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Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management

Animal and Veterinary Science

Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management

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Whether you work in a zoo or wildlife park or you aspire to do so, CSU's Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management could be just what you're looking for. This course provides an ideal way to upgrade your qualifications and extend your knowledge of the successful management of vertebrate species.

The only university program of its kind in Australia, this course has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure you gain the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge to progress your career.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management provides scientific training and career development opportunities in the fields associated with captive vertebrate management. It develops your knowledge and skills in wildlife ecology and management, and zoo curatorship.

    Practical program

    Learn how to implement best practice in the display and management of captive and wild vertebrates. You'll assess and implement management strategies and technologies enabling you to identify and respond to critical management issues related to the survival, display and breeding enhancement of wild and captive vertebrate populations and the national and international travel requirements of wild animals. Develop specialised skills in the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations, threatened species management, and the design and implementation of wildlife surveys.

    Study flexibility

    The online course consists of two 16 point subjects. You'll study one subject each session, using the latest technology to connect you with your lecturers, learning materials and fellow students.

    Industry relevance

    Initially developed in cooperation with Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, our course was the first tertiary degree in Australia to specialise in captive vertebrate management. Ongoing industry support enables academic staff to keep up-to-date with current issues and deliver high-quality education underpinned by the latest research.

    Learn from the best

    The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a leading provider of education in animal, equine and veterinary sciences. You'll learn in world-class laboratories and clinics at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga.

    Professional recognition

    This course is recognised by the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia and the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping as meeting the advanced training needs of their members.

  • Career opportunities

    Your Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management will give you specialist knowledge in the management of vertebrate wildlife species, particularly Australian species. For those not already working in zoos or wildlife parks, this qualification can lay the foundation for entry into the industry. For those already working in the industry, this course provides professional development and may lead to promotion.

  • Professional recognition

    Recognised by the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (formerly the Australian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria or ARAZPA) and the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping (ASZK) as meeting the advanced trainng needs of their members.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of two 16 point subjects, as follows:

    BIO489 Zoo Curatorship (16 points)
    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1

    BIO489 Zoo Curatorship (16 points)

    Session 2

    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    BIO489 Zoo Curatorship

  • Admission information

    Applicants will be expected to have:

    • had a minimum of five years appropriate industry experience;
    • have completed a TAFE Zookeeping certificate or equivalent;
    • have completed relevant previous tertiary study.

    Applicants should provide a comprehensive CV and letters of reference with their application to demonstrate a minimum of five years' appropriate industry experience.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJSVM
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOSVM

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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