Wildlife Biology or Wildlife Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation?
Next year, I will be transferring to a school and pursuing a Wildlife Biology Bachelor's degree. Originally, the Wildlife Biology degree with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation interested me because I thought the rehabilitation concentration would provide increased skills. My career goal is wildlife conservation/research. The concentration requires specific classes that focus on wildlife education (public presentations) and rehabilitation skills. Would the concentration take away or add to my competitiveness for wildlife conservation? The concentration does require a clinical at the rehabilitation center and originally I saw it as a way to increase my animal handling skills that would provide animal handling experience for future wildlife monitoring/research work. My other electives classes will be focusing on ecology and field classes. #ecology #conservation #biology #veterinary
Patricia, I am a small animal veterinarian, so I do not have a background in wildlife, but I would recommend that you keep your education as general as possible early on, and then as you see and experience more things you can become more focused in your studies.
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I'm a wildlife biologist who used to issue permits to wildlife rehabilitators. Wildlife rehabilitation is an interesting and satisfying field, but I'm not aware of colleges that offer a wildlife rehabilitation specialty. And your probably don't need a wildlife degree to work as a wildlife rehabilitator. I think it would be more worthwhile to pursue training as a veterinary technician. Or you may find programs that train folks to work in zoos. That said, most wildlife rehab centers do offer their own training, (the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) has established training standards that many rehabbers follow (see https://theiwrc.org/courses).
While there may be paid positions in wildlife rehabilitation, Tte majority of wildlife rehabbers I know are volunteers .
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