If you’re the kind of person who wants to work in a job related to wildlife in the future, or who wants to learn more about wildlife protection, then our training courses are for you.
With the aim of providing content-rich training courses, the AJWCEF works in cooperation with Queensland government wildlife protection and rescue facilities and wildlife parks, etc. to offer training in animal husbandry and wildlife medical assistance for the animals at each of those facilities under the guidance and supervision of the vets, rangers and animal carers, etc., on staff.
There are three different types of training courses – basic, applied and clinical.
Through both practical and theory lessons, participants in the Basic Training Course will learn about the fundamentals of Australia’s main wildlife, their protection and husbandry methods. Even if you don’t have a lot of knowledge or experience with wildlife, this course is for you.
* As of 2020, the course previously referred to as the introductory course will be known as the Basic Training Course; the length and content of the program, however, are unchanged.
In the Applied Training Course participants look at both the land and marine environments inhabited by Australian wildlife. In terms of the marine environment, we aim to boost knowledge about that habitat and the protection of creatures in the sub-tropical waters which support abundant marine animals. The land environment component builds on the introductory training course to provide a more specialised investigation of wildlife, particularly the protection and captive breeding of endangered Australian species, as well as the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife.
Participants in the Clinical Training Course have the chance for specialised study of clinical aspects (rescue, rehabilitation, management of sick animals) of Australia’s unique wildlife (marsupials, monotremes, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) under the tutelage and guidance of specialist wildlife vets accredited by the Australian Veterinary Association and specialist wildlife nurses. Deceased and euthanised animals also provide an opportunity that is simply unavailable in Japan to study the unique anatomy of Australian animals including marsupials (such as koalas), with pathological autopsy also a feature. At other facilities, participants gain wildlife rearing and management skills through feeding of orphaned wildlife, among other activities, as well as learn about the importance of enrichment and preventive medicine in the management of zoo animals. In addition, there will be a tour of the veterinary science teaching hospital at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities, The University of Queensland, to allow participants to get a feel for how veterinarians and veterinary nurses are educated in Australia, and there will be opportunities to interact with vets and rangers directly involved in local environmental protection activities.
* For an outline of the 2020 Applied and Clinical Training courses please click here.
In principle, completion of the Introductory (Basic) Training Course is a pre-requisite to participation in the Applied and Clinical Training Courses. However, applicants with the same level of knowledge or higher may apply.
Furthermore, as exchanges with instructors during the training course will be in English, we also provide English conversation lessons to participants in the Basic Training Course. Participants will learn basic conversation required during practical training, and important information, in English, for living in Australia.
Please note, however, that Japanese interpretation will be provided during the course where required, so even people who are not so confident about their English ability can rest easy.