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Learn how to help and rehabilitate wild animals with this online course – make a difference in your community!
If you’re an animal lover and enjoy being outdoors, our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Course will help you get closer to nature while helping our furry, scaled, and feathered friends. Wildlife rehabilitation involves working with wild animals to ensure they are healthy, safe, and not at risk from environmental factors. You may have stumbled upon an injured or orphaned animal in your backyard or on a nature hike, or you may live in an area that frequently sees forest fires, oil spills, storms, or deforestation. In all these cases, knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation or wild animal rescue can be crucial to saving an animal’s life. You don’t need any prior veterinary knowledge, as this course will start with the basics and cover a lot of groundwork. You’ll learn about responsible wildlife interaction, animal nutrition, animal anatomy and physiology, how to treat injuries in birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, how to assist in environmental disasters, and how to safely handle, transport and release wildlife.
Whether you just love animals and want to be more involved, or you are looking to volunteer or work in a park, nature reserve or zoo, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and training to prepare you for wildlife rehabilitation.
What you will learn:
By the end of this course, you’ll come away knowing the fundamentals of wildlife rehabilitation.
- We’ll show you exactly what a wildlife rehabilitator does in their day to day work
- You’ll be able to identify animals in distress and know when to step in
- You’ll learn animal physiology and basic anatomy for a variety of animal classes
- We’ll teach you to assess animals and identify symptoms and causes of distress
- You’ll be able to treat common injuries such as broken limbs and wings
- We’ll prepare you for environmental disasters, such as oil spills or forest fires
- We’ll show you how to safely handle, restrain, transport, and release wildlife
- And you’ll learn what you can do to assist in your community
It’s important to note that this course is not equivalent to professional certification as wildlife rehabilitator, but it’s an excellent place to start if you have a personal interest in this area or are thinking of a career in animal care, zoology, parks and recreation, or veterinary science.
MODULE 1: What does being a Wildlife Rehabilitator mean?
- 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 physiology, anatomy, and health
- Why is it important to understand 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 you 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 program for your audience
- Examples of outreach done by wildlife rehabilitators
- Volunteering and career path
Who is this course for?
This course is perfect for you if:
- You love animals and want to do what you can to help
- You are looking for a way to feel more connected with nature
- You’re okay with getting your hands dirty!
- You’re considering a career working in a park or wildlife rehabilitation center
- You want to educate others about interacting with wildlife
No previous experience required.
Fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices.
All tests are online and already included in the price.
- This will be useful in many careers with animals including working in a zoo, wildlife rehabilitation center, animal park or veterinary practice or with a conservation group
- You can educate others about interacting with wild animals
- Certification will will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a job with animals
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Craig Rumsey asked:
Hi I worked as a snake catcher in Australia love working with wildlife was just wondering how long the course is and this the course online
Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course is fully online. The course is 40 hours and you will have access to your Virtual Campus account 24/7 so you will be able to complete the course at your own pace. At the end of the course you will receive a pdf certificate confirming course completion. This can be used as proof of study for employment.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Will there be some sort of certificate to prove participation in this course?
Hi Katie, Thank you for your query. Upon course completion, you will receive a PDF certificate delivered by Holly and Hugo. Kaoutar - HH TeamThis was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Is this course easy to complete and can I pay for it in other ways thanks
Our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course was created to be accessible to anyone with a personal interest in this area or are thinking of a career in animal care. Since we offer lifetime access to the course, you can complete it on your own pace. Regarding payment options, please with REED's customer support team.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.