Two day course - 22 CVE credits!!
COURSE - date still to be confirmed
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Due to the unprecidented demand for the IWRC’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course we are delighted to announce that we will be running it as demand dictates. The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council have kindly facilitated this by training an Irish Instructor to deliver the Course. This will be the fourth consecutive year that we have offered this Course and it has only grown in popularity - a great sign for our wildlife!
This training course is a specialist course concentrating on the theory and practice of wildlife rehabilitation and in order to provide the optimum learning opportunity the Course is limited to an intimate group of ten delegates.
The IWRC www.theiwrc.org are the leading developers of professional training for wildlife care providers in North America and internationally. This course is an opportunity to sample the quality of rehabilitation training opportunities that are provided by the IWRC. The IWRC offers both classroom and online based training in aspects such as wildlife nutrition, parasitology, pain management and basic wildlife rehabilitation.
|The Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course is a comprehensive introductory course in wildlife rehabilitation. Lecture topics include: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation; anatomy and physiology; calculating fluid requirements; handling and physical restraint; thermoregulation; stress; basic shock cycle; initial care and physical examination; nutrition and associated diseases; standards for housing; zoonoses; euthanasia criteria and release criteria.
Practical topics include: gavage; physical restraint; injections; physical examinations; weighing and limb immobilisation.
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The two day course has been accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland
for 22 CVE credits
Programme Day 1 (8.30am - 5.30pm)
Pre Course homework; unit conversions, fluid therapy, rehab protocol
Registration & coffee
Programme Day 2 (8.30am - 5.30pm)
Registration & coffee
Tina Swindle is an RCVS Qualified Veterinary Nurse. She holds a Certificate in advanced radiography from Cambridge Vet School, and has been Head Nurse and Clinical Manager in domestic and wildlife hospitals for over 15years.
Tina was born in Ireland but travelled to the UK to run her own veterinary referral animal physiotherapy clinic under the umbrella of the UK Medivet Veterinary Group.
Tina's personnel and animal management skills and her passionate interest in wildlife made her a natural staff choice for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in the UK. Starting as Head Nurse for 4 years, her communication, administrative and teaching skills led her to the position of Clinical Manager for another 8 years. During this time Tina instigated and ran the UK's first in-house wildlife care NVQ course. She achieved an internal verifier qualification for the NVQ programme
Tina’s enthusiasm, empathy and eagerness to share her wildlife rehabilitation knowledge, combined with the intimate size of the group, accounts for the popularity of this IWRC Course.
FEES for the two day course:
Veterinary Surgeons (MVB) if claiming CVE credits
€470 (375 GBP)
Registered Veterinary Nurses if claiming CVE credits
€255 (205 GBP)
Students and anyone NOT claiming CVE credits
€160 (130 GBP)
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If the fees are preventing your attendance you can contact us to discuss grant assistance
We have been asked by potential donors how to obtain the greatest good for wildlife from financial donations. Our belief at WRI is that educating people about the importance and practice of wildlife care has the greatest long term good.
If you would like to donate specifically to the Wildlife Course Grant Fund to help subsidise our Wildlife Courses for those of limited means, please click on the DONATE button below.
Many thanks to those of you that have already donated
The International Wildlife Rehabilitation’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course is an intensive and wonderfully engaging two day course that is geared towards wildlife rehabilitators, vets, students and wildlife enthusiasts. It is run by Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI); a not for profit organisation which exists to promote awareness of wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation in Ireland.
Irish wildlife is constantly facing challenges and WRI aims to provide useful information to the general public in order to improve animal welfare in Ireland. Unfortunately there is a lack of national capacity with regards to managing and protecting wildlife in Ireland and this science-based course is a step in the right direction in terms of equipping participants with both theoretical and practical knowledge on wildlife rescue and care.
Caring for wildlife differs greatly to caring for domestic animals and during the course you will be taught how to deal with mammals and birds of all sizes and behaviour. It is run by experienced and enthusiastic professionals; Tina Swindle is the instructor for the duration of the course. Tina is a RCVS qualified veterinary nurse and has been head nurse and clinical manager in domestic and wildlife hospitals for over 15 years. Tina teaches in an easy going, anecdotal way and makes scientific elements of the course easy to grasp. Her ardent passion for wildlife comes through strongly in her lectures which makes learning even more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Due to the small number of participants on the course, interaction with wildlife professionals and enthusiasts is part of the whole experience of the Course. Thus it not only provides you with invaluable knowledge but it also enables you to network with people within the wildlife sector which can lead to exciting opportunities in the future.
The IWRC Course is carefully designed to cater for people of varying abilities and experience; it is both introductory yet keeps you on your toes. The course instructors are there to assist you with any trouble you may have with the course content. Upon entering the lecture room, you are given a course handbook which thoroughly outlines everything you need to know about rehabilitating wildlife. This handbook is used in the open book examination that takes place at the end of the two days. The exam allows you to demonstrate what you have learned whilst simultaneously reinforcing your understanding through the process of revision. The course instructors are on hand to help you with any questions that you may have.
This accredited (Veterinary Council of Ireland) Course is scheduled multiple times throughout the year and takes place in the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Only 10 people are enrolled for each session and there is a waiting list so in order to ensure a place on this Course make sure you book well in advance. The applied nature of this Course makes it completely unique and will enhance credibility.
If you want to make a difference and help promote standardisation of wildlife care in Ireland then it is an invaluable Course to attend. If you are studying veterinary, the course will broaden your understanding of all animals; not just companion and farm animals. By the end of the two days, you will feel well-equipped and confident in knowing that you are carrying out wildlife rehabilitation procedures in the safest, most humane way possible.
Jade Dillon MA
The Pillo Hotel
Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland
Tel: 01 835 0800 within Ireland
From outside Ireland: 00 353 1 835 0800
Website: www.pillohotelashbourne.com or click HERE
From Dublin Airport:
From the airport follow signs for the M1 (Southbound) and the M50 (Southbound). Merge onto the M1 and stay in the left hand lane. After approximately 2km, take the slip road for the M50 (Southbound).
Stay on the motorway for 2 junctions, following signs for the N2, Ashbourne & Derry. Once you are on the N2/M2, after approximately 14km you will come to another roundabout where the hotel will be situated just off the 2nd exit.
From the M1 (Drogheda South junction):
Take the Drogheda / Duleek exit off the motorway and got through the toll booth on the slip road. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road take the 2nd exit signposted for Duleek. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit towards Duleek / Ashbourne.
Go under the motorway and take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout, again signposted for Duleek / Ashbourne. Continue for 16km until you reach the junction with the N2. Turn left towards Ashbourne and travel along the N2 for approximately 8km until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout take the first exit into the hotel.
Public Transport directions:
From Dublin airport:
Bus number 109A click HERE for timetable
Taxi from Dublin airport roughly €48 (each way)
From Dublin city:
Bus number 103 click HERE for timetable
The Residents Hotel
Tel: 01 8359300
Archerstown Lodge B&B
Tel: 086 865 0257 or 01 8351084
Tel: 01 8350446
Aisling Guest House,
Tel: Rob / Kate on 01 835 0359 - will facilitate transport to the Pillo Hotel
Ashbourne House Hotel
Tel: 01 835 8400
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Comments from some delegates who have attended the Basic Wildlife Course:
"Fantastic course and suitable for anyone waiting to pursue an interest in wildlife."
"Those giving the course were very helpful and friendly"
"A great refresher for experienced and a brilliant introduction for those new to the field."
"Great course thanks a lot guys"
"Excellent and suitable for any vet in practice"
"Brilliant Course. Really enjoyed it and definitely learned a lot. I will be doing courses with these guys again"
“Well worth doing, gives you the confidence to deal with wildlife casualties. Highly recommend it”
"This course gave me an opportunity to gain knowledge in a field of which I had little knowledge. The other courses and veterinary meetings which I had been attending to gain CVE points were providing me with little information I didn’t already know. This course vastly surpassed my expectation in the lectures, talks and practical demonstration giving me much increased knowledge of wildlife and best practice wildlife rehabilitation procedures."
“Absolutely amazing, best money I’ve ever spent. Leaving full of confidence in treating any hedgehogs that come my way!”"This course is a perfect chance to become educated and gives confidence to help. It also helps build up a support network of organisations willing to take the casualty to the next level and hopefully rehabilitation. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in helping wildlife. It is delivered in an easy to understand way in a realxed and sometimes fun environment. This is a course not to be missed!"
"Wildlife needs our help more than ever, do this course and you will be more confident to give this help so much needed."
"Hopefully when I get a job in conservation biology and wildlife management the skills learned from this course will allow me to treat any minor injuries to wildlife in the area."
"I would love to be involved one day in wildlife conservation and just knowing that I have this course to help me along the way is great."
"A great introduction to basic 1st aid, brilliant for beginners and those with some experience in wild animal rehabilitation. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more"
"Superb! Excellent course very informative and essential if working in the field or just interested in gaining knowledge"
"Brilliant well worth doing"
"Educational, Practical & Fun!"