Wildlife courses

Adult Learning

Secret World Wildlife Rescue is a respected source of expertise and centre of excellence where British wildlife can receive the best care. We are happy to share this knowledge with anyone who wishes to learn more about wildlife and caring for wild animals. We offer a variety of courses for members of the public and wildlife rehabilitators. We also offer professional courses for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release courses

Our Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release courses are suitable for anyone (over the age of 18), of any standard or experience, who has an interest in wildlife. These four courses are currently run virtually (online using Zoom) as half day (4hr) events. It is possible to attend the courses ‘live’ or as a recorded presentation, sent to registered delegates and accessible for a limited time after the course. In order to ensure the best experience for all delegates we ask that everyone attends Course 1 before booking on to courses 2, 3 or 4. Those attending the courses online will also be able to attend a practical session to support their learning once we have completed our new building on site and Covid-19 restrictions allow – we will send out an invite to these and there will be a charge of £60 (or concessionary rates) for the whole day. Those attending all four online courses and the practical day will receive the SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release and a badge. Those attending just the online courses will receive an electronic certificate for each course. As an extra incentive, those attending any of the online courses will also receive a voucher for £10 off the SWWR ‘Introduction to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation’ book due to be published soon (one voucher redeemable per book purchased).


Species-specific courses

We are very excited to be able to launch our new species-specific wildlife rehabilitation courses. These courses are aimed at those who have already completed our Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Courses and/or have some other existing knowledge of rehabilitation of a specific species. Our initial two courses in 2021 will be on hedgehogs and badgers, with the intention to have sessions on birds of prey, garden birds, foxes, swans, deer, and other species in 2022. These courses will initially be run virtually (online using Zoom) as half day (4hr) events, with an option to attend ‘live’ or for registered delegates to view as a time limited recording. Once our building on site and Covid-19 restrictions allow, we may be able to make these ‘in person’ courses. Each course will be presented by SWWR Animal care staff with veterinary input from our Scientific Advisor and vet – please note no specific drug doses or treatments will be included in these courses, as they are not aimed at veterinary professionals. Those attending will receive an electronic certificate, as well as relevant open access scientific papers and other supporting electronic information.


Veterinary courses

Our course for veterinary professionals (qualified veterinary surgeons, registered veterinary nurses and students of those disciplines) is usually run twice a year in October and April. The course is currently delivered online (using Zoom) over two consecutive Sundays. We are also happy to organise CPD for veterinary practices – contact learning@secretworld.org


SWWR Conference

Our annual ‘Caring for Wildlife’ Conference returned for its 3rd year in 2022, with a theme of ‘Changing times in British Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release’. The theme of ‘changing times’ was appropriate as the conference was our first run virtually. We were delighted to share the weekend with over 100 attendees.

Our next conference will be in early 2023, check back here or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.



Explore your passion for wildlife, check out the dates and course details below and book your place today.

“The course was fantastic, very informative and just what we need to help us plan and deliver our badger walk’s in the summer. I would highly recommend Secret World to everyone interested in gaining up to date knowledge and understanding of Badgers. Very good value for money also. Brilliant afternoon all round, Thank you” 

Glastonbury Abbey