APBI 496: Applied Animal Biology Practicum

This practicum is designed for students to gain experience in potential fields of future employment working with animals. Students will apply knowledge from previous coursework in Applied Animal Biology to careers in wildlife rehabilitation, animal shelter management, research and farm animal management.

In addition to the practicum opportunities described below, students are encouraged to seek and develop practicum opportunities at other local animal shelters where supervisory support is available on-site. For example, a previous student created a practicum at WAGS, Whistler, following a volunteer experience with the organization. If a local shelter is willing to take on mentorship of a student, please contact Sara Dubois to discuss the practicum learning objectives.

2020 Winter, APBI 496 Placements

A new one-month 6 credit practicum (Jan or Feb 2020) opportunity working with sanctuary bears and elephants at Wildlife SOS near Agra, India is now accepting applications. The application is attached here.

Deadline June 30, 2019 – but applications will be assessed as they come in.


2019 Summer, APBI 496 Placements

Vancouver Aquarium - Marine Mammal Rescue

Applications are now open for practicums in summer and fall 2019 with the Vancouver Aquarium’s

Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.  To learn more, and to apply, go to Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Practicum

The deadline for applications for summer 2019 is March 1.

The deadline for applications for Fall 2019 is June 20.


6 credit APBI 496 practicums are available for summer 2019 at the BC SPCA’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) located on the outskirts of Victoria, BC.   APBI students should apply for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Option. See poster and rehabilitation practicum description. To apply go to .

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019

BC SPCA Vancouver Community Outreach & Shelter Management

Multiple 6 credit practicum opportunities throughout the May-Aug term in Vancouver working with pets and their loving owners in the community or in the Vancouver Shelter.

See practicum descriptions Shelter Management and Charlie's Food Bank,and application form. Email the application, resume and cover letter to

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019

Wildlife Rescue Association

3 and 6 credit practicum opportunities available throughout the year (including Summer 2019 May – August), working at the Wildlife Rescue Association in Burnaby in wildlife rehabilitation.

See application details: Wildlife Rescue Practicum 2019

District of North Vancouver - Environmental Services

The district of North Vancouver has a part-time, 6 credit practicum placement, May – August, for a senior applied animal biology undergraduate. The student will help research a complex issue regarding the use of rodenticides and the impacts that these products are having on local raptor populations. For details on the practicum including qualifications for prospective applicants, and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applications is March 28, 2019

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