Certificate Program (15 credits)
What is Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Wildlife rehabilitators are professionals responsible for the care and treatment of injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife. The ultimate goal is to return healthy animals to the wild by fostering their release into appropriate habitats. Animals that cannot be released may be used for educational programs and outreach when appropriate. Consequently, those interested in rehabilitation careers should be knowledgeable in public speaking and environmental education, as well as animal husbandry.
Your ABI Education
The objective of the Wildlife Rehabilitation program is to provide training in the care of wildlife. Proper husbandry requires knowledge of animal nutrition, medicine, disease, behavior, and population management. Graduates will know how to provide care, to manage human-wildlife conflict, and to create effective lesson plans or presentations. Upon graduation, you may begin using the designation CWRP, Certified Wildlife Rehabilitation Professional.
Learning Partners with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Animal Behavior Institute is proud to be a Learning Partner of the AZA. Many courses offered by ABI may be used as electives in the Professional Development Certificates offered by the AZA. Please visit our ABI-AZA Learning Partners site or the AZA Professional Development Certificates site for more information.
The certificate program in Wildlife Rehabilitation requires satisfactory completion of 15 credit hours, including four required courses and one elective. In addition, there is a field work requirement which consists of 40 volunteer/employment hours at a an approved facility of your choice relevant to the program.
Learn more about Careers in Wildlife Rehabilitation.