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Bat Care Internships & Workshops

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  • Cynthia Myers
    Bat World Sanctuary in Texas is now accepting applications for two week internships from individuals interested in learning captive bat management and
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2010

      Bat World Sanctuary in Texas is now accepting applications for two week internships from individuals interested in learning captive bat management and rehabilitation, with special emphasis on orphan care. See the information below, or visit the Bat World rehab training page to learn more: http://www.batworld.org/rehab_training/rehab_training.html


      Cindy Myers

      Fallbrook CA










      Continuing Education Internships for Animal Care Professionals


      Bat World Sanctuary is proud to announce we are the recipient of a grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.


      This grant allows us to offer 12 training scholarships to individuals interested in captive management and/or medical maintenance of insectivorous bats, whose populations are in decline due to White Nose Syndrome.


      Training will take place from June 6th through September 1 of 2010. There are 12 internship positions available. Internships will cover two weeks of hands-on training at Bat World Sanctuary's headquarters in Mineral Wells, Texas . Room and breakfast is included. Training will cover housing, husbandry, orphan care, nutrition, and medical care of native insectivorous bats. Preference will be given to applicants that are working with active or proposed captive assurance colonies established to combat the spread of White Nose Syndrome, although all qualified individuals will be considered.




      E-mail your application, reference letters, application and proof of vaccination to sanctuary@... or send by regular mail to:
      Bat World Sanctuary
      217 N. Oak Ave.
      Mineral Wells , TX , 76067



      1st Student Schedules

      June 6-June 20

      June 20-July 4

      July 4-July 18

      July 18-Aug 1 

      Aug 1-Aug 15

      Aug 15-Aug 29



      2nd Student Schedules

      June 9-June 23

      June 23-July 7

      July 7-July 21

      July 21-Aug 4

      Aug 4-Aug 18

      Aug 18-Sept 1




      One-day Workshops - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX


      Dates: September 25, 2010,  November 13, 2010, January 15, 2011 and March 19, 2011


      Class size is limited to 12 participants per session, and the tuition is $125 per person. Classes will start at 9 AM and go until 5:00 PM. Locations to be determined, but will be confirmed with registrations. All students must be 18 years of age or older. Rabies pre-exposure vaccinations are not required for this workshop. This workshop will include both lecture and lab. Live education bats will be used for lecture, species identification and demonstration of proper holding techniques.



      Lecture topics include:


      Introduction to bats

      Public protocol

      Rabies pre-exposure vaccination requirements for rehabilitators

      Intake and handling procedures of crevice and tree bats

      Species identification

      Appropriate food determination

      Feeding techniques for infant and adult bats

      Caging requirements and environmental enrichment



      Lab topics include:


      Injection techniques (using dead specimens)

      Stabilization of open and closed wing fractures (using dead specimens)


      Read testimonials


      Participants will receive a Bat Talk DVD and the manual "Diagnostic and Treatment Update for the Rehabilitation of Insectivorous Bats". Click here http://www.batworld.org/rehab_training/rehab_training.html to both register and make a payment. Registration for each session closes 7 days prior to the session date. Once a session has filled, registration for the next session will open. Tuition must be paid at the time of registration and is non-refundable, but may be transferred to a later session.



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