Training Courses

Kanyana runs many training courses for both the public and our volunteers.

Upcoming training courses for Kanyana volunteers are published on the hospital’s notice board.

Courses available to the public will be advertised via Facebook.


Fauna First Aid Courses

Learn how to catch and restrain wildlife, make an assessment, administer first aid, how to package for transport to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. This course is ideal for mine site employees and those working in remote areas. The course is limited to small groups of 5-12 participants only, and costs $350pp. If you have a minimum of five people, we can arrange a date suitable for you. Contact us to book.

Bobtail Nursing

Learn all about handling and caring for sick Shingleback skinks (bobtails). These courses are held twice a year and are advertised on our website and calendar.   In 2019 the course dates will be Saturday 20th April and Sunday 22nd September from 10.00-12.30.   If you are a Kanyana volunteer please complete the in-house Training Application form.  If you are not a Kanyana volunteer please email your request to book to

Baby Bird Workshop

Learn how to identify different species of baby birds, and what to do if you find one. These courses are held annually and are advertised on our website and calendar.  In  2019 the public course will be held on Saturday 24th August, in our air-conditioned training hall, from 1300-1600 hours.  Kanyana volunteers are invited to complete the in-house Training Application form for the morning session, Baby Bird Care, from 0900-1200 hours.  The morning session references the care of baby birds at Kanyana.



Bird Handling 

Training on shift on how to correctly and safely handle birds while minimizing stress on both the bird and handler.   Apply to the Hospital Manager for the course work and assessment form for this course.  

Basic Tube Feeding:  click on the link> 2019 Basic Tube Feeding 27 Apr

Learn the manual skill of holding  a bird correctly while inserting a tube to feed it. T his is essential in wildlife care for birds that will not or cannot feed themselves. Prerequisite: Bird Handling.  In 2019 courses will be held on Saturday 27th April, Sunday 18th August, and Sunday 13th October.  All courses run from 0900-1200.  These courses are open to members of other wildlife centres, but prior arrangements need to be made.

Advanced Tube Feeding:  click on the link> 2019 Advanced Tube Feeding 17 Mar

Learn how to feed difficult parrots, the importance of checking crops, weaning techniques and more. Prerequisite: Basic Tube Feeding.  In 2019 the course dates will be Sunday 17th March, Sunday 21st July and Saturday 23rd November. All courses run from 0900-1100.

Treatment Assistant:

Learn how to work from the treatment board and administer oral medications. Prerequisite: Bird Handling, Advanced Tube Feeding  Conditions apply.  The next course in 2019 will be held on Saturday 10th August from 0900-14.00 hours

Treatment Person

Learn how to give injections and assess new wildlife patients. Prerequisite: Treatment Assistant  Dates to be confirmed

Parasites and Diseases

Valuable information on the parasites and diseases most often identified by our Microscopy Team and the importance of hygiene standards and isolation in our workplace.  This course runs  on Sunday 4th August 2019 from 9.00-12.00 and is open to all.  No pre-requisites apply.