Marsupials (Biology and Management) Online Course

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Study Marsupials and understand more about this fascinating classification in this online course.

To understand the diversity, biology, behaviour, and wellbeing of marsupial animals and apply that understanding to better managing individual animals or populations of animals, in the wild or in captivity.

It is ideal for people working with animals, those in a wildlife management position or anyone who is hoping to work with animals.

Why study this Marsupials course?

If you are passionate about the conservation of native wildlife, you will benefit from studying Careerline’s online Marsupials (Biology and Management) course.

Whether you hope to upskill or get a head start on future studies, this course will positively impact your future. You will be able to apply the skills you acquire during your studies to your professional life. This will open new doors and help you advance in your career. If you volunteer in an animal care role, this course will equip you with the skills required to manage the marsupials in your care more effectively.

What will you learn?

In this online Marsupials course, you will study the anatomy, physiology, behaviour, and origins of common marsupial species. You will learn the biological characteristics that determine whether an animal is a marsupial. Students of this course learn how to manage the health of marsupials and prevent common diseases.

In addition, you will study different classes of marsupials, including Diprotodontia, Peramelemorphia, marsupial carnivores, and more. Finally, you will develop an understanding of marsupial conservation, as well as the management and care needs of marsupials.

Who is this online Marsupials course for?

The Marsupials (Biology and Management) course is designed for professionals working with animals in a wildlife management, veterinary, or welfare role and anyone with a passion for wildlife. In addition, volunteer wildlife rehabilitators will be able to utilise the skills taught in this course to become more competent and knowledgeable wildlife carers. This course will provide you with the specialised knowledge you will need to advance in your career, as well as open new professional pathways.

This Marsupials course is also suitable for anyone with a desire to learn more about the biology, behaviour, and management of marsupials. If you hope to undertake further study in animal care, biology, zoology, veterinary science, or another animal related field, this course is an ideal place to start. You will be introduced to concepts taught in university and vocational courses, so you will feel prepared and confident as you continue your studies.

Course Aims
  • Explain the likely origin of marsupials.
  • Explain classification of marsupials.
  • Identify common external anatomical features in marsupials.
  • Explain common and diverging characteristics in the internal biology of marsupials.
  • Discuss and compare behavioural characteristics in a number of different marsupials.
  • Describe health issues that affect marsupials.
  • Identify and describe the biology, behaviour and care of marsupial carnivores.


There are 10 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction to Marsupial Biology

    • Introduction
    • Evolution
    • Taxonomy
    • External Morphology

2. Internal Anatomy, Physiology, and Senses

    • Neural Systems and Intelligence
    • Vision
    • Dentition
    • Digestion
    • Skeleton
    • Reproduction
    • Embryonic Development
    • Lactation and Litter Size
    • Basal Metabolism
    • Longevity and Life Span

3. Behaviour

    • Social Behaviours
    • Territoriality and Home Range
    • Thermoregulation, Torpor, and Hibernation
    • Mating Systems
    • Care of Young
    • Communication
    • Feeding and Diet
    • Den Sites and Nests
    • Predation and Predators

4. Marsupial Health

    • Pathogens and Parasites
    • Viruses
    • Cancer
    • Chlamydia
    • Sarcoptic Mange
    • Coccidiosis
    • Leptospirosis
    • Tubercolosis
    • Nematodes
    • White Muscle Disease
    • Lumpy Jaw
    • Marsupials Disease Vectors
    • Non infectious Health Issues
    • Marsupial Health Care

5. Marsupial Carnivores

    • Dasyuridae
    • Tasmanian devil
    • Quolls
    • Antechinuses
    • Numbats, Myrmecobiidae
    • Thylacine

6. Macropods

    • Kangaroos
    • Wallabies
    • Hare-wallabies
    • Pademelons
    • Quokkas
    • Other Important Genera

7. Diprotodontia Marsupials

    • Koala
    • Wombats
    • Possums and Cuscus
    • Gliders
    • Diet
    • Reproduction

8. Peramelemophs

    • Family Permalide
    • Bandicoots
    • Echypimeras
    • Genus Isoodon
    • Subfamily Peramelinae
    • Genus Perameles
    • Subfamily Echymiperinae
    • Genus Echymipera
    • Genus Microperoryctes
    • Genus Rhynchomeles
    • Family Thylacomyidae
    • Bilbies
    • Family Chaeropodidae
    • The Pig-footed Bandicoot

9. Other Marsupials

    • Family Notoryctidae
    • Family Didelphoidea
    • Water Opossum, Chironectes minimus
    • Order Microbiotheria
    • Monito del monte
    • Family Caenolestidae
    • Caenolestes
    • Lestoros
    • Rhyncholestes

10. Sustainable Management of Marsupials

    • Political Influence
    • Global Heating
    • Habitat Protection and Modification
    • Exotic Species and Their Control
    • Disease Management
    • Monitoring
    • Fire Management
    • Artificial Habitats
    • Conservation Breeding Programs
    • Geographical Isolation – Fences and Islands
    • Genetic impoverishment

Your Tutor

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek B.V.S. M.Sc. (Parasitology)
Karin Haasbroek

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.

During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.