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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Classes

Want to get started in wildlife rehabilitation or need continuing education credits? We offer a wide range of classes from online to onsite

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Join WRI and make a difference in the lives of wildlife. Members are eligible for board and committee positions or can help out at the Center once a month.

The Center

View the progress of the Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center located in Virginia Beach.

Volunteer Opportunities

Want To make a difference helping wildlife? We have many volunteer opportunities for skill levels from administrative to manual labor, from special events to once a month tasks. If you do not see one that fits your needs, let us know and we can create an opportunity.

Questions about Wildlife?

We offer information about local wildlife and initial screenings, as well as rescue and transport tips.

WRI Hotline

Need Wildlife Assistance? Give us a Call at 757-543-7000


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Wildlife Response, Inc. is a distinctive 501c3 volunteer organization devoted solely to the care of orphaned, injured, and displaced native wildlife. We are dedicated to increasing awareness of wildlife rehabilitation to the public. Our organization depends primarily upon the private donations for its programs and services.  

The Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center will be a centrally located facility where citizens, animal control officers and other agencies can drop off wildlife. In addition, the Center will provide a redistribution center for animals to be triaged, and then sent to permitted-based wildlife rehabilitators for care. The Center is expected to open in 2018.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Classes

Wildlife Response is now offering a selection of Independent Study classes for continuing education units (CEUs). The classes are free to members of Wildlife Response Inc. Non-member cost is $10.00 per class.

The following is a list of available classes and dates available:
• Rehabilitation of Mink (2 CEUs)
• Rehabilitation of Muskrat (2 CEUs)
• Cleaning 101-keeping the rehabilitator safe (1 CEU)
• Rehabilitation of Grey Squirrels and Flying Squirrels (3 CEUs)
• Disease and Injury in the squirrel (2 CEUs)
• Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife (2 CEUs)
• Lifestyles of the Furred-The Natural History of Wildlife and Its importance to Rehabilitation-(2 CEUs)
• Rehabilitation of the River Otters (1 CEU)
• Rehabilitation of the North American Beaver (1 CEU)
• Teaching the Fledgling Human (1 CEU)
• Identification of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife in Hampton Roads- (2 CEUs)

To request a class, submit an email request to Suzanne McBride, Director of Rehabilitation and Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the class name requested. You will be sent the research paper and a questionnaire based on information presented. Some classes require a sketch of an enclosure you would build for a specific species. Answers to the questionnaire can be returned via email or mail.

Education Animals

Black Vulture

WRI Black Vulture

Our newest education animal is a Black Vulture. He was hit by a car and cant be released because he can no longer fly. Vultures are very important to our local ecosystems. They are scavengers. They eat dead animals "carion," reducing them to only bones. He does not eat his food whole, he eats strips of meat. Black Vultures are very loyal to their families.

Box Turtle

Our Box Turtle was the last survivor of a nest of eggs that were scavenged by birds. He was smaller than a half dollar when he was donated to WRI. He is growing and thriving currently on display at the Virginia Living Museum. He will be released in the Fall. He likes to eat worms, crickets, green vegetables and leaves.

Corn Snake

WRI Corn Snake

The Corn Snake was donated to WRI. He is a captive bred snake. Corn Snakes are native to Virginia but appear in pet stores too. Our corn snake is very popular with children at events. He is exhibited in a small container but lives in a large 50 gallon tank with four different hiding holes. He eats one jumbo mouse a week.

Great Horned Owl

WRi Great Horned Owl

The WRI Great Horned Owl is a female that was hit by a car. She had a broken wing that did not heal properly. She can't be released because she can't fly and can't catch her own food. She is our most requested visitor at educational events. She eats up to five mice a day. Owls eat their prey whole and later spit out a pellet of hair and bones.

Education and Outreach

Education & Outreach

WRI promotes community education as well as wildlife rehabilitation education in Southeastern Virginia. We are dedicated to the preservation of wildlife through rehabilitation and education. It is essential for the public to understand the sensitive balance of human and non-human populations, the affect we have on the natural environment, and the best ways in which we can coexist.

Community Education

WRI puts the WILD in wildlife education! Our knowledgeable, professional, and passionate staff will entertain and educate through close encounters with real live animals! Nothing has a greater impact than the sight of a Great Horned owl or Red-tailed Hawk just feet away! WRI presents exciting and educational programs at nearly any venue and for any age group. Sample organizations include: school groups, community associations/civic leagues, senior facilities, etc.


Wildlife Rehabilitator Education

WRI offers a wide range of training class in-person and online. Depending upon your permit needs, we have licensed volunteers ready to help you learn more about becoming a wildlife rehabilitator or maintaining your license. Checkout our self-pace learning classes.


Community Outreach

Community outreach programs are offered by a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and are available year round. We have four education ambassador animals that we can use to educate the community about wildlife. Photos can also be taken with the animals. The Program is exciting, humorous and very educational. The program usually lasts about 1 hour.

We provide programming for all ages including community associations, schools, scouts, churches, daycares, libraries, senior groups, and more. Reservations need to be made at least 4 weeks in advance. There is no charge.

To schedule a presentation or exhibit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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