Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Training Program Information

In animal rescue and rehabilitation programs, students learn how to handle animal-related emergencies and treat animal injuries and conditions through traditional coursework and hands-on experience.

Essential Information

Animal rescue and rehabilitation personnel assess the extent of animal injuries, stabilize the physical condition of animals and manage veterinary field hospitals. Those interested in a career in this field can enroll in a certificate or veterinary technology associate's degree program. One to two week-long certificate training programs are typically offered by university veterinary medicine, biomedicine and agricultural science departments and are geared towards public safety, physical therapy and veterinary medicine professionals wanting to continue their education. Curriculum covers large animal handling and restraints, tranquilizers, animal anatomy, farm incident management and disaster response. Direct experience is gained through rescue techniques practice with real animals and relevant equipment. Over a 2-year span, associate's students learn about veterinary health management and nursing principles, animal diseases and pathology, diagnostics, microbiology, sterilization and oncology. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.

  • Program Levels : Certification and associate's degree.
  • Program Fields: Veterinary technology.
  • Prerequisites: Be a practicing professional in the industry for a certificate, 18 years old with a high school diploma for an associate's.
  • Program Length: 1-2 weeks for certificate, 2 years for an associates.
  • Online Availability: Online courses and programs available.

Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Training Certificate

Certificate students learn about a variety of medical approaches for injury treatment, including holistic methods. Other common program topics include:

  • Animal behavior and diseases
  • Biosecurity
  • Emergency euthanasia
  • First aid
  • Liability issues

Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology

Associate's curricula is designed to prepare students for eventual careers in laboratory settings, with classes that discuss:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Anesthesia
  • Hematology
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiology

Popular Careers

Graduates are qualified for a number of industry positions, including those in animal recovery and restoration. Some popular job titles are:

  • Emergency medical technician
  • Firefighter
  • Police officer
  • Veterinarian or veterinary assistant
  • Animal physical therapist

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for animal care/service workers (which includes animal control) and veterinary technologists is predicted to grow at a rate of 15% and 30% over 2012-2022, with mean salaries of $34,370 and $32,350 as of May 2014, respectively.

Continuing Education and Certification Information

All states require registration, certification or licensure for veterinary technicians and technologists. Requirements vary, but many states employ the Veterinary Technician National Examination, administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

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