
unfortunately service charges for merchant credit card terminals and
processing fees for groups like ours are exorbitant. We would have
to pass on those extra costs to you and you wouldn't like that at
all. Neither would we.
How does an Interac
e-money transfer work? How can I pay faster than snail mail and is
What is an INTERAC
e-Transfer? If you use online or mobile banking at a participating
financial institution, you can send and receive money quickly and
Email or text messages carry the notice while the financial
institutions securely transfer the money using existing payment
networks. If your financial institution does not yet offer INTERAC
e-Transfer, you can still deposit transfers to any bank account in
Click http://www.interac.ca/en/interac-etransfer/etransfer-detail for
How safe is it? How safe
do you feel having your real signature on a paper cheque in the mail
system? Electronic transfers are much safer. We never see your
information, you never see ours. The cost? About the same service
charge as using an ATM machine with your debit card from a bank that
isn't your primary bank. That's what an e-money transfer is...you
using Interac to withdraw the money and deposit your payment to
OWREN's account. There is an extra safety step as you will be
instructed to send us the answer to a secret question you devise.
Just follow the directions at your bank's online website when you
make the transfer. The links above and below, explain what Interac
e-money transfers are, how they work and how to use one - it will
open in a separate window: http://www.interac.ca/en/interac-etransfer/etransfer-detail
about the registration form, how will you know what I paid for?
To simplify registering
with Interac e-money transfer, we have prepared a form for both
courses for you to complete, just download the appropriate form,
(MSWord document) and type your information into the fields. Save a
copy of the completed document for your records and return it to us
via email. Use the links above to download the form. (Will open in a
new window or just right click and save to your desktop).
You can also print out
the registration form, fill it out (use black ink please) then scan
it, save it as a PDF file, and email it to us. Alternatively you
can simply type all the relevant information we need (what you would
be filling out on the registration forms) into an email and total up
what you're registering for, and send us the email letting us know
what the payment is going to cover.
If we need your actual
signature on a membership form e.g. to verify you are an authorized
wildlife custodian who wants to be included in the OWREN directory,
we'll see to it that you get that form when you pick up your
Designed for those who want to develop more
than a basic knowledge of best practices in wildlife rehabilitation or
common native wildlife.
Information on natural history, habits, diets
and husbandry for the care of common native wild animals is critical to
successful rehabilitation. To help you make the best treatment choices for
wildlife in rehabilitation you need to develop an understanding of what to
do for common injuries and illnesses in various wildlife species and this
course will give you that knowledge and confidence.
This course will focus on common native
wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles) admitted to rehabilitation facilities in
Ontario, and will cover:
* Injuries, diseases, illness and treatment
including fluid therapy
* Diets and formula—for all age groups
* Housing and handling—for all ages
* Enrichment for wildlife in rehabilitation
* Keeping the ‘wild’ in wildlife and
determining release readiness
* Special handling for RVS species
Natural history, habitats, and food sources
critical for best practices used in rehabilitation will be addressed through
resource materials distributed to each student.
This course is a lecture series only and does
not involve the use of cadavers. No exam accompanies the course.
If you would like registration information
sent to you when other future dates
(those not listed above) are confirmed, please
email us at:
Be sure to include:
full mailing address,
Would you like to have an
OWREN Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Course in your area? You
can! We can send you our hosting requirements if you feel you can
organize or have sufficient interest from enough individuals to meet the
minimum required for registration, to hold a class in your area.
Contact us at owren.online(at)gmail(dot)com if
you need more information.
Courses can be arranged for any group in any
location. Vet tech students, government staff, humane society/animal
control agencies, veterinary clinics, etc., will find the course content
informative and helpful. Contact us!
If you require a specialized or shortened
course (not the equivalent to MNR's OWRE test requirements) we may be able
to tailor something for your group. Please contact us with your needs.