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until a few years ago, anyone interested in raising wildlife was at liberty
to do so without training; however, effective January 1, 2006, as a result
of the latest EBR Policy, MNR regulations now require that all wildlife
custodians take appropriate training and attend courses.
In February, 2003, and not necessarily a requirement at the time, I decided
to take the Basic
Skills Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop, offered by
the Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network (OWREN).
In January 1, 2006, it was mandated that all new wildlife custodians
complete the Ontario Rabies Vector Species Course (RVS Course) prior to
being authorized to rehabilitate rabies vector species (Fox/raccoon/bats).
Excellent training opportunities are also offered through the National
Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.
Although located in the US, their conferences and training are second
to none and offer accredited certification in wildlife rehabilitation.
Through the Ministry of Natural
Resources, training is also available together with examination
material. Copies of guidelines, workbooks and exam materials will be
available through the MNR website shortly.