A primary goal of raptor rehabilitation is to prepare releasable raptor patients for success when they are well enough to be reintroduced into the wild population. Success can be defined as the ability to perform activities such as hunting, defending a territory, breeding, and for some species, migrating. To meet these goals, a raptor must go through a phase of reconditioning before release. Physical reconditioning is a necessity, and for some raptors, mental conditioning is also needed. In this six-week, online course, you will learn basic exercise physiology, the creance technique for reconditioning raptors, methods for “getting a raptor’s head in the game,” established release criteria, and considerations for the release itself.
This course offers up to 9 continuing education credits, as certified by Minnesota’s Board of Veterinary Medicine.
There is a weekly, live online interaction with an instructor each Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. CT to approximately 8:30 p.m. CT. The course runs for 6 consecutive weeks. These live presentations will be recorded for alternative viewing times. Cancellations up to 24 hours before the class start are eligible for a full refund.
About The Raptor Center
Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center admits around 1,000 sick and injured raptors each year in our clinic, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations.
An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation.
In addition, The Raptor Center reaches over 100,000 people annually through its unique public education programs and events.