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Safe-Capture Wildlife Chemical Immobilization Workshops

Safe-Capture International will be returning to Georgia & Florida with the

16 hour workshop "Chemical Immobilization of Animals" at the following locations: 


Georgia: Athens: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine: February 21-22, 2015


Florida: Kissimmee: Holiday Inn Orlando Celebration: September 23-24, 2015


Attached to this E-mail is a copy of our brochure in pdf format
with detailed program outlines and registration materials!



Use this link to access Detailed Presentation Outlines: and some interesting capture photos as well!


Instructor information, printable registration forms and electronic registration are available on our website:   Brochures containing all workshop details and registration materials are also available by telephone (425-948-7965) or e-mail ( request.

Our training program is presented over a 2 day period.  It consists of 14 hours of multimedia/ lecture/ PowerPoint/ video presentation, followed by 2 hours of "Hands On" training where participants are divided into small groups and are taught how to safely use blowguns, long range projectors, darts, human protective safety equipment, and dart associated radio-tracking devices.


Topics to be discussed will include:


·         Custom drug combinations and formulations which minimize induction times--the time from dart impact until the animal is immobilized.  (Dr. Amass has drug combinations and techniques that will safely and rapidly limit the escape potential of most animals within 64 seconds to 3.5 minutes).

·         Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects

·         Capture strategies to minimize capture stress on the animal, and procedural stress of the operator

·         Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems

·         Techniques for sighting in dart projectors to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery

·         Techniques and modifications which are necessary to have field accuracy and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

·         Species specific and scenario specific drug and dosage recommendations for free ranging, trapped, or confined wildlife species

·         Dosage calculation

·         How to re-dose animals incompletely immobilized on approach

·         Where to obtain and how to use "superconcentrated" drugs which give you a faster knockdown, and allow you to use smaller, less traumatic darts

·         Post immobilization care of animals

·         Medical Monitoring: Assessment techniques to ensure the immobilized animal stays physiologically stable throughout the procedure

·         Medical Emergencies associated with capture and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat: capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with immobilization

·         Accidental human exposure to immobilizing medications: Which drugs are dangerous to humans? What can you expect with accidental human exposure? Standard Operating Procedures to prevent human exposure to immobilizing drugs.  How to coordinate with your physician and local poison control to develop protocols should an accidental exposure occur.


Hands-On Lab will include:


  • Safe Handling and Use of Immobilization Darts: Assembly, loading, unloading, and cleaning of the various brands available in the US.
  • Use of Safety Equipment for Prevention of Accidental Exposure to Anesthetic Drugs
  • Safe Handling and Use of Short and Long Range Projectors including: CO2, Air, and 22 blank powered projectors
  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with Pole Syringes
  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with Blowgun Delivery of Anesthetic Darts
  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with Radio-Tracking Darts.


Our program has been presented since 1989, and is considered by US government agencies to be the standard in Chemical Immobilization training.  We have provided training to well over 10,000 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada including the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, Texas Parks and Wildlife, New York Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, US Fish and Wildlife Service-Alaska, USDA Wildlife Services, Beijing Biodiversity Center, Animal Rescue League of Boston, New York ASPCA, Virginia Animal Control Association, Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, Essex County College Police Academy, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Beardsley Zoo, Audubon Park Zoo, Folsom City Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Merck and Co., and a multitude of others.

We provide evaluation questionnaires to course participants asking for ratings of Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Disappointing.  Over 90% of participants have rated our program excellent!  The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, and Oregon State University have granted our program 1 academic credit.

We do not sell equipment, nor do we have contracts with equipment manufacturers.  We provide only education in Chemical Immobilization and field assistance, and our recommendations for drugs and equipment stem from practical field use.  Our instructors are Wildlife Veterinarians specializing in remote anesthesia.  They are internationally recognized experts, who are friendly, experienced, easy to talk to, welcome questions, and have the answers you need.  This is the most complete, up to date training program available on Chemical Immobilization, presented in an easy to understand manner, applicable to all experience levels.

This is a completely revised and updated program. The all new 175-page manual:
"Chemical Immobilization of Animals: Technical Field Notes 2015" will be distributed at this workshop!


Certificates are awarded to those satisfactorily completing the program.


Cost for this workshop is $675 for early registration and $725 for general registration. Those who have attended our workshop previously may attend again as a refresher for $395.  Full time students enrolled in Wildlife Biology, Veterinary Medicine, or other related Sciences (including graduate students, Interns, and Residents), may attend at the student registration fee of $375.

For more information visit our website at or contact us at:


Safe-Capture International, Inc., PO Box 216, Snohomish, Washington 98291
Tel: 425-948-7965, FAX: 425-948-7952, E-Mail:


Copyright © 2006-2014 Safe-Capture® International Inc.


Also Returning To:


Wisconsin: Madison: UW School of Veterinary Medicine: January 24-25, 2015 (Sat/Sun)


Louisiana: Baton Rouge: LSU School of Veterinary Medicine: February 10-11, 2015 (Tues/Wed)


Georgia: Athens: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine: February 21-22, 2015 (Sat/Sun)


Tennessee: Gatlinburg: American Legion Hall: February 24-25, 2015 (Tues/Wed)


Texas: Brenham: Washington County Fairgrounds: March 4-5, 2015 (Wed/Thur)


Missouri: Saint Joseph: Missouri-Western State University: Dept of Biology: March 9-10, 2015 (Mon/Tues)


Arizona: Phoenix: Phoenix Zoo Auditorium: April 8-9, 2015 (Wed/Thur)


Wisconsin: Wausau: Plaza Hotel & Suites: April 16-17, 2015 (Thur/Fri)


North Carolina: Raleigh: Wake County Training Center: May 12-13, 2015 (Tues/Wed)


Massachusetts: Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Auditorium: August 18-19, 2015 (Tues/Wed)


Virginia: Fredericksburg: Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy: August 24-25, 2015 (Mon/Tues)


Texas: Dallas: Dallas Zoo Auditorium: September 14-15, 2015 (Mon/Tues)


Texas: Bastrop (SE Austin Area): M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: September 17-18, 2015 (Thur/Fri)


Florida: Kissimmee: Holiday Inn Orlando Celebration: September 23-24, 2015 (Wed/Thur)


Maryland: Laurel: USFW Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge: October 20-21, 2015 (Tues/Wed)


Wisconsin: Stevens Point: UW College of Natural Resources: October 24-25, 2015 (Sat/Sun)


New Jersey: Cedar Grove (Newark Area) Essex County College Police Academy:

November 4-5, 2015 (Wed/Thur)


Connecticut: Bridgeport: Beardsley Zoo Auditorium: November 12-13, 2015 (Thur/Fri)


Texas: San Antonio: Best Western Fiesta Inn: December 8-9, 2015 (Tues/Wed)