GWR Live Courses

Wildlife Handling & Chemical Immobilization

For Wildlife, Zoo, and Animal Control Professionals and Students

Global Wildlife Resources (GWR) provides 2-day and 3-day wildlife chemical capture courses. These courses are the most extensive chemical immobilization courses in North America. Three-day courses have labs with animals.

This unique training focuses on the field-based needs for chemical immobilization of free-ranging, urban, and captive animals.

These courses are invaluable to state/ federal/tribal wildlife professionals, college students, ACOs (animal control officers), zoo and sanctuary caretakers, and exotic game farmers.

“Dr. Mark, this was the best immobilization course I’ve attended (5 including this one). Your students are better for it.”


  • Chemical Immobilization – participants immobilize live animals (3-day classes)
  • TPR Lab – practice lab with live animals to prepare for chemical immobilization lab (3-day classes)
  • Drug Delivery Systems – opportunity to practice the most effective dartguns
  • Needle & Syringe Skills – building professional habits for practical field use and human safety
  • Blood Collection Training and Practice Station – practice proper techniques for successful blood collection

Course Content Includes

* Drug Delivery Systems * Immobilizing Drugs * Drug Dose Calculations *
* Five-Step Preparation for Field Operations * Legal Responsibilities *
* Patient Monitoring * Sampling * Veterinary Emergencies *
* Euthanasia * Human Safety * Post Capture Assessment *

Monthly Live Q&A Sessions for all course attendees

Class size is limited so register early!

Places are reserved once payment is received

“Mark Johnson is an exceptional instructor. He teaches with an enthusiasm rarely seen. That enthusiasm is contagious and the entire class benefits.”

GWR courses build confidence and strengthen resumes!

They are often profound personal and career experiences

for course participants.

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CEUs provided by The Wildlife Society for Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Professional Development Program
Courses are RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
CEUs authorized by The Ecological Society of America in Category 1 of their Professional Development Program.


2023 Live Training Courses

Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Grand Mound, WA

Course Dates: April 28-29, 2023

Location: Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound WA

This workshop is hosted by the WA-TWS Chapter.

The 2-day workshop is part of the WA TWS Annual Meeting. Conference registration is optional.


Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Wenatchee, WA


Course Dates: June 28-30, 2023

Location: Wenatchee Valley College

This 3-day course is hosted by

To Register: Contact Anna Machowicz

Email:  [email protected]

Phone: (517) 388-2544


Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Madison, WI


Course Dates: Aug. 2-3, 2023

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison

This 2-day course is hosted by Global Wildlife Resources. For questions contact Mark Johnson DVM

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (406) 570-3915

Course is Cancelled

Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Marquette, MI


Course Dates: Sept. 19-21, 2023

Course Location: Northern Michigan University, Marquette MI

This 3-day course is hosted by Global Wildlife Resources. For questions contact Dr. Mark Johnson DVM

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (406) 570-3915

Download MI Course Flyer


Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Wolf Haven International


Course Dates: Oct. 3-5, 2023

Course Location: Wolf Haven International, Tenino WA

This 3-day course is hosted by Wolf Haven International.

Registration is NOW OPEN with a Sept. 8 application deadline.


To register – email: [email protected]

Wolf Haven Wildlife Handling Course Flyer 2023

For more information go to Wolf Haven Events

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between GWR 2-day and 3-day courses?

A: GWR 2-day courses have all of the course content and hands-on labs except for working with live animals.

GWR 2-day Courses GWR 3-day Courses
Course Content All topics All topics
Certificate of Training 16 hours 24 hours
Drug Delivery System Lab X X
Needle and Syringe Lab X X
Blood Collection Practice Station X X
TPR Lab with Live Animals X
Chemically Immobilize Live Animals X
Monthly Live Q&A Sessions X X

Q: What if I need to cancel?

A: CANCELLATION POLICY – Cancellations 60 days or more – full refund. Cancellations 30-59 days before the course – 50% refund. Cancellations less than 30 days – no refund.

Q: What if I can’t attend a live GWR course?

A:  Sign up for Dr. Mark’s online course, “The Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture“.

Take this online training at your own pace with Dr. Mark’s Interactive Support.

  • Access is for a full year!
  • 16 hours approved for TWS Professional Development Program and RACE approved.
  • Amazing demonstration videos and stunning images.
  • 150 page downloadable course notebook plus handouts

There is far more content here than in any other online course in chemical capture.

Download online Foundations Course Flyer

Here is a video introducing The Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture Online Course.

Would you like a College Student Discount for the online Foundations Course?    Learn More Here


Still Have Questions?  Contact Dr. Mark