Training Course Overview

Training Course Information

2017 Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation(AJWCF) Australian Wildlife Conservation Training Course Overview

Objectives
In addition to providing an opportunity to consider "a better way for humans and wildlife to coexist" on the premise of returning rescued wildlife to the natural environment from the perspective of wildlife conservation in an ecological context, the objective of the course is to boost the knowledge of participants regarding the conservation and rescue of marsupials and monotremes, an experience not possible in Japan.

Course Location
Queensland, Australia

Training Facilities
Queensland government wildlife and environmental protection facilities (Moggill Koala Hospital, David Fleay Wildlife Park)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Redland city (Indigiscapes centre)
Ipswich Koala Protection Society
The University of Queensland
RAPCA, etc.

Types of Courses
Introductory Training Course
Take part in practical training and lectures about some of Australia’s better-known unique wildlife (marsupials and monotremes) to learn the basics about their anatomy and ecology, as well as learn about the fundamentals of protection and husbandry management. Not only will you gain knowledge about the natural environment of the eucalyptus forests that are vital habitat for wildlife, our program also includes a tree-planting activity. We’re sure you’ll also honing your observational skills when we go looking for wild koalas as we glide down the river in kayaks. English conversation classes are also included.

Advanced Training Course
An intensive training course covering conservation, rescue and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife is to be held primarily at the cutting-edge treatment and rehabilitation facilities of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital. Participants will receive instruction from Dr Michael Pyne, one of Australia’s leading veterinarians treating wildlife and other hospital and sanctuary staff. Dr Pyne has treated koalas in China at the request of the Chinese government. With the cooperation of the Moggill Koala Hospital, we will also be providing advanced wildlife clinical management and protection including autopsies

Professional Training Course
The professional course is for veterinarians, veterinary nurses and husbandry managers, etc., and provides training in a specific field.

Marine Life Training course
This course will involve the study of marine environments and the basics of wildlife conservation at the University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station (MBRS). This course is run in cooperation with the University of Queensland, which is a leading authority among Australian Universities in this field.
The MBRS is on North Stradbroke Island, one of the largest sand islands in the world, which is situated in Moreton Bay on the eastern coast of Australia. This part of the ocean is home to dugongs, sea turtles, rays, dolphins, whales (between July and November), and a diverse array of fish, marine plants and more, making it a hub for subtropical marine research.
During the course, students will be staying at the MBRS with other researchers and students from across the world, as well as receiving instruction and guidance from teachers from the University of Queensland. This will allow the students to actively interact with people from all over the world in their free time.

*Seminars and training are mostly conducted in English. An interpreter will be present as required, however, so those who are unsure of their English language ability can still fully participate in the courses.

Eligibility
Introductory Training Course
Essentially for people with limited knowledge and experience of wildlife. People with some experience are also welcome to participate, however, so please contact the AJWCEF Head Office with any enquiries.

Advanced Training Course
People who have completed the introductory training course are eligible to apply. You are also eligible if you have at least the level of knowledge of a person who has completed the introductory training course (e.g. if you are a veterinarian, veterinary nurse, at least a 3rd year student in a university degree in animal or environmental science, or have experience in the field of environment or wildlife protection and/or rescue). Please contact the training course manager at AJWCEF Head Office should you have any enquiries regarding application criteria.

Professional Training Course
For veterinarians, veterinary nurses, husbandry managers, who work with wildlife.

Marine Life Training Course
Essentially for people with limited knowledge and experience of marine life and marine environment. People with some experience are also welcome to participate, however, so please contact the AJWCEF Head Office with any enquiries.

*AJWCEF members will receive priority when applying for training courses.

Insurance
Prior to commencement of training courses, all participants are required to take out appropriate travel insurance that includes coverage for medical costs in the case of illness or injury. The AJWCEF will bear no responsibility for accidents during free time, or those attributable to participant error.

Health and Vaccinations
Please ensure that you advise us of any health issues or allergies on the training course application. Participants are also required to have a tetanus vaccination no later than 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.