Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Program:
In order to obtain a rehabilitation license in the state of Maryland, the Department of Natural Recourses requires individuals to complete a series of steps that OWRC is willing to help you with.

1. You must fill out and mail a form to DNR in order to gain your permit. Ron Wexler, OWRC’s director and master rehabilitator, will assist you in the process. Here is a link to DNR’s documents page:
2. You will be required to work with an array of animals through each season and have a master rehabilitator sign off saying you have completed these tasks. In order to obtain the license you must complete a total of 200 hours working with injured and orphaned wildlife over a two year period during all seasons. We ask that you volunteer with us 4.5 hours a week in order to complete this. We will fully train you and get you ready to take in wildlife at your home.
3. In order to obtain and maintain a license you must take at least 12 hours of approved continuing education classes during each two year period. We offer all of the classes that you will need to obtain and maintain your license. There is a list of the classes at the bottom of this page.
4. Once you have your license we will continue to sponsor you and your efforts to help save wildlife.

International Wildlife Certificate Program:
1. Basic Care for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will address basic admissions procedures, physical examination techniques, health assessment, primary care, wound management and bandaging, fluid therapy, stress management, nutritional needs, and an overview of typical emergencies you may encounter.
2. Wildlife Capture and Restraint Techniques (This class is $85.00)
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will provide capture restraint techniques to include chemical immobilization, handling of injured animals, human safety issues, species-specific management, use of traps, transport cages, carriers, nets, protective gear, and an overview of the Fight or Flight theory.
3. Zoonoses, Public Safety, and Basic Laboratory Techniques
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of emerging diseases that pose a threat to wildlife and man, including West Nile Virus, Malaria, Rabies, and biological threats. Students will learn to recognize the diseases and become familiar with controlling and preventing the spread of the diseases between animals and man. Students will also learn basic diagnostic laboratory skills, such as collecting specimens, running primary urinalysis, blood and fecal studies, using relative equipment, and diagnostic procedures.
4. Specialized Care and Needs of Wildlife – Birds and Raptors
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will provide students with primary care information to include species-specific formulas, housing, and medications. Species will include song and migratory birds, and raptors.
5. Specialized Care and Needs of Wildlife – Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will provide students with primary care information to include species-specific formulas, housing and medications. Species will include opossums, squirrels, reptiles, rabbits, turtles and R.V.S.
6. Rescue and Rehab of Oiled Birds, Mammals, and Marine Life
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will introduce students to animal health safety, capture and restraint, transport protocol, initial care, common medical treatment, quarantine parameters, animal handling, stress management, site set up, disinfection/sterilization, rehabilitation protocol, washing techniques, feeding, housing, and release standards.
7. Housing Requirements from Captive and Recovering Wildlife to Release
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will present housing plans for various species, from small pens up through raptor flight pens, and soft release of animals back into the wild. The students will be introduced to building techniques, materials, and locating suitable release sites, and state and federal minimum standard requirements.
8. Emergency Treatment and Stabilization of Injured Wildlife
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will address basic assessment stabilization and transport procedures for common bird and mammal emergencies such as shock therapy, stabilization of broken bones, acute bleeding, fluid therapy, hypothermia, burns, head trauma, and toxic poisoning.
9. Veterinarian and Wildlife Rehabilitator Relations
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course has been designed to familiarize students with the veterinarian practice and to help develop veterinarian-rehabber relationships and will address financial responsibilities and voluntary services.
10. Nutritional Requirements of Wildlife by Species
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will provide a review of species specific dietary and supplemental needs for opossums, squirrels, song and migratory birds, reptiles, rabbits, and raptors. Dietary guidelines and brand name formula resources will be provided. (Please bring calculator).
11. Environmental Issues in the State of Maryland
Credit: 6 CEUs MD/DNR
This course will provide students with background information about wildlife habitats and environmental issues, and the effects of over-development, use of lawn chemicals and pesticides, and natural water supply conditions.
12. Marine Wildlife Rescue and Research
Credit: 18 CEUs MD/DNR
This advanced course pertains to rescue of birds, mammals, and marine life on the water. Students are required to complete 18 CEUs in Basic Care for Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, Rescue and Rehab of Oiled Birds, Mammals and Marine Life, and Wildlife Capture and Restraint Techniques. In addition, students must have completed either the DNR, Coast Guard, or U.S. Power Squadron Boating Safety Course, and the U.S. Power Squadron Seamanship 101 and 102 courses.

Please bring paper, pen/pencil, and a calculator to classes. If possible, please bring a stethoscope, and microscope for labs.
• Announcing the 2013 OWRTC (Orphaned Wildlife Rescue and Training Center, Inc.) “Wildlife Specialist” certificate program, which requires a cumulative total of 60 CEUs. OWRTC will offer required classes over a four-year period. All classes are accredited and approved for CEUs through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and in most other states in the U.S.
• All CEU courses are offered to Maryland state licensed Veterinarians, Vet Technicians, DNR licensed wildlife interns, wildlife rehabilitators, and animal control officers.
• All courses are offered on a first come, first served basis with limited space available, approximately 47 seats per class. OWRTC will make every effort to offer additional courses when necessary. To register, please fax OWRTC at 410-326-3038 with copies of your veterinary, DNR intern, or Wildlife Rehabilitator license.
• Fees: a nominal registration and materials fee of $35.00 per class is required in advance. Make checks or money orders payable to OWRTC. Certain classes may have additional costs, noted in the class description.
• OWRTC maintains one of the state’s most complete and comprehensive wildlife reference libraries available to its’ students on-site between the hours of 10:00am-3:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday by appointment only.

OWRTC, Inc. and TWCM, Inc. are divisions of OWRC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, publicly funded charitable organization.