Rehabilitator Certification Checklist

The WREN Certification Measure for Rehabilitation

Ethical Treatment of Animals

Entry protocol and examination

  • Timeframe from delivery/ admission of injured animal to physical exam. Fluid therapy, adequate analgesics, stabilization techniques, timely and practical decision making regarding prognosis for release and euthanizing if necessary
  • Ability to recognize when an animal is in distress and when the exam should be postponed

Exit Protocol

  • Protocol for soft release
  • Protocol for evaluation of survival ability
    • Flight and ability to perch
    • Ability to hunt or forage
    • Creance vs aviary
  • Knowledge of suitable release habitat
  • Euthanasia Protocol per USFWS
  • Qualifications of an education candidate

Relationship with a veterinarian

  • Knowledge of wildlife and avian medicine, normal values for lab work, basic knowledge of proper analgesics and other medications, surgical procedures, stabilization techniques, imaging techniques, basic anatomy and life history

Following federal and state regulations

  • Compliance and annual reports
  • Proper permits


  • Cleanliness of treatment room
  • Cleanliness and maintenance of cages, houses, aviaries, and boxes
  • Adequate size of cages, houses, aviaries, and boxes – limited activity, restricted exercise cages, flight aviaries or contract with permitted facility that has large aviaries.
  • Within IWRC and USFWS Guidelines
  • Proper dimensions, materials and enclosure structures (perches, shallow pool, natural substrates, etc)
  • Quality and cleanliness of other structures in cages and aviaries
  • Quarantine protocol for intake and for suspected infectious disease cases
  • Type of disinfectant and disinfecting protocol


  • Proper and clean medical equipment
  • Proper and clean cleaning equipment



  • Proper diet (amount and type)
  • Proper food preparation
  • Proper food storage
  • Quality control for food/ safe food sources
  • Knowledge and prevention of husbandry related problems – pododermatitis, aspergillosis, feather damage, soft tissue trauma, vitamin deficiencies, MBD, etc
  • Knowledge of life history, species ID, food and housing requirements that is species and age dependent
  • Proper care of orphans to prevent imprinting


  • Proper training techniques
  • Proper training equipment


  • Proper protection
  • Proper restraining technique
  • Various methods to minimize stress (towel restraint, hoods, etc)

Exceptional Business Practices

Proper book keeping
Marketing practices (ethical and efficient)

Financial prudence (the proper use of funds)

  • Analyzing the last 10 larger purchases of the organization.

Ethical and efficient fundraising
Funds to animals ratio (proper amount of funds for the amount of animals in care)
Use of available grants, local, state, and federal funds

Influential in the Community

  • Treatment of volunteer workers
  • Proper training and supervision of volunteers
  • Proper amount of help for size of organization
  • Efficient task lists and responsibilities
  • Liability form
  • Reward system

Public awareness

  • Announcements/updates in community
  • Overall awareness of organization within the community

Reputation in the community

  • Value community education
  • Well liked in community
  • Public releases (if possible) with the goal of releasing animals back to their original habitat
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