One-Day Bat Rehabilitation Basics Workshop

Learn the basic skills that are essential to successfully rehabilitating orphaned and injured bats and returning them to their natural habitat. Limited to six first-time students only, this class format is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities designed to provide students with key information and experience. Limited to 6 people.

Instructor: Kate Rugroden
Co-instructors: Lori Sanderson & Jacqui Sutherland

Date and Location for Basic Class (click here to see Advance Class dates):

May 23, 2020: Bat World Sanctuary, Weatherford, TX
July 18, 2020: Plano, TX
October 10, 2020: Weatherford, TX

Information: Contact Instructor Kate Rugroden: [email protected]
Limit: 6 students
Fee: $149.00

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Introduction to bats
  • Safe capture and handling
  • Intake procedures and initial examination
  • Injection lab (using deceased specimens)
  • Husbandry
  • Caging and sanitation
  • Enrichment
  • Wellness and preventive medicine
  • Feeding and nutrition – adult bats
  • Meal worm maintenance
  • Feeding and nutrition – infants and weaning pups
  • Milk replacer formulas
  • Weaning orphaned bats
  • Hands-on feeding practice
  • Rabies
  • White Nose Syndrome
  • Release criteria
  • Species identification

All students will receive a copy of Bat World Sanctuary’s Standards and Medical Management for Captive Insectivorous Bats manual and a companion DVD. The non-refundable* registration fee of $149 covers classroom instruction, the manual and DVD, handouts, and lab materials. Students must have completed the **rabies pre-exposure vaccination series prior to participation in this class, and will be asked to sign a waiver of liability prior to handling live bats. (Please don’t sign and email the waiver to us as it will be provided to you at class.)

*In the event that a student cannot attend a scheduled class, arrangements may be made to transfer the registration to a future class session.

** Please remember to bring your proof of vaccination or titer level with you to class. If you fail to provide proof of being vaccinated you will not be able to handle live bats during class (sorry, no exceptions).


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