Course Syllabus: Wildlife Rehabilitation: An Introduction


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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. 
 

Course Requirements

This course is for everyone!

Course Topics

  1. Lesson One: What is Wildlife Rehabilitation
    1. Rehabilitation vs Rescue
    2. Goals of rehabilitation
    3. Wild vs Domestic vs Farrell
    4. Requirements

i.License

ii.Financial

iii.Emotional

iv.Legal

v.Environmental

vi.Human health concerns

  1. How to become a wildlife rehabilitator
  2. How else you can help
  3. Review Questions
  1. Lesson Two: When and if to rescue
    1. How to catch a wild animal for transportation
    2. Transporting wild animals
    3. Review Questions
  2. Lesson Three: Animal First Aid and Providing Ongoing Medical Care
    1. First Aid Basics

i.Bleeding

ii.Broken bones

iii.Seizure

iv.Hypothermia

v.Environmental disasters such as oil spills

  1. How to identify zoonotic diseases
  2. Parasites
  3. Working with a Veterinarian
  4. Administering medication or fluid therapy
  5. Dressing changes
  6. Review Questions
  1. Lesson Four: Zoological Vocabulary and Standard Procedures for Intake and Pre-Release Medical Examination
    1. The first part of the lesson will define many of the common terms used by wildlife experts to describe various animal behavior in the wild. By understanding how animals live in the wild, a rehabber is better able to provide constructive rehabilitation.

i.Active Time

ii.Habitat

iii.Biome

iv.Food Requirements

v.Sociality

vi.Development at Birth

vii.Locomotion

viii.Sexual Relationships

ix.Temperature Regulation

x.Place in the Food Chain

xi.Communication

xii.Relocation

xiii.Senses

  1. Hearing
  2. Smell
  3. Sight

xiv.Dung

  1. Standards for Intake of wild animals
  2. Pre-release examination

 

  1. Avian Rehabilitation
    1. Songbird

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Waterbird

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Review Questions
  1. Lesson Five:  Raptors and Bats
    1. Raptor

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Chiropteran (bats)

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Review Questions

 

  1. Lesson Seven: Rodents and Rabbits
    1. Rodentia (rats, mice, chipmunks, squirrels etc)

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Lagomorphs (rabbits, hares, pica)

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

 

  1. Carnivore (feline, canine, bears, weasels, etc…)

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Review Questions
  1. Lesson Nine: Deer and other mammals
    1. Ungulates (deer, antelope, goat, pig, etc.)

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Other placental mammals

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

 

  1. Review Questions

 

 

  1. Lesson Ten : Marsupial and Monotreme Mammals
    1. American Opossum

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Kangaroos, Wallabies, etc.

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Koala

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Other Marsupials

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Platypus, echidna

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Review Questions
  1. Lesson Nine: Reptiles and Amphibians
    1. Snakes

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Lizards

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Tortoise/Turtle

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Frogs, toads, salamanders

i.Basic anatomy

ii.Feeding requirements

iii.Lifestyle

iv.Housing

v.Staging

vi.Release

  1. Review Questions

 

  1. Lesson Twelve: How to humanely and safely deal with nuisance wildlife
    1. Definition
    2. Endangered species vs Invasive species
    3. Compassion fatigue
    4. FAQ
    5. Links to Resources
    6. Course Summary

 

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written assignment.

A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the fundamentals of wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Describe when and if to rescue and rehabilitate.
  • Describe protocols for providing medical care in wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Define wildlife rehabilitation standards.
  • Know avian rehabilitation.
  • Know wildlife rehabilitation, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Exam 111
Lesson 2 Assignment5
Exam 212
Lesson 3 Assignment10
Lesson 3 Assignment B2
Exam 310
Lesson 4 Assessment5
Exam 412
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Exam 512
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Exam 612
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Exam 712
Lesson 8 Assignment2
Exam 812
Lesson 9 Assignment2
Exam 911
Lesson 10 Assignment10
Exam 1010
Exam 1110
Lesson 12 Assignment A5
Lesson 12 Assignment B1
Exam 1212
The Final Exam68
Total Points:253
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