WILDLIFE RESCUE & REHABILITATION
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation focuses on the art, science and practice of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation; elements of which can be applied universally across bio-geographic regions. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in rescuing and rehabbing wildlife, with or without previous experience. This course is inspired by decades of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation work by Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand DVM PhD, the world-renowned Wildlife Veterinarian and Director of the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC). In 2013, Dr. Isabelle received the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Marlys Bulander Working Together for Wildlife Award and has continued to dedicate her veterinary career and teaching to wildlife medicine.
The Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation course is an intensive introduction to key topics spanning each step from avoiding human-wildlife conflict, wildlife emergency response, capture, restraint, transport, and elements of medicine for non-veterinary practitioners. General principals of rehabilitation and species-specific topics are discussed in detail. Species include mammals, birds and reptiles. Guest-speakers enrich the conversation with their diverse and seasoned wildlife rehabilitation experience. While the majority of the course is held at the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic, participants visit a number of other wildlife centers, each of which engages different forms of wildlife work. While at BWRC, participants have the opportunity to observe, and when possible, assist the veterinary staff with daily treatments and husbandry. In between visiting field sites and structured learning sessions, we offer cultural and recreational activities including culinary experiences, waterfalls trips, Maya Archeological sites, jungle and cave experiences and more.
The Wildlife Institute arranges housing at local hotels and guest houses for interns and students. Standard accomodations include multiple occupany, AC, free WiFi, private bath and kitchenette. Upgrades and private accomodations are available upon request. Students and interns have free access to BWRC kayaks for wildlife spotting and recreation.