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Captive Wildlife Care Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Captive wildlife care

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Total Credit Hours: 9
Tuition: $398 per credit hour*

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Undergraduate Certificate in Captive Wildlife Care

Zookeeper feeding a kangaroo.Are you interested in careers related to studying and caring for wildlife? Husson’s 100% online captive wildlife care certificate will deepen your understanding of captive wildlife management and enhance your credentials in this growing profession. 

This 9-credit, 3-course, 100% online Certificate in Captive Wildlife Care prepares you to apply animal behavior and basic care principles to captive wildlife in zoos or rehabilitation centers. Our experienced faculty, who have years of professional experience working with animals, will teach you how to safely handle, transport, and train wildlife, understand basic nutrition, health and disease transmission, and how to build appropriate habitat enclosures.   

This certificate is a valuable credential for students enrolled in our bachelor’s in animal care and behavior online degree and anyone interested in working with wildlife. 

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*All rates subject to change

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Upcoming Start Dates

September 3, 2024
October 28, 2024
January 21, 2024

Multiple start dates throughout the year
Stop out for a term for flexibility

 

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Captive wildlife care Courses

AB 201: Animal Behavior 

Baby sea turtle swimming in the water.Are you interested in careers related to studying and caring for wildlife? Husson’s 100% online captive wildlife care certificate will deepen your understanding of captive wildlife management and enhance your credentials in this growing profession. 

In this course, you will study animal behavior through biological and psychological lenses. Deep exploration into the behavior of a species of your choosing complement examples of many species through the coursework. You'll design and conduct an ethogram study on a species informed by factors that impact behavior, types and categories of behavior, applied behavior, and animal emotion and cognition. 

AB 321: Introduction to Wildlife Care and Management 

In this course, you will learn about the care and management of wildlife in captive settings. The course is structured around the theme of animal welfare. Through the course, you’ll gain perspectives on the principles of animal welfare and how these are applied to wildlife management strategies. Each week, you'll explore relevant content, examine contemporary use cases, and apply knowledge to proposing solutions to problems. 

AB 421: Designing Captive Wildlife Experiences 

In this course, you will learn about the design of captive wildlife experiences. The course functions as the capstone for the Captive Wildlife Care Certificate program. Through the course, you’ll gain perspectives on the history and epistemology of habitat design for captive animals. You'll also explore the theories of behavioral enrichment and applied animal cognition. 

Faculty Spotlight


Brian Greco, Ph.D., M.S.

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Brian Greco grew up in southern California and obtained his bachelor’s degrees in biology and art from UC Davis. After graduating from UC Davis, he worked at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as an elephant trainer for eight years.  While working at the Safari Park, he obtained his master’s degree in biology emphasizing animal cognition and learning. After that, he went back to UC Davis to work towards his Ph.D. in applied ethology - the use of behavior as an indicator of welfare state.  As a complement to his doctoral studies, Greco helped to co-found AWARE Institute, a consulting organization that helps zoos address animal welfare challenges. After graduating with his doctorate, Greco started teaching at the university level where he focused on classes in animal behavior, cognition, ethics, research methods and welfare. His research interests are directed towards understanding how housing complexity, the use of operant conditioning, and the predictability of management/handling events influence stereotypic, anticipatory, and social behavior. He is interested in using cognitive challenges to enhance environmental enrichment practices and to support progressive animal care practices. In total, he has been working with and studying the behavior of exotic, domestic and lab animals for about twenty years.


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