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Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course Available at Mercer County Community College

October 15, 2012

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing the public that Mercer County Community College is now offering a five (5) day course, the Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation, to be held on five Saturdays between October 20 and November 17, 2012 from 9am to 5pm each day.

Wildlife rehabilitation is the process of providing care of orphaned and injured native wild animals with a goal of releasing these animals back to their natural habitats. Most states, including New Jersey, require permits in order to provide wildlife rehabilitation services. Approved by the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, this course is part of an alternative route program to meet a portion of New Jersey State licensing requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Successful completion of the course will count for 40 hours toward the 200 hour New Jersey apprenticeship licensing requirement.

The Basic Training Course for Wildlife Rehabilitation focuses on the skill sets necessary to become a successful wildlife rehabilitator. This course offers information and professional training on wildlife rehabilitation provided by some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. It includes history, licensing requirements and regulations, mammal, bird and reptile species identification and anatomy, proper handling, care and nutrition, medical procedures, and much more. In addition to persons interested in becoming licensed wildlife rehabilitators, this course will benefit currently licensed rehabilitators wishing to add new species to their permit and anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge about native New Jersey wildlife.

Completion of the course requires attendance at all classes. Registration will be through Mercer County Community College at 609-570-3311. Enrollment is open to any person 18 years of age or older; and, there is no requirement for prior experience or training to attend this course. Please contact Career Development Institute (CDI) with any additional course content or certification questions that you may have at 732-821-6997. Faculty biographies, course schedule, fees and addition information is available on CDI's website,

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