The Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education (AWARE) will be offering classes on wildlife rehabilitation at Niagara County Community College, Community Education. The class will be in 2 four week sessions.
Session I: January 22, 2011 to February 12, 2011, (Saturdays) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This course is designed to prepare the student for beginning rehabilitation of wild mammals. Included in the course are; NYS DEC licensing applications and legal issues, dealing with the public, safety in handling, capture techniques, transporting, medical terminology, care of orphaned mammals, diseases of mammals, and more. Information on special licensing for rabies vector species (RVS) will also be covered.
Session II: February 26, 2011 – March 19, 2011 (Saturdays) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This session specifically focuses on the rehabilitation of birds. Included in this session are; applying for USF&W permits, legal issues, species identification, handling and safety, bird anatomy and physiology, care of orphaned birds, bandaging, treatment techniques, housing, caging, pre-release conditioning and diseases.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONGuest speakers, who specialize in specific areas of wildlife rehabilitation and education, will introduce information at some of the classes for both sessions. There will also be live animals brought in for training purposes.
Following each sessions, all students are given a certificate of completion that can be used when applying for their license and permit, and are encouraged to join our volunteer team. We are also in need of those that do not want to get licensed, who might be interested in helping in other areas. These include: fundraising, grant writing, capturing and transporting animals to us or the veterinarians, public relations, construction of cages, begging for donations of materials and food (for the animals, not us), and for helping at our educational programs “SHOW YOU CARE, BE AWARE!”