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Course Description

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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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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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. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association; Education and Resources for Wildlife Conservation Worldwide
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Exam 1

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. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: When NOT to "Rescue" a Wild Animal; Wildlife Emergencies; Rescue Stories
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 2

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. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Pet Poison Helpline; Emergency Care; Capture and Emergency Care for Wildlife
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment B
  • Complete: Exam 3

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. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4 Assessment
  • Complete: Exam 4

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. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: International Bird Rescue; Center for Avian Rehabilitation and Education, Inc.; Wild Bird Rehabilitation; Aquatic Bird Rehabilitation
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Carnivores

Carnivores are some of the most dangerous animals rehabilitators will face. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Wild Animal Sanctuary; Wildlife Rescue Centers in India
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 6

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. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Squirrel Rescue; Saving Wild Baby Rabbits
  • Review Video: Raccoon group overwintering at the Rainbow Wildlife Rescue
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 7

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. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation; Bat World Sanctuary
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 8

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. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Deer Fawns and What to Do If You Find One; The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Marsupials

Opossums are members of the family Didelphidae and are the only marsupial mammals in the Americas. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: National Opossum Society; Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation of Opossum; Orphaned or Injured Opossum
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 10

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Exam 11

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. 86 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment B
  • Complete: Exam 12
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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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 (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 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
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Student Testimonials

  • "Very useful course - I learned a LOT!" -- Carol W.
  • "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.
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