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Wildlife Rehabilitation for Beginners

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Course Description

Would you like to learn how to protect, nurture and help wild animals and birds? This course explains and demonstrates how you can help without being a wildlife expert. Though the course focus is on what you can do in your own backyard, it also will provide information on pursuing a wildlife rehabilitation specialist career.


Wildlife rehabilitationYou'll learn how to tell if a wild animal really needs help, and what to do if help is needed and what not to do.  The class covers transporting problems, health concerns, dealing with wild animals that become urban pests, the pet factor and so much more.


This course is for anyone who loves and cares about wildlife.  It is devastating to attempt to help a wild animal or bird in distress only to discover you actually made matters worse. Don't make this mistake.  Enroll and gain the correct wildlife rehab knowledge. 

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Support
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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  • Lesson 1. Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Lesson 2. How You Can Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator

    How You Can Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator.
  • Lesson 3. When and If to Rescue

    When and if to rescue a wild animal or bird.
  • Lesson 4. Helping Animals With Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Helping Animals With Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Lesson 5. How to Catch a Wild Animal for Rehabilitation

    How to Catch a Wild Animal for Rehabilitation.
  • Lesson 6. Transporting Wild Animals to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

    Transporting Wild Animals to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
  • Lesson 7. Human Health Concerns in Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Human Health Concerns in Wildlife Rehabilitation.
  • Lesson 8. How Else Can You Help Wildlife?

    How Else Can You Help Wildlife?
  • Lesson 9. Wild Animals as Pets? NEVER!

    Wild Animals as Pets? NEVER!
  • Lesson 10. How to Safely and Humanely Deal with Nuisance Wildlife

    How to Safely and Humanely Deal with Nuisance Wildlife.
  • Lesson 11. Sadness and Grief

    Loss and moving on.
  • Lesson 12. Questions, Answers, Interesting Information

    This and that...facts and advice.

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Course Title: Wildlife Rehabilitation for Beginners
Course Number: 30365
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Review: Read Editorial Review
Course Fee: $45.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $70.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what rehabilitation is and whether or not is is for you.
  • Summarize how you can become a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Identify when and if to rescue.
  • Describe helping animals with wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Describe how to catch a wild animal for rehabilitation.
  • Describe transporting wild animals to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
  • Summarize human health concerns in wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Summarize why wild animals can never be pets.
  • Summarize how to safely and humanely deal with nuisance wildlife.
  • Recognize sadness and grief and how to deal with those feelings, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 Assignment: Are You Ready to Learn How You Can Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator?Assignment10
Brief Quiz 1Exam20
Lesson 2 Assignment: Wildlife Rehabilitation ResourcesAssignment25
Brief Quiz 2Exam15
Assignment Lesson 3: Should You Rescue a Wild Baby Animal?Assignment25
Brief Quiz 3Exam20
Lesson 4 Assignment: How would you help these babies?Assignment25
Brief Quiz 4Exam65
Lesson 5 Assignment: How Would You Catch These Animals?Assignment25
Brief Quiz 5Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment: Transporting Captured AnimalsAssignment10
Brief Quiz 6Exam40
Brief Quiz 7Exam25
Lesson 8 Assignment: What Can You Do?Assignment25
Assignment Lesson 9: Why Wild Animals Cannot be PetsAssignment25
Assignment Lesson 11Assignment10
Assignment Lesson 12: Final AssignmentAssignment20
Final ExamExam75
Total Points:470

Student Testimonials

  • "It was pretty easy to navigate throughout the course." -- Rebekah C.
  • "What was most helpful were the clear and concise directions on how to help an animal while injured or sick." -- Cortney S.
  • "My Instructor is wonderful! She was extremely available throughout the course and super fast to respond to any questions and comments!" -- Stephanie P.
  • "I enjoyed it very much. It was very helpful to me and added reinforcement to my volunteer service at our local Rehab Center. Thanks again." -- Judi R.
  • "Nice job!" -- Julia T.
  • "All of the information in this course was extremely helpful to me and will be for others....This course was full of amazing information and the instructor was very hands on. She always got my grade information on my assignments back to within 2 days of completion no matter how busy she was." -- Kelly A.
  • "It was a good overall course." -- Jacqui E.
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