The Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™ program provides a reliable validation of knowledge that will accelerate professional development and enhance credibility in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.
What does a wildlife rehabilitation person do?
Wildlife rehabilitators are involved in all aspects of wildlife care, from intake to release back into the wild (hopefully). Rehabilitators work with the public, taking information when animals arrive into their facility and providing critical care or enlisting the help of their veterinarian when necessary.
What type of education is required to be a wildlife rehabilitator?
For most rehabilitators, NWRA recommends a college degree in biology or ecology. The curriculum should include ornithology, mammalogy, animal behavior, ecology, and related wildlife and environmental subjects.
What are the benefits of being a wildlife rehabilitator?
Wildlife rehabilitation helps injured and ill animals return to their ecosystems so that they can continue to play their roles. Wildlife rehabilitation is especially important for endangered species.
What animals do wildlife rehabilitators work with?
In many cases, rehabilitators raise orphaned young animals to maturity. Depending on their geographic location, rehabilitators may work with many species including deer, raccoons, woodpeckers, eagles, hawks, pelicans, herons, turtles, snakes, seals, hummingbirds, ducks, owls, bats, frogs, ferrets, geese, and swans.
How much do wildlife rehabilitators make?
Wildlife Rehabilitator Salaries
|Toronto Wildlife Centre Wildlife Rehabilitator salaries – 1 salaries reported||$14/hr|
|Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Rehabilitator salaries – 1 salaries reported||$39,047/yr|
|BC SPCA Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator salaries – 1 salaries reported||$25/hr|
Do animal rehabilitators get paid?
Most wildlife rehabilitators are volunteers. Paid positions do exist, however. The general annual pay range is between $20,000 and $40,000, with senior positions at large facilities having salaries of up to $75,000 per year.
How can I work with animals without being a vet?
Here are 12 jobs working with animals that could pay the bills:
- Kennel attendant, pet sitter and dog walker.
- Veterinary assistant.
- Laboratory animal caretaker.
- Veterinary technicians.
- Animal control worker.
- Conservation and forest technicians.