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About the Captive Vertebrate Management Program
Three articulated, distance education courses in Captive Vertebrate Management (GradCertCaptVertMgt, GradDipCaptVertMgt and MasterCaptVertMgt) have been developed by Charles Sturt University in co-operation with Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo. Other people involved in the courses include professionals from the University of Queensland, Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Sea World as well as academics from Charles Sturt University. The ongoing support of the industry for the courses enables us to remain abreast of current issues and provide education of exceptional quality that is relevant to industry personnel. These courses are intended to provide a means for people working in zoos or wildlife parks to extend their knowledge of the successful management of vertebrate species and upgrade their qualifications. The course is also open to interested persons outside these industries (see admission criteria below). The Graduate Certificate was the first tertiary course in Australia to specialise in captive vertebrate management and is recognised by the Australian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) and Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK) as meeting the advanced training needs of their members.

Captive Vertebrate Management Courses
The courses are structured to be flexible. This allows people with busy lifestyles and heavy work commitments to complete either 1 or 2 subjects of study each semester in each year. That is a total of 2 or 4 subjects per year (completion in either 1 or 2 years). Graduation from the Graduate Certificate allows students to continue to the Graduate Diploma and finally the Masters Degree if so desired.

Admission Criteria
Applicants for the GradCertCaptVertMgt will be expected to have had a minimum of five years appropriate industry experience; or completed a TAFE zookeeping certificate or equivalent; or completed relevant previous tertiary study. Applicants for the GradDipCaptVertMgt must have completed the Graduate Certificate and at a Credit grade average or better. Applicants for the MCaptVertMgt must have completed the Graduate Diploma.

Course Structure
Session (semester) 1 (Graduate Certificate)
BIO440 Reproduction Biology
BIO443 Captive Animal Management

Session 2 (Graduate Certificate)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (double subject)

Session 3 (Graduate Diploma)
BIO442 Captive Population Management
BIO445 Captive Animal Behaviour

Session 4 (Graduate Diploma)
BIO447 Captive Animal Health
BIO448 Master Planning and Exhibit Design

Session 5 (Master)
SCI501 Special Topics 1
STA201 Scientific Statistics or BIO437 Captive Avian Management

Session 6 (Master)
BIO446 Captive Reptilian Management
SCI502 Special Topics 2

Residential Schools.
Students are required to attend compulsory residential schools of up to 6 days at Western Plains Zoo or Albury campus in sessions 1, 2 and 3.

Course coordinator
Dr Joanne Connolly
School of Agricultural and Veterinary Science,
Charles Sturt University,
Locked Bag 588,
Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2678,
Tel: +61 2 6933 2218
Fax: +61 2 6933 2812
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
EventWildlife Disease Association International Conference - Cairne, Australia
Duration: 20 Jun 200525 Jun 2005


ConferenceWildlife Disease Association International Conference


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