Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Course - CPD Certified

Accredited Online Course | Recognised Certificate Included | Unlimited 24/7 Lifetime Access

International Open Academy


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40 Hours
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40 CPD points / hours
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Imagine being able to save injured or orphaned wild animals. Then, the joy of seeing them recover and releasing them back into the wild. Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course lets you into this amazing world where you’ll discover more about animal science, wild animal care and how to land your dream job with animals.

In the UK your role could involve rescuing birds, hedgehogs, badgers and foxes. But working in wildlife rehabilitation and rescue could take you anywhere in the world, from caring for lions and leopards in South Africa, to looking after rescued bears in Greece, or studying exotic animals for zoology research.


Lifetime access - No time limits - Study at your own pace

Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course

Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country

Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

You'll be able to determine if being a wildlife rehabilitator is the right career choice for you. Look at the various roles a wildlife rehabilitator undertakes such as treating injuries, getting animals ready for release back in the wild and helping to spread the word about wild animal care, rescue and rehabilitation. In our course, you’ll also gain a greater knowledge of animal science, physiology and anatomy.

Get ready for an amazing insight into wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in our online course now.

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Knowing how to handle wildlife respectfully will open up career choices for you in diverse fields such as animal care and rescue, wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, animal science, zoology, animal protection or veterinary surgery.

You’ll certainly have your hands full as there is plenty of work available. For example, the four RSPCA wildlife centres in England alone took in 18,337 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals in 2018. It’s a richly-rewarding role as you are able to help wild animals when they need it the most.

By the end of this specialist animal care course, you’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of animal care and wildlife rehabilitation to would-be employers or when applying to study further in the fields of zoology, animal science or psychology. You’ll know:

  • Exactly what wildlife rehabilitators do in their day-to-day work
  • How to identify animals in distress and know when to step in
  • Animal science, physiology and basic anatomy of different animals
  • How to assess animals and identify symptoms and causes of distress
  • How to treat common injuries such as broken limbs and wings
  • How to react to environmental disasters, such as oil spills or forest fires
  • How to safely handle, restrain, transport, and release wildlife
  • What you can do to assist in your community

Our course is an excellent place to start if you’re thinking of a career or voluntary work with wild animals or in zoology at home or anywhere in the world.

Our accredited course enables you to study when you want plus you can prove how determined you are to pursue a career in animal care, animal science or zoology-related fields at interviews for work or university. Start the course now.

How is the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course assessed?

By studying our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course online with IOA, you do not pay an extra fee for sitting an exam or have to wait for a set date to sit an exam. There is a short exam at the end of each module for you to take, You’ll know your score immediately.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you must complete the specialist animal care course and successfully pass each course module with a score of 55% or more to be eligible for the certificate. You can also get the ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Course Syllabus

Module 1: What Does It Mean To Be A Wildlife Rehabilitator?

  • Why being a wildlife rehabilitator is right for you
  • A normal day for a wildlife rehabilitator
  • How to become a wildlife rehabilitator and get certified
  • How to know when NOT to rescue an animal
  • You rescued an animal, now what?

Module 2: Animal Science: Physiology, Anatomy, And Health

  • Why is it important to understand animal science, physiology and anatomy?
  • Basic physiology and anatomy for birds
  • Basic physiology and anatomy for small mammals
  • Basic physiology and anatomy for large mammals
  • Basic physiology and anatomy for reptiles and amphibians
  • Freshwater wildlife
  • How to assess an animal in distress
  • Necessary nutrition facts

Module 3: How To Treat Common Injuries

  • What are the most common injuries dealt with by wildlife rehabilitators?
  • Broken limbs in birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Orphaned animals
  • Oiled or dirty wildlife
  • Common sicknesses that wildlife rehabilitators see
  • What to do in emergency situations

Module 4: What’s The Best Way To Interact With Animals?

  • The difference between interacting with pets and wildlife
  • Keeping the wild, WILD!
  • How to brainstorm the best enrichment projects for your patient
  • Field work in various environments
  • Equipment, gear, vaccines and prep
  • Release! How to know when your animal friend is ready to go back to the wild.

Module 5: Spread The Word!

  • Why is education and outreach important?
  • How you can spread the message
  • How to design the right education programme for your audience
  • Examples of outreach done by wildlife rehabilitators
  • Volunteering and career path in wild animal care

Who is this course for?

  • Everyone who would love an interesting career working with wild animals and wishes to find out more about it. These could include working in fields as diverse as wildlife rehabilitation, conservation parks, zoology, animal science, veterinary medicine or animal care
  • Anyone considering studying further in zoology, animal behaviour, animal psychology or wildlife conservation
  • Those interested in learning more about wild animals, assisting and fostering animals, or helping in zoology research
  • Animal lovers considering work as a volunteer or employee in animal rescue and rehabilitation centres anywhere in the world
  • Candidates with an interest in working with animals, specifically wild animals
  • Anyone who wants to be able to help wild animals that they come across in distress or in emergency situations such as fires
  • Animal lovers who want to educate others about interacting with wildlife


International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

  • Be inspired to study further for a career:
    • as a wildlife ranger
    • in wild animal care, conservation or protection
    • working with wildlife rehabilitation centres
    • work or research in zoology or animal science
  • Find your first job involving wild animal care at a rescue centre, zoo or safari park

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joni asked:

hi im very interested but work full time but want a job in conservation- is it easy study from home and how many hours regards joni


Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Course is entirely online with unlimited access to the course content. You can complete it on your own pace.

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Jo asked:

Hi, what does it mean by recognised certificate? Will it help us gain employment? Thank you


Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course is accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards, ICOES and also by CPD ( CPD UK). Our certificate will profoundly improve your CV and therefore increase chances of getting employment in the Animal Care industry.

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Emma asked:

What is the assessment for this course?


After each module of your Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course, there is a short exam which includes multiple choice questions. The final grade of your course will be the average of the modules.

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Miss Mary Sandifer asked:

Does the course involve any practical tuition i.e. hands on learning?


Everything you need to complete the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course is available online. By the end of this course, you’ll come away knowing the fundamentals of wildlife care and rehabilitation.

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