Bat Care Internships & Workshops
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
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
Rabies pre-exposure vaccination requirements for rehabilitators
Intake and handling procedures of crevice and tree bats
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)
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.