DEEP: Wildlife Rehabilitator Application Information

How to Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Connecticut

Wildlife rehabilitator applicants must be 18 years of age or older.  Every applicant must complete the following requirements prior to being considered for appointment:


Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitator Application
All persons seeking to rehabilitate wildlife must complete a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator application. Applications will be used to assess each individual's qualifications and experience with wildlife rehabilitation. Information regarding your facilities, veterinary resources, and affiliations with other environmental organizations will be used to supplement your qualifications.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Seminar/Exam
To ensure all qualified new applicants receive essential training in basic wildlife rehabilitation principals and become familiar with important related wildlife laws, programs, and information, all new applicants must attend and pass Connecticut's "Wildlife Rehabilitation Seminar and Exam". Seminar/exam notices will be sent to all applicants submitting completed applications during the year, and to those requesting applications near the time of the scheduled seminar/exam. Seminars will also be posted on the Calendar of Events. The next seminar/exam will be held in February/March of 2017. To be on our email list please send an email to

Statement of Apprenticeship
In a continuing effort to encourage communication and cooperation between rehabilitators, all new applicants must also submit a Statement of Apprenticeship. This statement must be signed by both the applicant and an authorized rehabilitator who is familiar with your qualifications and facilities.

Veterinary Support
All applicants must submit a statement of veterinary support. Although this requirement does not obligate the veterinarians in any manner, it does establish that, at the time of application, a veterinarian has been contacted who may provide information and/or treatment for wildlife taken in by said rehabilitator when the need for veterinarian services arises.

Types of Authorization

Standard Rehabilitator Appointment
A standard rehabilitator appointment authorizes a person to rehabilitate injured, sick, or immature nonmigratory birds and mammals (other than deer or Rabies Vector Species), until they can be released. It does not authorize the capture or relocation of nuisance wildlife.

Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Authorization
Applicants wishing to rehabilitate raccoons, skunks and foxes, Rabies Vector Species (RVS), will be required to meet additional stringent handling guidelines and disease prevention protocols developed by the State's Rabies Advisory Committee (RAC).

White Tailed Deer Authorization
Similarly, applicants wishing to receive authorization to rehabilitate fawn white tailed deer must apply and meet fawn rehabilitation guidelines established by the Wildlife Division's Deer Program Biologist.

Migratory Birds Authorization
Applicants desiring to rehabilitate migratory birds, which includes raptors, waterfowl and most songbirds, will also be required to obtain a federal Migratory Bird Rehabilitation permit. Migratory birds include all birds except resident gamebirds, (i.e.: ruffed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, wild turkey, etc.), pigeons, starlings, house sparrows and mute swans. Requests for applications to obtain a federal "Special Purpose Rehabilitator" permit can be made to USF&W Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, P.O. Box 779, Hadley, MA 01035-0779, Telephone (413)253-8643 or download a Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Application Form.

Reporting Requirements

Rehabilitators must keep accurate records of activities and submit them on forms provided by the Department at the end of each calendar year. This will be a condition of appointment renewal.

Forms for Applicants 

Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitator Appointment Application Form
Statement of Veterinarian Support Form
Statement of Apprenticeship Form 

Reference Materials

Rabies Immunization for Rehabilitators
Wildlife Rehabilitation - Is It For You (Link to WildAgain - Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. website)
Potential Places to Volunteer
Wildlife Rehabilitation Resources
Section 26-54 of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) - Wildlife Custodian (Link to Connecticut General Assembly website)

Forms for Wildlife Rehabilitators 
Wildlife Custodian Annual Renewal Form  Word Form  PDF
Mammal Report Form Word Form  PDF
Migratory Bird Report Form Word Form  PDF
Non-Migratory Bird Report Form Word Form  PDF
Native Bird Report Form Word Form  PDF
Reptile and Amphibian Report Form Word Form  PDF
Bat Report Form Word Form  PDF
White-tailed Deer Report Form Word Form  PDF

Endangered Species Report Form Word Form 
Transfer Form Word Form  PDF

RVS Report Form Word Form  PDF
Rabies Advisory Notice Word Form  

For further information, contact Laurie Fortin of the Wildlife Division at (860) 424-3011,, or send postal mail to:

      Laurie Fortin
      Connecticut DEEP
      Wildlife Division
      79 Elm Street
      Hartford, CT  06106-5127

Last updated: June 20, 2016