18th Annual Symposium

College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, NC
January 25 – 26, 2020

WRNC invites wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, vet techs and associated wildlife professionals to attend its 18th symposium.  The symposium is being held at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh on January 25 – 26, 2020.
In addition to general sessions appropriate for all rehabilitators, there is a track of sessions for beginning rehabilitators. There is a track of sessions that is approved for veterinary CE credit and a track approved for vet techs. A variety of workshops are offered. Many sessions are appropriate for more than one track.
Please note that the program is subject to change.

WRNC is providing extensive RVS training at the symposium.   It includes sessions on the new regulations, permit application requirements and procedures, and permit restrictions taught by the NCWRC (2 hours).   The Department of Health is teaching about rabies, vectors, vaccinations, titers, testing and more (2 hours).  Expert instructors for the various rabies vector species are covering handling, housing and care for each species (8+ hours).  These sessions cover the 12 hours of required training needed to qualify for the permit beginning in 2020.



The registration fee for non-members is $90 for registrations made by January 12 and $100 after January 12. There is a discount for members. Members need to login to get the reduced fee of $65. There is an additional fee for each lab taken. A catered lunch is available on Saturday and Sunday for $5 per meal. There is a $15 fee for registrants who wish to attend the banquet.

We are using the Office of Continuing Education at NCSU to process our registrations. You will be transferred from here to the CE Office site to registration for the symposium.

Registration is open for members. Login to register
Join HERE to become a member and then register

A confirmation email is sent from the CE Office after you register. It lists the options that you chose (labs, banquet etc). Please check the email carefully to ensure that you have made the lab, lunch and banquet reservations that you want. We recommend you bring a copy of the email with you as it is your proof that you made the reservation.

Online registration will be open through Tuesday, January 21. It will be closed after Tuesday, but you may come and pay your registration fee at the door.

If you need to cancel, see our Cancellation policy.



There is a $5 fee for each lab taken. The fees help cover the cost of supplies used in the labs.

You are required to select and pay for labs/workshop when you register. Please read the descriptions of the labs in the session abstracts before deciding on the labs that you wish to take. We encourage everyone to sign up for labs with care. The lab fee is non-refundable and non-transferable if you later change your mind. Also, if you select a lab and then don’t attend, you may keep someone else who wanted to attend from doing so.

Seats in labs are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Register early to insure placement in the labs of your choice.

Taking photographs is not permitted in the labs.
If you are allergic to latex please bring your own gloves.



Enjoy great food and lots of fellowship at our catered banquet Saturday evening. The banquet is held at the University Club. It starts at 6:30. There is a $15 fee for registrants who wish to attend the banquet. Reservations for the banquet must be made by January 17.

Guest speaker: David Davenport
Topic: An Overview of Global Ecotourism and a Focus on Mountain Gorillas

The banquet is held at
University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27606

Meet your fellow rehabilitators at the IceBreaker Friday evening from
7-9 pm at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Light hors d’oeuvres are provided.

The IceBreaker is held in the
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine cafeteria

Raffle items are on display throughout the day on Saturday.
Tickets may be purchased at the sales table.
The drawing is held on Saturday at 5:00 pm.



A special discounted rate is offered for attendees at the AGM Ramada Raleigh. The hotel is adjacent to the College of Veterinary Medicine where the symposium is held. Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations by calling the hotel direct.

Ramada Inn
1520 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607
Tel: 919-832-4100 (hotel direct)
Group code is GCWRNC2020

Symposium Rate: $69 single (king), $69 double per night (2 queen beds).
Breakfast is included.
Online booking is not available. To get the discounted group rate, call the hotel direct and specify that you are attending the WRNC Symposium. Provide the group code (GCWRNC2020).

The special room rate will be available until January 10th or until
the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


Symposium Scholarships

Three scholarships, that cover the symposium attendance fee and hotel lodging* are available for WRNC members with financial need.  To apply send an email to the WRNC president explaining how you expect to benefit from the symposium and why financial assistance to attend is needed.  Applications must be received no later than December 15, 2019.

For additional information contact WRNC President Carla Johnson: wildlifeed2@aol.com

*Lodging will be provided only if scholarship is awarded to applicant residing one hour or more from symposium location.


Continuing Education Credit

The WRNC symposium is approved for continuing education units for renewal of the Certified Wildlife Rehabilitor (CWR) certificate.

The WRNC symposium is approved for up to 10 hours of veterinary CE credit in North Carolina.

The WRNC symposium is approved for up to 12 hours of vet tech CE credit in North Carolina.



The Symposium is held at
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC

No live animals (pets or wildlife) are allowed in the college buildings during the WRNC Symposium, except by advance written permission.

Anyone found in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the symposium immediately, with no refund of monies paid.