In-Person Classes Start August 26th, 2024

In-Person Classes Start August 26th, 2024

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation

Bachelor of Science

Rehabilitate and Care for Captive Wildlife

For those seeking an exhilarating career as a wildlife rehabilitator, conservation specialist, animal educator, wildlife rehabilitator, animal caretaker, or veterinary sciences, Unity’s bachelor degree in Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation offers a pathway to achieve those goals. With a holistic approach encompassing animal science, wildlife ecology, animal enrichment, and management, augmented by specialized instruction in cutting-edge animal rehabilitation techniques, policy formulation, animal training methodologies, students are empowered to embark on impactful careers in zoos and aquariums and in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. The program’s crowning feature is a hands-on internship experience, providing invaluable real-world exposure and practical skills essential for making a tangible difference in the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity and the habitats in which they thrive.

Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Highlights


Educational Design

Learn from professionals and gain real-world experience including hands-on practice to create educational exhibits and enrichment design projects.

Career Connections

Connect others to large animal species and help bridge the gap between people and wildlife.

Global Reach

Train to work with animals in order to solve larger, global issues including animal welfare and rights.

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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.

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Degree Requirements and Courses

The Wildlife Conservation degree requires 120 credits, including 30 that must be completed at the 300 level or above. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside accredited institutions. For more details, browse our Wildlife Conservation degree checklist. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program, then apply online for free to get started.

How much does it cost?

Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

How fast can I finish?

Our comprehensive 120-credit program can be tailored to fit your schedule and goals! Completion time is flexible, determined by the number of credits you choose to take each term (8 terms/year) and less time with transfer credits. Without transfer credits, you can anticipate the following completion times:

  • 24 credits/year: Complete in just 5 years
  • 30 credits/year: Achieve your degree in 4 years
  • 48 credits/year: Fast-track your education in only 2.6 years
How many credits can I transfer?

Apply online (it’s free!) and a distance education concierge will reach out to create an individualized plan for transferring your credits. You may also want to try estimating your transfer credits using Transferology.

What courses will I be taking?

For course requirements, browse our Wildlife Conservation checklist or view our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

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Program Features

High Value EducationNationally recognized for the quality of our programs delivered at an affordable price.

Social Mobility: Unity ranks in the top 15% of colleges in the U.S. for fostering upward mobility.

Sustainability Core: All programs are committed to sustainable practices, preparing you for a future of environmental awareness in all fields.

Flexible Learning: Balance work and education effortlessly by choosing when and where you want to study.

Flexible Start Dates8 start dates per year allows you to control your schedule

Personalized GuidanceBenefit from individualized academic and professional advising, where we are dedicated to turning your career and academic aspirations into tangible achievements.

Transfer-Friendly: Shorten your academic timeline, since we accept up to 90 credits to value your prior academic achievements.

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Experts in the Field

At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Dr. Megan Linske

Instructor of Wildlife Biology

Unlock the power of scientific communication with Dr. Megan Linske! In the dynamic world of research, effective outreach is key, and Dr. Linske is your guide to mastering it. With a background in public outreach for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Megan not only conducts groundbreaking research but also translates complex findings into accessible insights.

As a seasoned communicator, Megan enriches her students with the art of conveying research knowledge. Ready to bridge the gap between science and the public? Join Dr. Linske in decoding the secrets of impactful communication in the realm of conservation and experimentation!


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