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Course Description

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This course focuses on Canadian wildlife and ways to mitigate various human-animal interactions. There will be a specific emphasis on wildlife rehabilitation: its benefits, risks (to humans and animals), ethical concerns, principles of stabilization of sick and injured animals, and other key areas for consideration. Common presentations and underlying reasons for sick and injured animals that are admitted to a rehabilitation centre are presented. Whether in a wildlife centre or in the field, understanding important physiological differences between species and how to stabilize animals for subsequent treatment by a permitted rehabilitator or a wildlife veterinarian are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explain of the goals of wildlife rehabilitation and accurately interpret regulations and permits required to rehabilitate animals
  2. Compare key anatomic and physiologic differences among mammals, birds, and reptiles
  3. Describe of the ethical, animal welfare, and economic influences in wildlife rehabilitation
  4. Interpret ways whereby wildlife rehabilitation encompasses individual, population, and ecosystem health
  5. Effectively communicate common reasons that wildlife are admitted to rehabilitation centres
  6. Synthesize data to draw conclusions on how various species defend themselves and how to maximize human safety
  7. Discuss ways to mitigate the negative impacts on wildlife from various human-wildlife encounters

Course Topics

  • Goals of wildlife rehabilitation
  • Common reasons animals are admitted to rehabilitation centres
  • Regulations & permits
  • Working with veterinarians
  • Species at risk
  • Ethical, animal welfare, and economic influences in wildlife rehabilitation
  • Introduction to basic comparative anatomy & physiology of wildlife commonly admitted to rehabilitation centres
  • A few common illnesses and diseases in wildlife presented to rehabilitation centres
  • Perspectives from wildlife rehabilitators
  • Natural history and taxonomic review of a few of the common wild animals presented in wildlife rehabilitation
  • Principles of triage and stabilization
  • Stress in wildlife
  • Nutrition and wildlife
  • Safe handling of wildlife
  • Husbandry
  • Mitigating negative impacts from human-wildlife interactions
  • Releasing wild animals
  • Assignment Process formulation – working in groups

Additional Requirements

Prerequisites: 1 of ANSC*2340, BIOL*2060, BIOL*2400, ZOO*2090

Restrictions: BIOL*3650


Assessment Item Weight
Midterm Exam 15%
Online Exercises 15%
Presentation and Report 30%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note: If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above. You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) IWRC Wildlife Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Approach International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council 1st edition
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