'Hedgehog First Aid, Care and Rehabilitation'
At the moment we only run one course at the Hospital in Beckford, the Vale/BHPS
‘First Aid, Care & Rehabilitation of Hedgehogs’ course.
However, we are planning more educational opportunities in the future.


We can also deliver the course wherever you are in the UK. If you can provide the

venue, can find a minimum of 15 (max 25) people interested, we can travel to

you. See below for more details.

Alternatively, if you have a venue that we could potentially use (it must be suitable for 15-25 delegates,

and must have facilities for us to make tea & coffee, a hand-washing area and toilets), please contact us

and we can contact local vets etc to advertise a possible course in that area.

If you are interested in spending time at Vale to shadow staff in order to learn about wildlife rehabilitation, we
do offer work experience placements.
The course at Vale Wildlife Hospital runs from 9am until around
4.30pm and must be booked and paid for through the BHPS.
Their telephone number is 01584 890 801.


Date of next course at Vale Wildlife Hospital, Beckford: 

Monday 15th October 2018 (fully booked)

Monday 29th October 2018


  • assessing and examining
  • initial treatment
  • legislation involved
  • zoonotic risks
  • fluid therapy
  • when to be worried about green ‘poo’
  • parasite treatment
  • feeding
  • practical sessions including microscopy and rehydration by injection.
  • includes a full colour course book containing all the information covered on the day and much more, plus a certificate of course completion.

The course runs at Vale Wildlife in Beckford from 9am until around 4-4.30pm and must be booked & paid for through the BHPS. Their telephone number is 01584 890 801.

I found the course very useful. lots of information to take on board.

I enjoyed the Nursing Care section – knowing the drugs to use & fluid calculations will be really helpful in the practice.

Veterinary Nurse (Course Delegate April 2018)

All clear, easily explained.

Great visual aids on Powerpoint.

Course Delegate May 2018



If you are unable to get to us for the course, Vale Wildlife Hospital is now able to come to you! 

For groups of 15 or more (25 max), if you can provide the venue (and tea/coffee/biscuits for tea breaks), we can deliver the one-day course in your area.

Perfect for vets, vet nurses, hedgehog carers, wildlife rescues or anyone who wants to learn the basics of hedgehog rehabilitation.

The course covers the same topics as the Vale/BHPS course above, including practical sessions on fluid administration and microscopy (basic faecal smear preparation and what to look for under the microscope).

The cost is £85 per person payable in advance (one free place given for the organiser, based on 15+ paid-for places), and includes a full colour course book containing all the information covered on the day and much more, plus a certificate of course completion.

Contact Jeff or Caroline on 01386 882288 or email for more information.


If you are interested in booking and can

provide a venue etc, please get in touch.

Please note that we are unable to run this course during

June or July due to the workload at Vale.

Dorchester – 15th February 2018

It has been an amazing day of sharing knowledge & networking. This is the second time I’ve attended this course & I cannot recommend it enough for those who wish to learn more about caring for wild hogs. A huge thank you to the Dorset Mammal Group (hedgehog section) for organising today, & to the wonderful Caroline & Jeff for coming all the way from Gloucestershire.

Hayley's Hedgehog Rescue