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Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Wildlife rehabilitators are licensed by MassWildlife to provide care for sick or injured wildlife. If you are interested in becoming licensed, we first encourage you to volunteer with a rehabilitator to learn more about the commitment.

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What you need for Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Before you can apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, you must pass the Massachusetts Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit exam with a score of at least 80%. More information about the exam, as well as a study guide, can be found under the downloads section below.

For information

  • For information on permit prerequisites, exam details, and application procedures to become a wildlife rehabilitator, please email wildlife.rehab@mass.gov.
  • For already licensed wildlife rehabilitators looking for information on permit renewals and annual reporting, please email wildlife.rehab@mass.gov.

When you're ready to take the exam

Fees for Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Name Fee Unit
Wildlife rehabilitation permit $10 each

How to apply Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

After you have passed the exam, complete the attached permit application.

Mail in the permit application, along with a check or money order made payable to "Comm. of MA – DFW" to:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
ATTN: Wildlife Rehab 
1
 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581

More info for Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Massachusetts (WRAM, Inc.), hosts meetings and provides a network for member wildlife rehabilitators.

Downloads for Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Contact for Apply to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

Address
MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581
Phone

Open M–F, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed noon–12:30 for lunch)

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