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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
    Fully CPD/CE Certified
    Instant Free PDF Certificate
    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    7765 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    If you’re an animal lover and enjoy being outdoors, our Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Course will help you get closer to nature while helping our furry, scaled, and feathered friends. Wildlife rehabilitation involves working with wild animals to ensure they are healthy, safe, and not at risk from environmental factors. 

    You may have stumbled upon an injured or orphaned animal in your backyard or on a nature hike, or you may live in an area that frequently sees forest fires, oil spills, storms, or deforestation. In all these cases, knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation or wild animal rescue can be crucial to saving an animal’s life. You don’t need any prior veterinary knowledge, as this course will start with the basics and cover a lot of groundwork. You’ll learn about responsible wildlife interaction, animal anatomy, and physiology, how to treat injuries in birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, how to assist in environmental disasters, and how to safely handle, transport and release wildlife.

    Whether you just love animals and want to be more involved, or you are looking to volunteer or work in a park, nature reserve or zoo, we’ll equip you with the knowledge and training to prepare you for wildlife rehabilitation.

    What you will learn

    By the end of this course, you’ll come away knowing the fundamentals of wildlife rehabilitation.

    • We’ll show you exactly what a wildlife rehabilitator does in their day to day work
    • You’ll be able to identify animals in distress and know when to step in
    • You’ll learn animal physiology and basic anatomy for a variety of animal classes
    • We’ll teach you to assess animals and identify symptoms and causes of distress
    • You’ll be able to treat common injuries such as broken limbs and wings
    • We’ll prepare you for environmental disasters, such as oil spills or forest fires
    • We’ll show you how to safely handle, restrain, transport, and release wildlife
    • And you’ll learn what you can do to assist in your community

    It’s important to note that this course is not equivalent to professional certification as wildlife rehabilitator, but it’s an excellent place to start if you have a personal interest in this area or are thinking of a career in animal care, zoology, parks and recreation, or veterinary science.


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: What Does It Mean To Be A Wildlife Rehabilitator?
    • Why being a wildlife rehabilitator is right for you
    • A normal day for a wildlife rehabilitator
    • How to become a wildlife rehabilitator and get certified
    • How to know when NOT to rescue an animal
    • You rescued an animal, now what?
    Module 2: Animal Physiology, Anatomy, And Health
    • Why is it important to understand physiology and anatomy?
    • Basic physiology and anatomy for birds
    • Basic physiology and anatomy for small mammals
    • Basic physiology and anatomy for large mammals
    • Basic physiology and anatomy for reptiles and amphibians
    • Freshwater wildlife
    • How to assess an animal in distress
    • Necessary nutrition facts
    Module 3: How To Treat Common Injuries
    • What are the most common injuries dealt with by wildlife rehabilitators?
    • Broken limbs in birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
    • Orphaned animals
    • Oiled or dirty wildlife
    • Common sicknesses that wildlife rehabilitators see
    • What to do in emergency situations
    Module 4: What’s The Best Way To Interact With Animals?
    • The difference between interacting with pets and wildlife
    • Keeping the wild, WILD!
    • How to brainstorm the best enrichment projects for your patient
    • Field work in various environments
    • Equipment, gear, vaccines and prep
    • Release! How you know when your animal friend is ready to go back to the wild.
    Module 5: Spread The Word!
    • Why is education and outreach important?
    • How you can spread the message
    • How to design the right education program for your audience
    • Examples of outreach done by wildlife rehabilitators Volunteering and career path


    Who is this course for

    This course is perfect for you if:

    • You love animals and want to do what you can to help
    • You are looking for a way to feel more connected with nature
    • You’re okay with getting your hands dirty!
    • You’re considering a career working in a park or wildlife rehabilitation center
    • You want to educate others about interacting with wildlife

    Career path

    Candidates with an interest in working with animals, specifically wild, undomesticated animals.

    Anyone interested in a career in wildlife rehabilitation, parks and recreation, zoology, veterinary medicine or animal care

    Those interested in learning more about wild animals, volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation centers, or assisting and fostering animals.

    Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation