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Wildlife Care and Handling

Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 19 to 27
  • The capstone of the curriculum is an externship, FW 4625, a resident, professional experience in which students work hands-on with wild animals. Animal care in this sense might include wildlife research focused on capture and handling, rehabilitation, or permanently- or temporarily-captive wild animals. The residency might mean that students are working in a facility (e.g., zoo, nature center, sanctuary, rehabilitation facility, rescue center, wildlife care facility) or might mean that the student travels to provide care (e.g., working with a DNR wildlife field crew). The externship must provide hands-on experience with care of wild animals, and must involve at least some understanding of the mission and overall operation of the facility or organization. The externship takes place in a wildlife handling facility off campus; that might be in Minnesota or many other places in the world.
This minor enables students to develop an understanding of wildlife care and handling. It will be especially attractive to students in in programs such as wildlife, animal science, biology, natural resources, and environmental studies. Students become acquainted with diagnosis, animal handling, ethics, and population-level concerns of animal care. Any direct involvement with medical care will be under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Students interested in the minor should declare through the CFANS Student Services Office.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Basic biology is a prerequisite for courses in the minor.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisites
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2002 - Foundations of Biology for Biological Sciences Majors, Part I [BIOL] (6.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Core program
Three courses are required (9 credits).
VPM 2400 - Managed Captive Wildlife (3.0 cr)
FW 4629 - Wildlife Care and Handling Externship (3.0 cr)
FW 4102 - Principles of Conservation Biology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
or FW 4103 - Principles of Wildlife Management (3.0 cr)
Animal Course
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 2401 - Animal Nutrition (3.0 cr)
· EEB 4329 - Primate Ecology and Social Behavior (3.0 cr)
· FW 4401 - Fish Physiology and Behavior (3.0 cr)
· VBS 2100 - Companion Animal Anatomy (3.0 cr)
· VCS 4606 - Small Animal Management (3.0 cr)
· EEB 3411 - Introduction to Animal Behavior (3.0 cr)
or EEB 3412W - Introduction to Animal Behavior [WI] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Course
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FW 3925 - Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (3.0 cr)
· HORT 4601 - Aquaponics: Integrated fish and plant food systems (4.0 cr)
· VPM 4400 - Diseases in free-ranging and captive wildlife (3.0 cr)
· Wildlife handling
An approved professional training course in wildlife care and handling may be substituted for FW 5625 and 1 credit of FW 4391. Substitutions are approved by petition. To qualify for approval, a training course must include at least 30 hours of instruction in a field setting, and at least one third of the instruction must be hands–on. A wide range of such professional courses is available. Contact the minor coordinator for guidance.
· FW 5625 - Wildlife Handling and Immobilization for Research and Management (2.0 cr)
FW 4391 - Independent Study: Wildlife (1.0-5.0 cr)
 
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BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01525 - Biol 1009/Biol 1009H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: high school chemistry
BIOL 2002 - Foundations of Biology for Biological Sciences Majors, Part I (BIOL)
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01361
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Core biological concepts, from biomolecules to ecosystems. Emphasizes evolution, organismal diversity, and genetics within context of problem solving/applications. prereq: [[CHEM 1021 or 1061 or equiv], CBS major] or dept consent; calculus I or equiv recommended
VPM 2400 - Managed Captive Wildlife
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is an introduction to key issues at the interface of humans and managed captive wildlife. Topics include: the role of managed captive wildlife species in conservation, education, exhibition, agriculture, and research; biodiversity, urban wildlife, biosentinel science, ethics, and animal welfare; and an introduction to the principles and techniques of the care and management of wildlife species in captive settings.
FW 4629 - Wildlife Care and Handling Externship
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This externship class is the capstone experience of the wildlife care and handling minor curriculum. The class synthesizes the practical skills and experience you have developed in earlier classes in the minor. The capstone is a guided, supervised, hands-on, on-site experience in a wildlife handling setting, complemented by pre-, during- and post-experience reflection and analysis.
FW 4102 - Principles of Conservation Biology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: introductory biology course
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to themes/concepts of diverse, dynamic, and interdisciplinary field. Biological/social underpinnings of conservation problems/solutions. prereq: introductory biology course
FW 4103 - Principles of Wildlife Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Foundation for understanding discipline of wildlife management. Preparation for upper division wildlife courses. prereq: Intro biology course, [jr or sr]
ANSC 2401 - Animal Nutrition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classification/function of nutrients. Use of nutrients for body maintenance, growth, egg production, gestation, and lactation. Comparative study of digestive systems of farm animal species.
EEB 4329 - Primate Ecology and Social Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Primates as model system to explore animal/human behavior. Factors influencing sociality/group composition. Mating systems. Prevalence of altruistic, cooperative, and aggressive behavior. Strength of social bonds in different species. Evolution of intelligence/culture. prereq: BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2002 or BIOL 3411 or ANTH 1001 or instr consent
FW 4401 - Fish Physiology and Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fish mechanisms/behavior. Links between fish biology, fisheries ecology, management, aquaculture. Homeostasis, neurobiology, bioenergetics, reproduction, movement. prereq: 4136, BIOL 2012, CHEM 1021(may be taken concurrently)
VBS 2100 - Companion Animal Anatomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develop anatomical knowledge through study/dissection. Compare/contrast animal adaptations. Prereq: General Biology (e.g., BIOL 1009) is recommended
VCS 4606 - Small Animal Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This online course provides an overview of small animal management. Species covered include dogs, cats, small mammals, reptiles, and birds. Course content covers public health, community education, general wellness care, and recognizing common diseases in small animals. Student learning is assessed through online quizzes, discussion participation, and group projects.
EEB 3411 - Introduction to Animal Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00390
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biological study of animal behavior. Mechanism development, function, and evolution. Emphasizes evolution of adaptive behavior, social behavior in the natural environment. Lab. prereq: One semester of college biology
EEB 3412W - Introduction to Animal Behavior (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Writing intensive course. Introduction to animal behavior. Feeding behavior, reproductive behavior, perception, learning, animal conflict, social behavior, parental care, communication. Scientific process. Formulate research questions. prereq: Undergrad biology course
FW 3925 - Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Human dimensions of fish and wildlife concerns. Theory and methods from social sciences to address challenges and issues of managing fish and wildlife resources. Integrating social science information into fish and wildlife decision-making. Guest lecturers.
HORT 4601 - Aquaponics: Integrated fish and plant food systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced training/experience at intersection of biology, engineering, economics, policy, culture, environment. Emphasis on experiential learning, i.e., system design/maintenance, community engagement. prereq: Biol 1001 or Biol 1009
VPM 4400 - Diseases in free-ranging and captive wildlife
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will provide a basic understanding of animal health and disease in free-ranging and managed captive wildlife. Topics include: epidemiology of disease, infectious and non-infectious diseases, and potentials impacts of disease on human health, managed agriculture and wildlife for both individuals and populations.
FW 5625 - Wildlife Handling and Immobilization for Research and Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical techniques to maximize human/animal safety and encourage effective operations. Preparation procedures, legal responsibilities, capture drugs/delivery systems, safety measures, ethical issues, basic veterinary procedures for handling wildlife. Field course. Uses live animals. prereq: General biology, [grad student or vet med student or FW sr]
FW 4391 - Independent Study: Wildlife
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual field, library, and lab research in wildlife. prereq: instr consent