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The Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture

Essential Elements and Best Practices

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Presenting practical tools and

techniques to strengthen success

and confidence in the field

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Emphasizing care, compassion, and respect for every animal

These courses are often profound personal and professional experiences





including 14 other wildlife veterinarians have contributed content for this course

Field-Based Chemical Capture Training

  • The Wildlife Society has approved 16 CE hours for Professional Development
  • RACE approved 16 hours for veterinarians and vet technicians
  • Covers all content in Dr. Mark's live courses and MUCH MORE!
  • Highest Standards in Animal Care 

This Training Package includes:

  • Online self-paced course with Dr. Mark's interactive support
  • Certificate of Training for 16 hours
  • Access to course for a full year
  • Amazing demonstration videos and stunning images
  • 150 page course notebook
  • New Drug Exposure Agency Protocols
  • Wildlife Work in COVID Times
  • Cost is $580 USD

Attention Groups:


Private Zoom Session with Dr. Mark

1 Zoom Session for Groups of 10+ 

2 Zoom Session for Groups of 20+ 


Attention College Students:

  • College Student Rate is $500
  • 2 ways to get college credit 


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Hope R.

"Your in-person classes are always sold-out by the time I hear of them, so I jumped at the chance to take this. If I could have rated a 6 out of 5, I would have. I think the videos were fantastic, and your ability to distill so much great research and observation into simple steps is so helpful. Thank you for being so adaptive and creating this online course! in these crazy covid-19 times.

So much great background material and references. Thank you. The way you presented the material in both reading and video form was helpful, so that I could go back to one or the other if something didn't make sense or if I missed something." 

Breanna Green

"While I have handled immobilized animals and assisted in recording TPRs, I was never made aware of the importance of doing so, nor of doing so regularly while the animal is down. I now feel more confident in going into immobilizations with smaller teams and giving the animal the best care possible. This course was simply laid out and easy to follow. My dog is not as thrilled with it, as he is unsure of what to make of getting his heart rate taken while he is trying to nap.

I greatly look forward to more online wildlife handling courses!"

Jackie Pagano

"I have had the privilege of auditing an in-person Wildlife Capture and Chemical Immobilization Course in the past, and was unsure what to expect taking the online version. After completing the online course I feel I was able to absorb so much more information by taking it at my own pace, seeing additional readings, and having quizzes at the end of each chapter to test how much I truly learned. I also really appreciate the fact that I can access this material for an entire year and watch the videos as much as I would like. I feel this online course has met more needs than would have been possible taking it in a 3 day in-person class. Thank you Dr. Mark!"

Dr. Mark Johnson, Instructor

Dr. Mark is a wildlife veterinarian and founder of Global Wildlife Resources (GWR). He has lead and assisted with field captures and taught live and online courses for over 30 years to zoo and wildlife students and professionals. Dr. Mark was Project Veterinarian for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 1995-96 gray wolf reintroduction program into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho and was the first wildlife veterinarian to work for the National Park Service. He is currently Project Veterinarian for the WA Colville Lynx Reintroduction Program as well as consulting for several projects around the country. With every course Dr. Mark teaches the highest standards in field practices and emphasizes how important it is to bring our heart-felt values into our science. He loves teaching and strives to help each student and professional achieve their goals and success.
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Course Outline

  • Chapter 1. Ethics of Wildlife Capture
  • Chapter 2. Five Preparation Steps
  • Chapter 3. Record Keeping & Legal Responsibilities
  • Chapter 4. Drug Delivery Systems
  • Chapter 5. Immobilizing Drugs
  • Chapter 6. Principles of Chemical Immobilization
  • Chapter 7. General Animal Care 
  • Chapter 8. Animal Care - Patient Monitoring
  • Chapter 9. Animal Processing Procedures
  • Chapter 10. Veterinary Emergencies
  • Chapter 11. Euthanasia
  • Chapter 12. Human Safety

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Simien Mountains Gelada Research Project, Ethiopia

“ I think the major difference between this darting season and past seasons [after taking your course] was TPR frequency; by taking and recording it regularly, we were really able to keep track of temperature, and to start mitigating drops or increases before they became an issue. I was impressed by how quickly our team was able to respond to these minute changes in temperature, and I think it made a huge difference in how attentive we were to the animals overall. “
India Schneider-Crease, Post Doctorate Fellow, Arizona State University
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Here is a sample of agencies & organizations utilizing the Foundations course:

Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Yukon Dept. of Environment, Animal Health Unit

USDA Wildlife Services

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Colville Confederated Tribes

Telluride Marshal's Office

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

fRI Research

MPG Ranch

Cape Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Whatcom Humane Society

Wolf Haven International

Mission Wolf