Wildlife Care & Handling Minor

This 15-credit minor enables students to develop an understanding of wildlife care and handling. It is most useful to students in programs such as wildlife, animal science, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental studies, and environment & society, but it is open to students of all majors! Students will become acquainted with animal care and handling, ethics and population-level concerns of wildlife. Any direct involvement with medical care will be under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Relevant academic resources for CFANS and non-CFANS students are provided on the CFANS Minors page.

For more up-to-date information on the minor, please visit the University Catalog.



One component that really sets this minor apart is the externship requirement. Students will gain real-world experience working over the summer with a host organization to complete their externship experience. Possible applications include wildlife research focused on capture and handling, rehabilitation, or permanently- or temporarily-captive wild animals. Some examples of wildlife facilities where externships can be completed include zoos, nature centers, sanctuaries, rehabilitation facilities, rescue centers, wildlife care facilities.