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OWREN Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Course

October 15-16, 2017 (Sun. & Mon.)

&

OWREN Beyond Basic Skills, Care/Handling

of Rabies Vector/Common Species Course 

October 17, 2017 (Tues.)

 

at Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel

6400 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls Ontario

 

 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Register now, seats fill up quickly.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER - Sept. 15, 2017.

 

Download registration form here.

MS Word docx

PDF file

Membership Form is embedded

with registration.

 

For a separate copy of the membership form, click

HERE for MSWord docx

HERE for PDF file

 

Course info and hotel info are on the form. 

Complete, send in via email

and pay** online using Interac e-transfer

or via PayPal Invoice.

**Note: We are not accepting personal or business cheques

or mail in registrations. Please register online.

 

 

If you would like to be added to our email mailing list

and have us send 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 booked.

If no courses are listed here, it means we do not yet have confirmation

on any other locations/dates

- as soon as we do -

the information will be on this page for you.

 

Please read all the way to the bottom of this page for detailed information!!

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 below.

 

 

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 registration!

*  If you are registering with a group or with friends and one person is the payee,

please note that on your forms.

*  PAYMENT IN ADVANCE and IN FULL must accompany all registrations. 

We cannot and do not hold seats.

*  Sorry, we do not accept personal or business cheques or mail in registrations.

*  We do accept Interac e-Transfers or payment by credit card using PayPal. 

These are made through your bank and through PayPal. 

If you choose PayPal, we will invoice you.  

See below for more information on e-Transfers.

You do not need to have a PayPal account to use a credit card with them.

*  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.

*  If you don't show or cancel late, we cannot transfer your payment to a future course,

similar to purchasing concert tickets or game tickets and not showing up, there are

no refunds for those or transfers to another concert or game.  No exceptions, sorry.

*  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.

Registration form for both courses along with course and hotel info, in are in

MS Word or PDF format.  Membership form as well.

 

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 (and permanent) MAILING ADDRESS to ensure you receive your study guides and any certificates.

-  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: 

      http://interac.ca/en/interac-e-transfer-consumer.html

 Log in to your online or mobile banking at your participating financial institution.

*  Choose Interac e-Transfer within the Transfer/Payment menu options.

*  Select a recipient by entering an email address and or mobile phone number.

*  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 or through the Interac 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 for yourself.  Send one copy to owren.online@gmail.com 

and don't forget to include the answer to your secret question. 

Done!  Fast, efficient, easy and safe!

 

For PayPal and Credit Card Payments:

Send us an email and let us know that you want to pay via credit card using PayPal. 

We will send you an invoice and you will just follow the instructions on the invoice to

pay your registration.  Note: there is an additional service charge added for credit card

PayPal payments as they charge OWREN a service fee based on amount of invoice,

for using their service. Additionally we don't receive those payments for close to a week,

sometimes longer, so it does delay your actual payment to us. We will let you know

what that additional amount is on your invoice. 

 

FAQ about OWREN's courses (please read!)

 

QUESTIONS

ANSWERS

Can I combine and pay for my membership and course registration fee with one payment amount?

Yes, absolutely.

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.

If you join OWREN at the same time as you register, you can register at the membership rate and save money.

Can I join OWREN now and save money by paying only the member registration rate for the course?

Yes, you can.  Just add the two amounts (registration and membership) and make one payment for both when you pay 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).

That said, you can register for both at the same time.

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?

Microsoft Word document format or PDF are universally accepted business and organization file sharing and information distribution methods.  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 or your computer may be set up to prevent you from downloading from the web. Download and install the newest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files (FREE)  Add OWREN to your trusted sites in your browser security settings and your antivirus programs.

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 or 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 my options?

Nothing happens. 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 district office when you feel ready. You would still receive a Certificate of Attendance rather than a Certificate of Completion.

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 Attendance that indicates you have not written the test but that you were present for 2/3 of the course.  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  Certificate of Attendance.

What if I need accommodations or have no transportation to get there?

You are responsible for your own room reservations and arrangements for transportation to and from the course.  You can search on Google for alternate accommodations (other than the host hotel the courses are held in) 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! Share the transportation and accommodation costs and make learning memorable.

What are the fees for the courses?

Basic Skills Course (2 day course)

- OWREN Member: 

    Individual $205.00

    Family (2 persons) $410.00,

    Org. (3 persons) $615.00, 

    Student (full-time) $170.00.  

- Non-Member: 

    Individual $250.00, Student (full-time) $215.00

 (Note:  Fees are subject to change)

 

Beyond Basic Skills Course (1 day course)

  - OWREN Member:

       Individual $125.00,

       Family (2 persons) $250.00,

       Org/ (3 persons) $375.00,

       Student (full-time) $105.00.  

  - Non-Member

       Individual $165.00,

       Student (full-time) $150.00

 (Note:  Fees are subject to change)

What is included in my course registration?

Lunch for each day you are registered for:

  -  Basic Skills Course

  -  Beyond Basic Skills

  -  Workshops (if offered)

 

*Note:  We offer two lunch options - Regular or Vegetarian.  For medical dietary restrictions, please note those on your registration form, we will strive to accommodate you.

Basic Skills: 3 study guides sent when the course is confirmed;  & a course manual the first day of class. 

 

Beyond Basic Skills: a course manual and handouts - distributed the day of class. No test in the Beyond Basics course, this is a lecture only seminar

 

Workshops (if offered): handouts if instructor provides them.

What is the cancellation policy on courses?

There are no refunds for any cancellations received after 11:59 pm on the stated deadline for registrationNO 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.

*  If you don't show or cancel late, we cannot transfer your payment to a future course. If you purchase  concert or game tickets and fail to show up, there are no refunds for or transfers to another concert or game.

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 and our Facebook page is our primary means (in addition to email if you are on the list)  for letting you know a course is coming up. 

If you want to be added to the list and 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 the site.   

Can I register and pay by Credit Card? 

Yes, we can invoice you through PayPal and you can make your payment using their service. There is a small service charge added on to offset the service fees PayPal charges us for using that service.

INTERAC E-TRANSFER PAYMENT

How does an Interac e-money transfer work?  How can I pay faster than snail mail and is it safe?

 

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 easily.

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 Canada.

Click  http://interac.ca/en/interac-e-transfer-consumer.html for details.

 

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. 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.

What 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 or PDF format) and type your information into the fields.  Save a copy of the completed document for your records and return a copy to us via email as a MS Word doc or PDF file. Use the links at the top of fhis page  to download the forms. (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.  You indicate on your form what it is you are registering for and mark off the appropriate fee(s).

Records of any financial payments are sent to you by your bank or by PayPal for a credit card transaction.

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 registration packet. 

You will be given a receipt for the total you paid when you pick up your registration package.

Course Descriptions


WILDLIFE REHABILITATION

BASIC SKILLS COURSE   

 8 am- 6 pm (2 days)


 Outline

§ Legalities:  federal & provincial laws; conditions of Wildlife Custodian

Authorization; basic registered Foster Care Giver requirements;

wildlife recordkeeping; veterinary relationships; disease reporting

§ Initial Contact:  handling public inquiries; species identification;

injury assessment; reuniting orphans with parents; species biology/behaviour;

telephone hotline tips/advice; safe wildlife capture/transport.

§ Triage:  initial examination; making difficult decisions;

animal-rehabilitator safety and handling.

§ Emergency:  shock; dehydration; emaciation; blood/fluid loss;

poison/seizures; respiration.

§ Basic Exam:  equipment; restraint methods;

performing the examination; charting.

§ Basic Treatment:  limb immobilization; wing wraps; wound management;

gavage; dosage calculations; fluid replacement calculations; cat bites.

§ Diseases:  wildlife diseases; zoonoses; epizootics;

disease prevention strategies.

§ Rehabilitation:  ethics; equipment; housing; nutrition overview;

enrichment; stress reduction tips.

§ Release Considerations:  release assessment;

methods; site evaluations; euthanasia

 

Successfully passing this course is accepted as the equivalent

to the MNRF OWRE written test. It is the first step

in obtaining a wildlife custodian authorization from the MNRF

in Ontario. OWREN issues a Completion Certificate only

(not an MNRF Authorization) only to those who complete

all three portions of both days of the course:

1. Being physically present in class for both full days of the course;

2. Actively participate in the hands-on lab portion of the course;

3. Write the exam and successfully obtain a passing

grade of 80% on the written exam.  

 

Only the MNRF can issue a Wildlife Custodian Authorization and

they do require a written exam as a pre-requisite to begin the process

of applying for an authorization. Should you wish

to apply for an authorization upon successfully completing OWREN’s

course, call your local district office to set up an appointment to meet

with them and fill out their application for an authorization. 

You can provide the MNRF with a copy of your Certificate of

Completion from OWREN to exempt you from writing the MNRF OWRE exam

and they will guide you through the process of becoming authorized. 

Study and Test Question Guides are sent when the registration

deadline arrives and/or minimum course enrolment is met.

You will be notified by email at that time. 

 

No at-the-door registrations are taken.

You must be pre-registered.

 

NO refunds after (date specified on registration forms). 

Sorry, there are NO EXCEPTIONS, including any cancellations

by the registrants due to inclement weather. If the course fills,

it will proceed regardless of weather conditions

 - an instructor will be present.

OWREN reserves the right to cancel for insufficient enrolment

- if this occurs, your fees are refunded in full. Confirmed registrants are

to sign in from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. on first day of class (Class is from 8 AM—6 PM ). 

You will be notified by email when registration is confirmed. 

You MUST be 19 or over on the first day of class to register.

 

Deadline for registration is specified on the registration forms.  

NO refunds after that date for any courses. Sorry, there are NO exceptions,

including your cancellation (e.g.) due to inclement/adverse

weather or any other circumstances. There are no ‘transfers’

of fees paid to a future course if you cancel after that date

or are a no-show for whatever reason.


Please read - general outline and information about the

Beyond Basic Skills Wildlife Rehabilitation

& Care/Handling - Rabies Vectors Course 

 

Beyond Basic Skills Wildlife Rehabilitation

& Care/Handling - Rabies Vectors Course 

1 day course - 8 am- 6 pm

 

For registered foster care givers, volunteers or those who provide

interim handling and stabilization of wildlife. 

New or seasoned rehabilitators welcome!

 

Working with rabies vector species requires an extended and solid

based knowledge of rabies.  This course will also cover safely

working with and handling RVS in your facility and the responsibility of

both on and off-site foster care givers and volunteers who work with

these species. Being aware and responsible helps to keep our native

wildlife populations healthy and also keeps you and the public safe. 

Rabies is a disease that should be respected, not feared,

and knowing how to do your part to decrease the risks for everyone

is a cornerstone of the work we all need to do to help eradicate the current rabies

outbreak in Ontario and ensure it doesn’t recur once

 we are declared raccoon rabies free again.   

 

The second half covers information and best practices on rehabilitating

most of the common species that come into rehab care. 

Natural history, habits, diets and husbandry along with common

illnesses and injuries will be covered. Please bring any questions you

may have with you. There is no exam for this course, it is an interactive lecture format. 

 

This course will address:

~ Safe care and handling of rabies vector species (RVS) in wildlife

rehabilitation facilities and for anyone working hands on with these species.

~ Public health and safety, the rabies virus—separating fact from fiction,

keeping risks to a minimum, reporting requirements,

and making informed decisions. 

~ Natural history, habitats, and food sources for the most common

species admitted to rehabilitation facilities, critical for best practices

used in rehabilitation will be addressed through resource

materials distributed to each student.

~ Injury, common diseases ~ Diets and formula—for all ages.

~ Housing and handling—for all ages  ~ Enrichment in rehabilitation 

~ The importance of keeping the ‘wild’ in wildlife

—determining release readiness ~

Note: no exam in this course. This is an interactive lecture course,

no cadavers are used.  Course manuals are distributed at the class. 

 

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NO refunds after (date specified on registration forms). 

Sorry, there are NO EXCEPTIONS, including any cancellations

by the registrants due to inclement weather. If the course fills,

it will proceed regardless of weather conditions

 - an instructor will be present.

OWREN reserves the right to cancel for insufficient enrolment

- if this occurs, your fees are refunded in full. Confirmed registrants are

to sign in from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. on first day of class (Class is from 8 AM—6 PM ). 

You will be notified by email when registration is confirmed. 

You MUST be 19 or over on the first day of class to register.

 

Deadline for registration is specified on the registration forms.  

NO refunds after that date for any courses. Sorry, there are NO exceptions,

including your cancellation (e.g.) due to inclement/adverse

weather or any other circumstances. There are no ‘transfers’

of fees paid to a future course if you cancel after that date

or are a no-show for whatever reason.

 

 

If you would like registration information sent to you when other future dates

(those not listed above) are confirmed, please email us at:

 

owren.online(at)gmail(dot)com 

Be sure to include: 

your name,

full mailing address,

postal code,

telephone number,

and your email 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.

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