The Wild Animal Sanctuary Helps Launch Master's Degree Program

Jun 13, 2012, 13:30 ET from The Wild Animal Sanctuary

KEENESBURG, Colo., June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The oldest and largest non-profit Sanctuary in the United States has collaborated with various Zoos, Aquariums and other animal shelters around the U.S. to develop a two-year Professional Science Master's Program at one of the country's leading Veterinarian Schools.


The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) has been working with Colorado State University (CSU) and the other animal organizations for several months to help develop the comprehensive program. The CSU program is designed for students to get a multi-disciplinary education in both animal care and business management. Not only will the program include rigorous courses in five different colleges at the University, but will also provide students with critical hands-on experience in those fields. The combination of education and experience will allow the students to become highly qualified workers with a greater potential for being hired after graduation. The Wild Animal Sanctuary knows there is a definite need for this type of program as it is very difficult to find qualified professionals in the organization's unique field of work - as it currently cares for over 290 rescued Large Carnivores and is a privately funded non-profit.

The Sanctuary's Founder and Executive Director, Pat Craig, serves on the advisory board and will also lecture for some of the courses. Craig's 32 years of experience in captive large carnivore behavior and sanctuary development has led him to being an expert in the field which makes him a key component to the program. Opportunities will also be available for students to do intensive internships at the organization so they can be involved in all aspects of the daily operations. "We are extremely excited and honored to be working closely with CSU on this program. It is not only imperative to have a passion for animals, but to also have the proper education and experience. The Sanctuary will benefit tremendously as it is critical for every non-profit to have employees that are cross-trained in all aspects of the field, said Craig about the benefits of the CSU Master's Degree.

The new program has already begun enrolling students for the fall semester and the last day to apply for the semester is August 2nd, 2012. For more information on the program, go to

About The Wild Animal Sanctuary:
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center, Inc., DBA The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations. The Sanctuary is located 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado near the town of Keenesburg. The non-profit organization currently cares for more than 290 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores and provides lifelong care for its rescued animals.  The Sanctuary is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in existence, having been in operation since 1980.  The facility is distinctive among others in that it provides large acreage natural habitats for its rescued animals to live in and roam freely. The Sanctuary is open daily to the public for educational purposes and features a "Mile Into The Wild" Walkway that visitors utilize to see the animals in natural habitats.

SOURCE The Wild Animal Sanctuary