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Captive Wildlife Care

Bachelor of Science

Hybrid Learning Virtual Open House – Next Start Date is February 22

Caring and Advocating

for Wildlife

Flexible and affordable, the B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care offer students a new way to earn a degree from America’s Environmental College. Students can choose where and how to learn according to individual preferences and ultimate career goals.


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Captive Wildlife Care Hybrid Learning Highlights

Holding animal
Online and/or In-person
Work with dedicated instructors online or in-person.
Woman holding deer
Actively advocate for the humane and healthy treatment of captive animals.
Working with Cheetah
Share knowledge of captive animals through demonstrations with partner organizations and internships in locations such as Israel and Africa.
Woman holding goat
Educational Design
Learn from professionals and gain real-world experience including hands-on practice to create educational exhibits and enrichment design projects.
Man holding snake
Career Connections
Connect others to large animal species and help bridge the gap between people and wildlife.
Two people with a giraffe
Global Reach
Train to work with animals in order to solve larger, global issues including animal welfare and rights.

At Unity College Hybrid Learning, students 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, students 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. Students also work closely with species they’re likely to encounter in careers after graduation—gaining the real-world experience.

Lead the Way

The best way to inform the public and advocate for animal welfare is through education. Using the skills and knowledge students learn at Unity, they 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 graduate, students work to help communities prioritize animal safety and health over consumer demands.

What Students Study

In addition to liberal arts foundation courses and a specific seminar on captive wildlife care, students study various courses in animal health, training, and handling; enrichment and exhibit design; and wildlife conservation and preservation.

Through hands-on learning, students 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.

View the Captive Wildlife Care Check Sheet
View the Unity College Hybrid Learning Course Catalog – Academic Year 2020-2021
View the Unity College Hybrid Learning Student Handbook – Academic Year 2020-2021

How Students Attend Classes

Students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning programs have the flexibility to design their own academic experiences in ways that best fit with their learning preferences, lifestyle, and career aspirations. Learners can enroll in online courses while roaming the world or dedicate their time to immersive and tactile learning in our residential communities, or anything in between.

  • As a Hybrid student, students choose – in-person, online, or both simultaneously.
  • From the moment they enroll, students are assigned a specialized Hybrid Learning Coach to provide them with individualized attention as they make their choices and blaze their learning path. A Hybrid Learning Coach will stay with them throughout their learning experience regardless of the modality or pace of their path.
  • As long as a student is enrolled in three credits during a term, they are considered full time.
  • Students can register for up to three terms at a time.
  • We also offer housing and dining options to fit their schedule.

Here are some examples of the learning pathways available within our majors. Most terms are five weeks long.

Six Credits, In-Person

CourseMonday – Thursday
IS 201 Sustainable Mariculture (3 cr. Elective)8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WF 201 Animal Training (3 cr. CWC Core)12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Six Credits, In-Person and Online

CourseMonday – Thursday
EVPC 101 Professional Skills (3 cr. General Education Core)Online through Unity College Distance Education
WF 201 Animal Training (3 cr. CWC Core)12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Six Credits, Online

CourseMonday – Thursday
EVPC 101 Professional Skills (3 cr. General Education Core)Online through Unity College Distance Education
WF 201 Animal Training (3 cr. CWC Core)12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Careers in Captive Wildlife Care

After graduating from our Captive Wildlife Care program, students 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. Students also 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.

Captive Wildlife Care Career Outcomes

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