Avian Wildlife

Specialise in caring for and treating avian wildlife at Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin’s Wildlife Hospital. Our qualifications provide important professional development in a growth area of veterinary care, working with wildlife and in particular birds.

 

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Learn the skills you need to succeed in caring for wildlife, in particular avian wildlife, which is a different experience to working with companion or farm animals. These specialist skills are increasing in demand, especially working with rare and threatened native birds throughout New Zealand.

Our avian wildlife courses are tailored to qualified veterinary nurses and vets, through a blended mode of study delivery - with predominantly distance learning that can be down while working. Each certificate includes a week-long intensive at the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, to put the learning into action in this specialised clinic and surgery.

Avian Wildlife qualifications

Agriculture & Animal Care

This course is ideal if you are a qualified Veterinary Nurse who is increasingly being presented with injured or sick avian wildlife during your daily practice. Offered in collaboration with the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, this programme is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and offers a unique and specialised professional development opportunity. You will gain a sound knowledge of avian wildlife healthcare, with a focus on patient support and management.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Career potential

Avian Specialist, Lead Avian Nurse

Agriculture & Animal Care

If you are a qualified Veterinarian who is being presented with sick or injured avian wildlife, this programme will give you the skills to administer medicine and/or surgery. You will graduate with the ability to provide optimal standards of welfare and outcomes for avian wildlife patients, plan and manage anesthesia, manage medical diseases, and perform diagnostics and surgical procedures on avian wildlife patients.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Career potential

Avian Wildlife Surgeon, Lead Avian Vet

Dunedin's Wildlife Hospital

Dunedin's Wildlife Hospital

Dr Lisa Argilla and her team give our learners unprecedented practical experience in the Wildli...

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