Education at the WHCC
The WHCC is committed to training veterinary students in the art and science of wildlife medicine and educating them about the important societal role that they must play if we are to maintain a healthy and diverse environment.
Veterinary students are taught Veterinary Conservation Biology in their second year with the bioscience students. In their fourth year they are taught exotic animal medicine and in their fifth year, veterinary students can elect to take a one month rotation in the Wildlife Hospital where they get hands on training.
We believe that this is the most advanced University based training program for veterinary students in wildlife medicine in Australia.
Veterinarians and veterinary nurses
The WHCC also provides continuing education for veterinarians. Veterinarians training for their specialty certification can work and study at the Wildlife Hospital.
Conferences are offered at the WHCC and staff members regularly present at national and international veterinary meetings and publish in veterinary journals and books.
A major objective of the WHCC is to train the conservation biologists of tomorrow. The WHCC in combination with the Faculty of Science offer a Master’s of Wildlife Health and Population Management. This program provides units of study that allow students to understand the key treating processes that impact wildlife and the types of measures that can be taken to reduce or reverse their impact.
Students come from all over the world to attend this course. Discoveries made by these Master’s students have significantly advanced the field of conservation biology in Australia.
PhD students are involved in the many aspects of wildlife health research being conducted by the WHCC.
The desire to care for and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife is strong in Australia and many Australians are wildlife carers.
Good intentions, however, are not enough and the WHCC is actively involved in training wildlife carers so that the care that they provide is optimized and is most likely to result in the successful release of a healthy animal back to the wild.
The public and government
The WHCC is mandated by our original charter and driven by the beliefs of its staff to educate the public about the important environmental issues facing society.
This goal is achieved by offering regular programs about wildlife at the WHCC and in various locations to community groups and schools.
Our discoveries and information about timely issues are presented to the public online, in newspapers, on the radio and on television.
In conjunction with other agencies such as the Australian Wildlife Health Network, the WHCC informs governmental agencies about issues that impact Australian wildlife.