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 arrive

  • 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

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.

Australian Wildlife Handling, Conservation, and Care

20+ Lecture Hours, 1.5 university credit

  1. 2
    • Sign the Online Course Agreement to continue

    • Part 2

    • Quiz: Reptiles 2

  2. 3
    • Classification and Anatomy

    • Quiz: Birds 1

    • Husbandry and Medicine

    • Quiz: Birds 2

  3. 4
    • Taxonomy, Conservation, Anatomy, and Physiology

    • Quiz: Carnivores and Omnivores 1

    • Husbandry and Medicine

    • Quiz: Carnivores and Omnivores 2

  4. 5
    • Classification, Conservation, Anatomy, and Physiology

    • Quiz: Mammalian Herbivores and Omnivores 1

    • Restraint, Handling, Nutrition, and Medicine

    • Quiz: Mammalian Herbivores and Omnivores 2

  5. 6
    • Behavior and Enrichment

    • Quiz: Behavior and Enrichment

  6. 7
    • Conservation and One Health

    • Quiz: Conservation Medicine and One Health

  7. 8
    • Welcome to Kangaroo Island

    • Managing wildlife burns after the bushfires (2h20m)

    • Quiz: Wildlife

    • Wildlife rehabilitation on Kangaroo Island

    • Tour of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

  8. 9
    • Preventative Medicine, Zoonosis, and Infectious Disease

    • Quiz: Preventative medicine

    • Chemical restraint and anesthesia of wildlife

    • Quiz: Chemical restraint and anesthesia

    • Toxicology

    • Quiz: Toxicology

  9. 10
    • Intro

    • Case #1: Green tree frog

    • Case #2: Masked lapwing ("palaver")

    • Case #3: Donnie the Eastern grey kangaroo

    • Case #4: Welcome swallow

    • Case #5: Brushtail possum

    • Discussion: Euthanasia policies in wildlife management

    • Bonus patient #1: Wood duck

    • Bonus patient #2: Sea snake

    • Final words from Dr Bree

  10. 11
    • Apply for a winter or summer with Loop Abroad!

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. University credit is not offered with this internship.

Meet Our Instructors

Zoo Veterinarian

Ryan Colburn, DVM

Dr. Colburn is the sole Veterinarian for the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is passionate about emergency medicine and supporting conservation through his work at the Zoo. He earned his DVM at Michigan State University and completed rotations at the Detroit Zoo as well as the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) in Sanibel Island, Florida. Dr. Colburn has yet to identify a true "favorite" among his patients but he does have a special place in his heart for felids.

Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian

Diana Boon, DVM

Dr. Boon is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian with nearly 20 years of experience. She has worked at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, the Denver Zoo, and as a full time zoo relief professional, working with 10 other zoos around the USA. She has been an active teacher and mentor in the Mongolian Argalia sheep conservation project and the California Condor recovery program. She has a soft spot for flamingos after helping with a hand rearing and recovery project in South Africa. She earned her DVM from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a large animal medicine & surgery internship at Texas A&M University.