Our 2020 (and 40th annual!) conference was online this year from November 7 – 15th. All sessions were available to watch at your convenience throughout the 9 days. 

COVID-19 changed our plans, and we were sorry we didn’t get to see you in person, but we are grateful that we have found another way to share educational and network resources for our membership. It was such a success in fact, we hope to include a virtual component in our conference going forward. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date announcements and requests for feedback!

The Annual NYSWRC Seminar

The Live Q&A Sessions with speakers on Zoom were recorded, and are now available on the conference handouts page. (Password was in your conference confirmation email, along with the daily announcements sent during the event.)

Keynote Q&A – Wed Nov 11th 6:30-7:00 PM EST
Operations Topics Q&A – Wed Nov 11th 7:00-8:00PM EST
Labs Q&A – Thursday Nov 12th 6:30-7:30 PM EST
Vet Session Q&A – Thursday Nov 12th 7:30-8:30 PM EST
Mammal Topics Q&A – Friday Nov 13th 6:30-7:30 PM EST
Medical Topics Q&A – Friday Nov 13th 7:30-8:30 PM EST
RVS/ Mammal Diseases Q&A – Saturday Nov 14th 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Bird Topics Q&A – Saturday Nov 14th 4:00-5:00 PM EST

Annual Member Meeting – Saturday Nov. 14th 5:30-6:30 PM EST (including representatives from the NY DEC)

2020 Conference Speakers
Our Virtual Auction!
Continuing Ed. Credits Form
Whova App help


This year’s conference was originally scheduled for Binghamton NY, November 13-15 2020. We hope we can defer this plan to 2021 for our 41st conference.

Most years, the conference also provides an opportunity to take the DEC’s RVS (rabies vector species) course, required for individuals to rehabilitate raccoons, bats, and skunks in NY. Unfortunately the online course is still in early development and was not available for this year’s conference. We hope it can be offered in early 2021 instead.

Continuing education credits were offered to those who filled out the form by November 16th. Viewing the videos from start to finish is required and is checked (Whova allows us to see if you viewed the full video or not.) After we match this information we will email your Continuing Education certificates to save and print yourselves if needed.

Culminating its year-long efforts to support the rehabilitator in the field, NYSWRC sponsors an Annual Wildlife Rehabilitation Seminar: a dynamic, weekend-long educational event designed to help everyone from the beginning to the advanced rehabilitator, as well as interested veterinarians.

With in-depth programs staged by wildlife rehabilitation experts from throughout the US and abroad, subjects in 2020 included:

  • Virtual “Labs”: Fluid therapy, Animal Basic Care, Medical Math, Turtle Care
  • Bird Topics: Song birds, Raptors, Waterfowl and Shorebirds
  • Mammal Topics: Eastern Cottontails, Opossums, Canids, Squirrels
  • RVS/ Mammal Diseases: Bats, Raccoons, Skunks, Mammal Diseases & Zoonosis
  • Medical Topics: Wound Management, Head Trauma & Shock, Diarrhea & Emaciation, Bird Diseases & Treatments
  • Operations Topics:  Social Media, “Wild-scaping”, Insurance, and Dealing with the Public
  • Plus Vet and Vet Tech-only Sessions: Pain Management, Cases Reviews, Avian Orthopedics, Avian Opthalmology, Turtle Trauma

*Please know that the opinions, techniques, and methods presented by our speakers are their own and not necessarily the opinion of NYSWRC’s.

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A huge thanks to some of this year’s exhibitors! We couldn’t do this without your support.