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Species Courses

WIRES runs a wide range of advanced species courses for WIRES volunteers, members of other licenced wildlife organisations and industry professionals working with wildlife, such as practicing veterinary staff. Please note, these courses are not open to members of the public.

WIRES Advanced Species Courses

Lizard and Turtle Care Course

This course introduces important practices for the rescue and rehabilitation of Australian lizards and turtles including; ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Behaviour, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course is delivered 100% online.

Frog Care Course

This course introduces important practices for the rescue and rehabilitation of Australian frogs including; ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Behaviour, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course is delivered 100% online.

Avian Care Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Australian birds, including; Avian ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Basic Necropsy, Behaviour, Chick Care (Reuniting, Housing and Care), Diet, Crop Feeding, Crop Rehydration, Teaching to Self Feed and Preparation for Release. This course has a compulsory online component and compulsory one day face to face workshop.

Raptor Rescue Course

This course covers important information regarding the rescue and transport of sick, injured or orphaned raptors including WHS, identification, distribution, biology and behaviour, rescue scenarios, safe rescue and transport methods, common injuries and illnesses, record keeping and reporting. It is delivered 100% online.

Wombat Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Australian wombats, including; Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Basic Necropsy, Behaviour, Joey Care, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course is delivered in a one day face to face workshop.

Macropod Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Australian macropods, including; ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Basic Necropsy, Behaviour, Joey Care, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course is delivered in a one day face to face workshop.

Koala Rescue Course

This course covers important information regarding the rescue and transport of sick, injured or orphaned koalas including WHS, identification, distribution, biology and behaviour, rescue scenarios, safe rescue and transport methods, common injuries and illnesses, record keeping and reporting. This course is delivered 100% online.

Flying-fox and Microbat Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Australian bats, including; ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Basic Necropsy, Behaviour, Pup Care, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course has a compulsory online component and compulsory one day face to face workshop.

Possum and Glider Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful rescue and rehabilitation of these Australian mammals, including; ID, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Examination and Treatment, Hospital Care, Basic Necropsy, Behaviour, Joey Care, Diet and Preparation for Release. This course is delivered in a two day face to face workshop.

Snake Handling Course

This course introduces important topics for the successful safe handling of Australian snakes, including; ID, First Aid, WHS, Anatomy and Physiology, Rescue Scenarios, Common Injuries and Disease, Relocation and Release. This course consists of a compulsory online component followed by a one or two day workshop.

Please note: public liability insurance is required in order to attend this workshop.

Sea Turtle Rescue Course

This course introduces important topics for the rescue of Australian Sea Turtles, including; Species ID and Distribution, Biology and Life Cycle, Diseases and Threats, WHS, Rescue Scenarios, Handling and Transport. This course is delivered 100% online.

WIRES Training for External Organisations and Industry Professionals

If you are not a WIRES volunteer but you are a member of another licenced wildlife organisation or you are working professionally with wildlife in another capacity and you'd like to complete species training with WIRES, please email [email protected] to register your interest. Please note these courses are not available to members of the public.

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