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Australia Wildlife Handling, Conservation, and Care

Learn about koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, and wallabies!

20+ hours of video lessons about Australian wildlife medicine

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  • Learn from wildlife veterinarians in a mobile clinic treating rescued patients as they arriveLoop Abroad student holding a wombat in her hands
  • Learn how to handle and restrain unique Australian species, including reptiles, small mammals, and birds of prey
  • Dedicated lectures in the handling and restraint of
  • Learn about common diseases and injuries of wildlife and their medical management
  • Learn about the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation process step-by-step: from rescue to the vet clinic to a wildlife carers to release
  • Understand the devastating impact of the Australian bushfires in 2019-2020 and how wildlife veterinarians responded to save wildlife
  • Tour the wildlife center at Kangaroo Island with Dr Chloe Buiting (@jungle_doctor)


Australia Wildlife Handling, Conservation, and Care course will give you the opportunity to learn from veterinarians from across the world about the unique challenges of rescuing, diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating, and conserving Australian wildlife.

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What you get

Focused of Australian Kangaroo
This course includes 20+ hours of lectures and pre-recorded clinic shadowing sessions.

To earn a Certificate of Completion, you will need to complete all the online quizzes with a passing grade to demonstrate your understanding of the course topics.

Course Topics

  • Foundations of wildlife medicineSugar glider on top of the head of Dr. Chloe
  • Anatomy and physiology of Australian wildlife along with their taxonomy
  • Handling and restraint of reptiles, birds (including birds of prey), carnivores, omnivores, and more
  • Medical diagnostics and treatment of common issues for each species
  • Special considerations for chemical restraint and anaesthesia in capturing, treating, or operating on wildlife patients
  • Good practices in wildlife husbandry and preventative medicine
  • Zoonotic and infectious disease management in the wild as well as in rescue settings
  • What makes an animal fit for release back into the wild
  • Toxicology and the chemical threats to wildlife health
  • Wildlife burn management from initial triage to long-term recovery
  • Toxicology and the chemical threats to wildlife health
  • Emerging fields in veterinary medicine: One Health and Conservation Medicine

Who It’s For

This program is designed for university-aged students who are interested in working professionally with animals.

All undergraduate, pre-veterinary, and veterinary students are welcome. Individuals of any nationality may apply. All lessons are in English.


Dr Chloe Buiting (@jungle_doctor) – Dr Buiting is an Australian veterinarian passionate about wildlife conservation who shares her adventures on Instagram and recently published The Jungle Doctor: The Adventures of an International Wildlife Vet. She lives on Kangaroo Island in South Australia and treated hundreds of wildlife burn victims after the recent Australian bushfires. Dr Buiting will be teaching lessons about:

  • Managing wildlife burns during the Australian bushfires
  • What it takes to mount a large-scale wildlife operation from triage to rescue to treatment, rehabilitation, and release
  • Tour the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and learn about their on-going mission

Dr Bree Talbot – Dr Talbot works for Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in New South Wales, Australis. This clinic is a brand new, state-of-the-art wildlife clinic in a semi truck! It is equipped with everything Dr Talbot and her team need to help rescued wildlife brought in daily by the public and their network of wildlife carers. From tree frogs to possums to sea snakes, her team is ready to help.

Dr Hezy Anholt – Dr Anholt recently starred in Nat Geo WILD’s Jungle Animal Rescue. She has worked as a veterinarian in Malawi, India, and Canada. She has most recently been conducting research on zebra, sable, impala, waterbuck, warthog, bushpig, and other wildlife and will be teaching you the principles of capture, restraint, anesthesia, and conservation of wild animals.

Guest Lecturers – Many lectures are delivered by zoo veterinarians who regularly teach Loop Abroad student groups at the Wildlife Walkabout Park as part of the Australia Veterinary Service program.


Loop Abroad student grinning over the slithering of the snake she is holding.Part of your tuition will go towards supporting our partner organizations. Your help is especially valuable in a time where decreased tourism has left many sanctuaries without their primary source of financial support.

Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help students meet their goals.

Tuition: $1,800 $995

There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this course.

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