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The B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education at Unity College provides integrative, hands-on training and experience, preparing students to become expert wildlife rehabilitators, educators, conservationists, and advocates.
B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education
At Unity, you’ll learn about important concepts such as animal welfare, environmental enrichment, and population management and conservation, as well as the ecological influences on animal behavior. This in-depth knowledge and training transfers to careers in managing and conserving captive wildlife.
As part of our program, you will have the opportunity to work with organizations accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, such as Zoo New England, and rehabilitation centers, like Avian Haven, and the Center for Wildlife. You’ll also work closely with species you’re likely to encounter in careers after graduation—gaining the real-world experience you want.
Lead the Way
The best way to inform the public and advocate for animal welfare is through education. Using the skills and knowledge you learn at Unity, you can lead the way to help stop the suffering of millions of animals worldwide—educating communities of the dangers and misconceptions of keeping wildlife animals as pets, using them as entertainment, or making consumer products out of them.
As a captive wildlife care and education graduate, you’ll work to help communities prioritize animal safety and health over consumer demands.
What You Will Study
In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum and a specific seminar on captive wildlife care and education, you’ll study various courses in animal health, training, and handling; enrichment and exhibit design; and wildlife conservation and preservation.
Through hands-on learning, you will gain the experience and skills needed to become a wildlife care professional employed in a zoo, aquarium, museum, rehabilitation clinic, or other facility housing captive wildlife.
Careers in Captive Wildlife Care and Education
After graduating from our Captive Wildlife Care and Education program, you may work in a variety of settings to care for injured, ill, or orphaned local wildlife with the goal of reintroducing the animals to their native environment. Or you may work with captive wild animals to develop programs to reduce the animals’ stress and improve their overall health.
Careers for graduates include educators, rehabilitators, researchers, trainers, wildlife biologists, conservation specialists, and zoo interpreters. Other graduates go on to further schooling in veterinary science and veterinary technology.
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