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This course counts for 100 hours CPD
First Aid Principles
Module 1 of the Wildlife Rescue Course helps students gain an understanding and assessing body functions and learn how to assess when to intervene.
This module includes information about the guidelines regarding UK first aid legislation and gain an understanding about what treatment is allowed according to the Veterinary Surgeon's Act.
Vital signs and how to assist an injured animal
In this wildlife rescue course, gain an understanding about how to handle, restrain and carry injured wildlife.
Understand the special requirements for injured hibernating animals.
Treating an injury
Understand how to deal with the most common injuries including: Stings, poisons, eye injuries, bite injuries, cuts & grazes, broken bones & dislocations, convulsions, fainting, heatstroke, burns, choking, drowning and electric shock.
Understand how to deal with a foreign body in mouth, eye or throat. Learn about emergency techniques such as resuscitation and CPR.
In this wildlife rescue course module, you will learn about the cleaning of wounds and application of bandages and dressings.
Study how to recognise common wildlife injuries and how to treat shock, bleeding, collapse and how to stabilise bone fractures in preparation for transportation to the veterinary surgery.
Hygiene & Health
Learn how to recognise signs of disease and ill health.
Learn about various animal diseases (including bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, hereditary as well as those caused by environment).
Crucially, learn about the prevention of the spread of infections and diseases in a rescue/rehabilitation clinic or hospital.
First Aid Kit Essentials
This wildlife rescue course module includes information about what your first aid kit should contain and how to improvise where necessary.
Wildlife Care and Rescue Centres
This wildlife rescue course module includes information about where to take injured wildlife.
Learn about wildlife recovery, rehabilitation and safe release back into the wild.
Learn more about the role that wildlife rescue organisations and charities play in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife and who to contact for advice and help.
1 Week Practical with Wildlife Rescue Charity in East Sussex (Optional)
This wildlife rescue course is an opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience assisting sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
Animal rescuers at this charity provide vital first aid to casualties starting the care right at the beginning at the rescue location.
Students attending this wildlife rescue course practical will gain hands-on experience assisting with the rescue, care and release of wildlife. The practical can be varied and may include some or all of the following:
The Wildlife Rescue Charity has been involved in numerous rescues including:
A seal trapped in a nuclear power station, an albino deer with its antlers caught in a rope swing, a badger stuck in a disused swimming pool, a fox trapped in a drain, a bird caught up on a chimney, birds flying round inside a house, run over hedgehogs and much more.
This practical provides a great opportunity to gain practical experience working with wildlife rescue.
Ashleigh Peters (completed the Wildlife First Aid and Rehabilitation Diploma course)
"The Wildlife First Aid & Rehabilitation Diploma enhanced my knowledge of the practical and ethical elements of animal welfare. Having already worked in the field many years ago, I wanted to study a course that would keep me up-to-date on the latest techniques and improve the look of my CV when trying to return to the field of wildlife rescue and rehab. Having no deadlines is great as I was able to fit studying around my home and work life, and didn't feel like the course was a burden. My tutor Louise was always on hand to give feedback and a nice chat about life!
Since starting the course, I was able to gain employment as an animal rescue officer with a small charity and put some of the skills and knowledge I had learnt into practice. I was able to apply many aspects of the course into my work, including suggesting the use of different equipment that the charity had not previously thought of.
Recently, I have just gained full-time employment with the RSPCA at one of the dedicated wildlife centres. During my interview, I was asked about the course content and I believe that having this course on my application really made me stand out against other applicants.
Thank you Louise and Animal Jobs Direct for a fantastic qualification and helping me to my perfect job!
£699 (includes optional practical)
Please contact us if you would like to enrol WITHOUT the practical placement
Working with Born Free: Animal Jobs Direct makes a donation to Born Free for each enrolment on this Wildlife Rescue Course