FAQs

General Questions


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What is the difference between your 2-day and 3-day courses?

Both 2-day and 3-day courses have the same course content and both have the dartgun practice lab and the needle and syringe lab. The 3-day course also has two hands-on labs with live animals such as domestic goats (which simulate deer). These animal labs provide the opportunity for participants to chemically immobilize an animal (with a hand injection) and then properly care for the animal with monitoring vital signs and addressing body condition. The participants conduct several other procedures such as completing a drugging form, evaluating anesthesia, and collecting blood. All of this is under veterinary supervision.

What is your cancellation policy?

We hope you will never have to miss an opportunity to take one of courses. We also realize that life is full of changes. Participants canceling prior to three weeks before the starting course date are guaranteed a 50% refund. No refunds will be given within 3 weeks of the starting date of the course.

What is a "refresher rate?

We often have people take GWRs more than once because this is so much information. The Refresher Rate is for those who have previously taken a GWR course. If you have previous training from other vendors or instructors, the refresher rate you would still register with the General Registration Rate.

We want to support college students and so we offer a reduced Student Rate for college students who are attending school full-time.

Will GWR wildlife courses certify people to capture, drug, and handle wildlife? When do your certificates expire?

There is no universal state or national certification program. Some states have specific certification programs and the National Park Service and USDA Wildlife Services have their own certification programs.

My courses meet the needs of certification for every US and Canadian certification program [READ MORE] that my participants have addressed so far, including the National Park Service and USDA Wildlife Services.

If you wish to know if my course addresses certification for a specific state or national program, you should contact the person coordinating that program and ask them while providing a course announcement and general wildlife course outline with labs. I can also provide you with a copy of my resume.

I am happy to guide you through this process though you will have to contact the agency yourself. You will be given a Certificate of Training at the end of the course as proof of your training. Mark R. Johnson DVM

Download Certification FAQ (PDF)

Is there a way to get college credit for GWR's courses?

Yes, there is a way. GWR has coordinated with University of Montana’s School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL) so students can get one (1) college credit. Anyone can enroll for one University of Montana college credit after they register and pay for the GWR’s wildlife handling and chemical immobilization course.

Here is what you would to do:

  1. Register and pay for a GWR course by either visiting our Training Schedule webpage, selecting the course you wish to attend and registering through PayPal or by sending us a check payable to Global Wildlife Resources.
  2. When you register, please let Dr. Mark know that you would like to either get one (1) college credit for the course. Dr. Mark will provide you with a credit registration form.
  3. Submit UM Credit Registration form and payment for $155 credit fee to Holly Kulish (Holly.Kulish@mso.umt.edu) at University of Montana. UM will enroll you for credit & send a confirmation email.
  4. Attend the course

If you cannot attend the course, you must notify both Global Wildlife Resources and the University of Montana’s School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL).

Dr. Mark, Global Wildlife Resources (GWR)

Download College Credit for GWR Courses (PDF)

 

Contact Information for Holly Kulish:

Holly Kulish
Program Manager, Extended Credit Courses
School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL)
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812

holly.kulish@umontana.edu | 406.243.4168 | http://www.umt.edu/sell/extended | www.facebook.com/UMSELLmissoula

Can I use my Segal AmeriCorps educational award to pay for GWR chemical immobilization courses?

We hope you will never have to miss an opportunity to take one of courses. We also realize that life is full of changes. Participants canceling prior to three weeks before the starting course date are guaranteed a 50% refund. No refunds will be given within 3 weeks of the starting date of the course.

Yes, there is a way. AmeriCorps Education Awards can be used when a student enrolls through a university. GWR has coordinated with University of Montana’s School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL) so students can get one (1) college credit and also get reimbursed with their AmeriCorp award. Essentially, you will pay GWR and Univ. Montana upfront and later be reimbursed. Here is how is what you do:

  1. Register and pay for a GWR course by either visiting GWR’s Training Schedule webpage, selecting the course you wish to attend and registering through PayPal or by sending us a check payable to Global Wildlife Resources.
  2. When you register, please let Dr. Mark know that you would like to either get one (1) college credit for the course and/or get reimbursed with your AmeriCorp award. Dr. Mark will provide you with a credit registration form.
  3. Submit UM Credit Registration form and payment for $155 credit fee to Holly Kulish ( Holly.Kulish@mso.umt.edu ) at University of Montana. UM will enroll you for credit & send a confirmation email.
  4. Using My AmeriCorps at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do , request your Ed Award funds be sent to University of Montana for the correct semester. The GWR course fee and $155 credit fee are eligible expenses.
  5. UM will review your request & approve the funds
  6. Attend the course
  7. AFTER the course begins, AmeriCorps wires the funds to UM. Sometimes they send the funds in two installments.
  8. UM refunds you. The default refund method is by mailed check.

If you cannot attend the course, you must notify both Global Wildlife Resources and the University of Montana. If you fail to cancel your registration and do not attend, you may be required to repay the Education Award to AmeriCorps.

Dr. Mark, Global Wildlife Resources (GWR)

Download How to Use an AmeriCorps Segal Award for GWR courses. (PDF)

Contact Information for Holly Kulish:

Holly Kulish
Program Manager, Extended Credit Courses
School of Extended & Lifelong Learning (SELL)
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812

holly.kulish@umontana.edu | 406.243.4168 | http://www.umt.edu/sell/extended | www.facebook.com/UMSELLmissoula

I would like to share my photos and/or videos of humane wildlife capture and handling to help teach the highest standards.

GWR recognizes that many of you have much to teach to other wildlife students and professionals. You also provide the strongest animal care, promote the highest professional standards, and wish to play a role in promoting those values. Please consider sharing your photos and/or videos of what wildlife biologists are doing in the field and how you are practicing the highest standards in animal handling. I will cite your contribution and give you full access to our new website with a growing collection of training resources.

Download Guidelines for Contributing Visuals (PDF)

I would like to be a guest author on your Wildlife Capture and Care Blog.

GWR invites you to be a guest author on our new Wildlife Capture and Care Blog. We value what you have to share. Help us improve wildlife capture and handling. Share your story, tool, technique, protocol or attitudes to improve animal care, efficiency in the field, or success as a wildlife professional.

Entertain! Inspire! Teach!

Please have fun with this. What would you like to share with seasoned professionals or an aspiring student? What values are important to you to improve and strengthen the culture of the wildlife profession or to be a successful wildlife professional?

Join us on the Wildlife Capture and Care Blog. I will cite your contribution with a short bio and give you full access to our new website with a growing collection of training resources.

Download Guidelines for Being a Guest Author (PDF)