Wildlife Health and Conservation Short Course

This 5 day intensive short course will provide participants with the practical training needed to confidently incorporate wildlife health into their existing roles and career pathways. Wildlife and biodiversity are globally threatened by emerging diseases, with biosecurity implications for human and livestock health, resulting in the need for those working on the frontline with wildlife to possess the skills and knowhow to undertake disease surveillance. This includes rangers, ecologists, environmental consultants in mining, rehabilitation centres, veterinary nurses and veterinarians in practice, and not-for-profit wildlife conservation organisations.

Key features of the course include the relevance of wildlife health to a range of organisations and careers, how to capture/restrain and sample different species, which samples to collect and what test to use, humane euthanasia, chemical immobilisation including darting, and necropsy of different taxonomic groups.

The course is highly practical, with two thirds being delivered as laboratory or field sessions to apply the information gained through concise lecture material. All participants will be provided with the equipment needed to conduct the various lab and field activities, and course notes including copies of lecture slides. There is a focus on basic principles and ethical approaches, as well as relevant legislation for certain activities such as chemical immobilisation and euthanasia.

Wildlife Health and Conservation Short Course Program

Modelled on our successful Wildlife Health and Conservation Masters, this short course offers practical training relevant to individuals exposed to wildlife in their everyday lives.  For further information on our Master’s program offering comprehensive theory and applied research training on wildlife health including disease risk analysis, please visit:

Course learning outcomes:
Following completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the need for wildlife health and disease surveillance globally, and how their current and future roles fit into these activities
  • Describe the principles and approaches to wildlife captures, including manual and chemical restraint
  • Explain the purpose of, and approach to, different diagnostic sampling activities
  • Undertake key wildlife health procedures including necropsy, blood smear preparation, tissue sampling, and serum separation for antibody testing.  
  • Identify legislation that applies to wildlife health activities, and incorporate ethics and welfare into the techniques taught throughout the program
  • Incorporate ethical and welfare considerations into the techniques taught throughout the program

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