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Wildlife Rehabilitation: An Introduction


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People who love animals hate to see them suffering. Whether it be their family pet or a wild creature, they want to see them thrive and live a happy life. Wildlife rehabilitators work to raise and rehabilitate wild animals so they can return to their natural homes. This can be a rewarding way to give back to the creatures we share the planet with.

In this course, you will learn all about Wildlife Rehabilitation. The course will teach you what to consider before taking on this daunting and fulfilling challenge. You will learn how to safely rescue an injured or orphaned wild animal. Also how to provide first-aid and medical treatment to animals in your care, and how to work with a veterinarian. This course covers a wide variety of animal terminology commonly used by wildlife and zoology professionals, and the standard established for Wildlife Rehabilitation for Intake, Daily Care, and Release.

Next the course explores some of the most common animals seen in a rehabilitation setting. It discusses the anatomy, wild habits, feeding requirements and housing requirements of some of the animal families you will likely encounter including:

  • Songbirds and Aquatic Birds
  • Raptors and Bats
  • Rodents and Rabbits
  • Carnivores
  • Ungulates
  • Marsupials
  • Reptiles

 

Finally, the course covers some of the most challenging aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. You will learn how to assist people in dealing with nuisance wildlife in a humane manner. Providing the gift of euthanasia is one of the most difficult but necessary parts of being a Wildlife Rehabilitator. Also the disposal of bodies in a respectful and appropriate manner also must be considered and planned for. Once you have completed this course, you will have taken the first step in fulfilling your dream of becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator. 
 
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  • Lesson 1: Fundamentals of Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Wildlife rehabilitation is providing professional care for sick, injured, or orphaned animals until they can be returned to the wild.
  • Lesson 2: When and If to Rescue and Rehabilitate

    Make sure you know what you're doing before you ever attempt to rescue a wild animal. If you're not sure if an animal requires relief, consult with an expert.
  • Lesson 3: Providing Medical Care in Wildlife Rehabilitation

    If you use common sense and a good foundation of knowledge, you might be able to rescue some animals in distress.
  • Lesson 4: Wildlife Rehabilitation Standards

    Although each species has its own individual needs, which will be discussed in future lessons, they also have standards of care.
  • Lesson 5: Avian Rehabilitation: Songbirds and Aquatic Birds

    Within different classes and families of animals, there are specific requirements related to their particular needs. Understanding their individual needs will help you provide the highest level of care.
  • Lesson 6: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Carnivores

    Carnivores are some of the most dangerous animals rehabilitators will face.
  • Lesson 7: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Rodentia and Lagomorphs

    Since humans should always be considered predators by wild animals, they may be extremely fearful and stress very quickly. They should be handled as little as possible to help them stay calm, and to prevent them from associating humans with care.
  • Lesson 8: Wildlife Rehabilitation, Other Winged Animals: Raptors and Bats

    Within different classes and families of animals, there are specific requirements related to their particular needs. Understanding their individual needs will help you provide the highest level of care.
  • Lesson 9: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Deer, Antelope, Other Mammals

    Most facilities that rehabilitate primates, or any other specialized mammals, have highly trained staff with specific protocols.
  • Lesson 10: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Marsupials

    Opossums are members of the family Didelphidae and are the only marsupial mammals in the Americas.
  • Lesson 11: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Reptiles

    The best, and the only, way to properly rehabilitate reptiles is to understand the possible species that are indigenous to your area, and learn their specific properties.
  • Lesson 12: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Final Considerations

    The idea of euthanizing any animal is one that any wildlife lover dreads. However, if you plan to take on the challenge of wildlife rehabilitation, you must prepare yourself to deal with this eventuality.

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Course Title: Wildlife Rehabilitation: An Introduction
Course Number: 8900357
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Support/Advice
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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment1
Exam 1Exam11
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment5
Exam 2Exam12
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 3 Assignment BAssignment2
Exam 3Exam10
Lesson 4 AssessmentAssignment5
Exam 4Exam12
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment2
Exam 5Exam12
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment2
Exam 6Exam12
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment2
Exam 7Exam12
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment2
Exam 8Exam12
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment2
Exam 9Exam12
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment10
Exam 10Exam10
Exam 11Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment AAssignment5
Lesson 12 Assignment BAssignment1
Exam 12Exam12
The Final ExamExam69
Total Points:255

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Student Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "The instructor sure knows what she's talking about when it comes to wildlife rehabilitation." -- Natalie R.
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