Yeah, moosie is right. A Wildlife Rehaber.
What you need to know about jobs in Wildlife Rehabilitation
Education Requirements for Jobs in Wildlife Rehabilitation
For most rehabilitators, we recommend a college degree in biology or ecology. The curriculum should include ornithology, mammalogy, animal behavior, ecology, and related wildlife and environmental subjects. Wildlife rehabilitators include veterinarians, veterinary technicians, biologists, educators, and people from other diverse backgrounds. Although a college degree is not required to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, a biology-related degree has several advantages:
* provides knowledge essential for quality hands-on animal care;
* develops an understanding of wildlife as they relate to humans and the environment;
* gives you an edge in this increasingly competitive field.
Which colleges and universities offer wildlife rehabilitation degrees?
Until recently, there were no programs that offered degrees specifically in wildlife rehabilitation; however, many schools offer degrees in biology, ecology, wildlife management, animal science, and other related fields. Within biology or animal ecology degree programs, several schools now offer areas of specialization in wildlife, wildlife care, and/or pre-veterinary medicine. Many schools offer classes related to wildlife rehabilitation such as wildlife management, behavior, ecology, field techniques, restraint, raptor physiology, and others. There are more than 60 colleges offering accredited veterinary technology or animal health technology programs in North America. Some schools are affiliated with or located near wildlife rehabilitation facilities where students can volunteer. Valuable training and experience can be gained by working with either a private wildlife rehabilitator or at a clinic or center. This website will soon offer an up-to-date list of many of the colleges and universities that now offer degrees or special coursework in wildlife rehabilitation.
There are 27 veterinary schools at universities in the U.S. and four in Canada. Many of these schools now offer specific courses or additional study opportunities in wildlife medicine. Some of the veterinary schools even have wildlife rehabilitation centers where the students can get hands-on training diagnosing and treating injured wildlife. This website will soon offer a listing of which veterinary schools offer courses in wildlife medicine, and which schools have facilities for doing wildlife rehabilitation.
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