How to Do TPRs - Patient Monitoring for Zoo & Wildlife Professionals

Now is the time to strengthen your success in the field and improve care for each animal.

Dr. Mark's courses are finally on line!

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Tools that will empower you

Presenting the practical tools and techniques to strengthen success and confidence in the field.

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Practices to be proud of

Emphasizing care, compassion, and respect for every animal. These courses are profound personal and professional experiences.

GWR Courses Now Are Online!

Dr. Mark's detailed and field-based live courses are now online! The most current and practical training in North America.



Detailed Patient Monitoring

  • This training will teach you patient monitoring to thoroughly address animal care during a chemical capture. This includes a detailed approach for record keeping on a drugging field form using a template you can bring into the field.

The course includes:

  • Content created for the international community
  • 14 page course notebook
  • Drugging field form example and blank form for use in the field
  • Learning Activity
  • Self Quiz
  • Certificate of Training

It's a short course

This is a short course:

  • A focused topic describing the most important aspects of animal care.
  • Study time: 1-2 hours
  • Introducing you to Dr. Mark's online courses.
  • A prequel to his full course, "The Foundations of Wildlife Chemical Capture" coming soon.


I Want To Take The TPR Course!

Anna Machowicz

"Take this class!! Mark is an excellent instructor, with an incredibly respectful attitude toward all wildlife professionals and the animals we handle. No matter how long you have been in the field, you will learn something in this class!"







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!"

Adam Sprott

"Dr. Mark's inspiring approach to animal welfare is exemplified throughout each of his lectures. In addition to his profound focus on animal care and professional development, his course provides the experience and confidence to succeed in all manner of wildlife work."






Dr. Mark Johnson, Instructor

Dr. Mark is a wildlife veterinarian and founder of Global Wildlife Resources (GWR). He has been assisting with field captures and teaching 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 emphasizes the importance of care, honor, and respect for the animal and stresses 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.
Dr. Mark collecting blood from a bighorn ram.
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Course Outline

  • Welcome Video
  • Course Handouts (PDFs)
  • Support from Dr. Mark
  1. The Big Picture - Why, How Often, and What Do I Need?
  2. Temperature
  3. Pulse (Heart Rate)
  4. Respiration
  5. Color of the Gums and Capillary Refill Time (CRT)
  6. How to Record TPRs - The Drugging Field Form
  7. Putting It All Together and Learning Activity
  8. TPR Quiz
  9. Wrap Up & Getting Your Certificate of Training!
  10. How Did We Do?

Testimonial: 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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