Wildlife rehabilitation is still a fairly new profession and cannot or should not be compared to
most other animal work.
Dealing with and treating wild animals is very different to the way sick or injured domestic animals
should be cared for. Colleges and universities are including wildlife modules in their curriculums more
and more frequently and the interest in wildlife rehabilitation and the welfare of wild animals is
growing at an incredible rate.
Over recent years, the number of requests for work placements at Vale have risen dramatically and
we are getting enquiries not only from the UK but from all over Europe and other parts of the world.
Many of these requests are for periods of several weeks but we are unable to offer these valuable learning opportunities because we cannot provide accommodation for these students while they are
It is for this reason that we applied for and were granted planning permission in 2007 for the
Education and Training Centre detailed in the plans (above and below)on this page.
Not only will it provide the accommodation needed for students to attend Vale Wildlife Hospital on
work placements, but it will give us the ideal facilities for us to continue and expand the popular
courses that we are already running on a regular basis in our temporary lecture room.
We are also hoping to be able to offer the centre to other local groups for meetings or talks, and
to arrange for speakers to come in and speak about various wildlife and conservation subjects,
which will also help to fund the running costs of the building.
Unfortunately, the Vale Wildlife Education and Training Centre will have to remain a dream for the foreseeable future as the cost of building it will be in excess of £400,000 which seems an impossible target for us unless we can get some major sponsorship.