As a world leader in higher education, Massey University provides a research-led approach to learning. Delivered by highly-experienced educators, Wildbase offers training in all aspects of oiled wildlife response and can create custom courses tailored to your organisation's needs.

Wildbase oiled wildlife response programs include postgraduate, undergraduate/summer scholarship, veterinary teaching, wildlife rehabilitation community, university seminars and specialised oiled wildlife training. Our people are experienced researchers, wildlife oil response practitioners, and trainers. As part of Massey University, Wildbase staff have access to the University's world-class teaching processes and tools. 

Wildbase’s vision is to promote research-led education in oiled wildlife response, reinforcing their reputation as a global leader in this profession. Wilbase is currently the sole member organisation from the Asia-Pacific region within the Global Oiled Wildlife Response system, a group established to develop and improve Oiled Wildlife Response capabilities and techniques throughout the world.   

Oiled Wildlife Response Training Courses

Oiled Wildlife Response - Management

This course will provide you with a broad overview of the key management considerations to plan for and how to implement an industry-led, oil spill wildlife response.

If you are likely to be undertaking the planning and management roles in the event of an oil spill, this course will be of use to you.   


At the end of this course, you should be able to:

    1. Understand the (legal) requirements for response to oiled wildlife, including the roles and responsibilities of the key government agencies
    2. Understand the key processes in oiled wildlife response
    3. Understand the relationship between the oiled wildlife response and the other functional areas of the incident management team
    4. Understand the basic features required to set up and function an oiled wildlife facility
    5. Understand the key ‘inputs’ required to commence and maintain the oiled wildlife response
    6. Understand an overview of species-specific response techniques, including avian, mammalian and reptilian
    7. Be aware of health and safety considerations during an oiled wildlife response, including protection from disease and injury.

Mallard being washed

Oiled Wildlife Response - Rehabilitation

This course will provide participants with a broad understanding of handling and rehabilitation techniques used in oiled wildlife response, to enable them to work in a supervised capacity in an oiled wildlife response situation.

This course will be useful to you if you will be part of a team undertaking the remediation of oiled wildlife during an oil spill. 


At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the effects of oil on wildlife
  2. Broadly understand the overall process of responding to oiled animals
  3. Thoroughly understand the treatment and rehabilitation process of oiled animals, from transport to intake to release
  4. Understand the functionality of an oiled wildlife facility
  5. Understand aspects of husbandry and nutrition of oiled animals;
  6. Demonstrate and/or discuss species-specific handling techniques for animals which may be affected during an oil spill
  7. Identify the correct equipment for safe handling
  8. Be aware of health and safety considerations when handling oiled wildlife, including protection from disease and injury.

Part of this course will be practical experience of techniques and procedures for the correct handling of wildlife during an oil spill response. There will also be a practical exercise on washing oiled wildlife. This includes the use of the containerised wash facility and associated equipment.


Online training

Massey University and University of California at Davis have jointly developed a Oiled Wildlife Response Training (OWRT) program. It is a comprehensive training programme aimed at producing high quality oiled wildlife responders.

Previous courses

Some examples of previous training include

Register or contact us

If you would like to register for a course, or have needs for training related to oil response that are not covered by our current courses please get in touch with us.

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