Strategic Vertebrate Pest Management Training

Michael Braysher, Anthony Buckmaster

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Paper

    Abstract

    Training in vertebrate pest management is in a parlous state worldwide. The level of retained corporate knowledge is continually declining as many senior pest managers leave the workforce and take the skills gained through years of experience with them, leaving a vacuum of appropriate skills in vertebrate pest management. There is a serious lack of training in vertebrate pest management at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and even less that is based on current best practice. In 2008, the Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (Vertebrate Pests) was developed in consultation with state government pest agencies to provide field officers with the skills needed to develop and implement strategic pest management plans. The course is based on the principles of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy and uses case studies from successfully operating programs to explain strategic management of pests. The course is offered through flexible on-line delivery supported by workshops, allowing students to study remotely without having to regularly attend a classroom. In 2010, the Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management (Invasive Animals) was developed through the University of Canberra. It provides mid and upper level land managers with the skills to identify pest animal problems and develop and implement effective pest management strategies based on best practice. This course is offered through flexible online delivery and encourages students to incorporate pest animal management problems faced in their workplace into their studies.
    For land managers wishing to extend their qualifications in wildlife or pest management past the graduate certificate stage, the
    University of Canberra is developing graduate diploma and Masters level courses. These higher level qualifications will be designed
    following input from industry and should be able to be tailored to the individual needs of students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-4
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event25th Vertebrate Pest Conference - Monterey, United States
    Duration: 1 Mar 2012 → …

    Conference

    Conference25th Vertebrate Pest Conference
    CountryUnited States
    CityMonterey
    Period1/03/12 → …

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    Braysher, M., & Buckmaster, A. (2013). Strategic Vertebrate Pest Management Training. 1-4. Paper presented at 25th Vertebrate Pest Conference, Monterey, United States.