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NWRA/IWRC Minimum Standards 3rd Edition (PDF file, 240KB)

The Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition, is based on accepted norms in biology, medicine, behavior, natural history, and, of course, wildlife rehabilitation. The information in this publication pertains to all who rehabilitate wildlife, regardless of numbers and types of wildlife cared for, budget size, number of paid or volunteer staff, and size and location of activity. 

To purchase a printed copy of the 3rd, click here.

For a free PDF file of the 3rd edition, click here.

US Fish & Wildlife Service references the 3rd edition of Minimum Standards for Rehabilitation in the avian rehabilitation permit regulations.

Checklist for the Minimum Standards

The Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition, has a companion Checklist for use by wildlife rehabilitators as a self-evaluation tool. Click here to view or download the checklist (PDF file format, 44KB in size). An explanation and introduction for the Checklist, including why it was sent, what it means, and how should it be used can be found here.

NWRA/IWRC Minimum Standards 4th Edition (2012)

The Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation, 4th edition is available for purchase.

To purchase a printed copy of the 4th edition of the Standards, click here.

For a free PDF of the 4th edition, click here.

Differences between the 3rd and 4th editions

In addition to what is here, some sections have altered or added text to clarify, expand, or update information in the 3rd edition.