CROW is a nonprofit wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center providing care for native and migratory wildlife on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida. CROW’s fully equipped wildlife hospital admits over 6,000 patients per year including more than 200 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to return sick, injured or orphaned wild animals back to the wild. The Student Program is designed to augment the educational pursuits of natural science, veterinary, and veterinary technician students. Students are supervised and assisted by a full-time, boarded specialist veterinarian, veterinary interns, Certified Veterinary Technicians, wildlife rehabilitators, and other staff and volunteers. Emphasis is placed on the student gaining an understanding of the entire rehabilitation process from admittance to release, evidence-based wildlife and conservation medicine, as well as the One World, One Health concept.
Fellowship Students (26 weeks)
Externship for Undergraduate Students (6 to 16 weeks)
Externship for Veterinary Technician Students (6 to 24 weeks)
Externship for Veterinary Medicine Students (4 to 12 weeks, minimum of 20 working days)
Veterinary medicine and veterinary technician students have the opportunity to participate in daily hospital and rehabilitation center activities with a focus on providing medical treatments and care to patients in critical care. Daily activities include giving all the medical treatments to patients, caring for neonatal wildlife (including assisted alimentation), observing surgery, administering anesthesia, learning to do venipuncture in a variety of species, giving parenteral and oral medications and fluids, admitting emergent wildlife patients, and performing physical exams, reading radiographs and cytology slides, learning routine husbandry, rescuing, and releasing wildlife as available. They participate in ongoing clinical research and give Education Center presentations to the public. They participate in weekly didactic and case rounds. After an initial training period, veterinary students may have the opportunity to assume primary case responsibility under the veterinarian’s supervision and guidance. They also help with feeding, cleaning, environmental enrichment, and patient welfare.
Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technician students will also be scheduled in our baby rooms as needed during the week.
Fellowships and Undergraduate Externships are more rehab based and students can expect to be scheduled in our baby rooms more often than our ICU floor.
Visit our website at www.crowclinic.org and download and return completed application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957. For questions not answered on the website or in the application packet, please email email@example.com
Applicants must be over 18 years of age. A minimum of 1 year animal care experience is REQUIRED. Applicants applying for the veterinary technician and veterinary medicine programs must be currently enrolled and attending an accredited veterinary technology or veterinary medical school. All accepted applicants must agree to and sign rules and regulation forms regarding commitment, housing, dress code, code of conduct, photo policies, etc. along with liability waivers. Current fees include a $125 program fee and $75 per week housing fee (fellows do not pay the housing fee). All accepted applicants must provide proof of current tetanus immunizations and proof of pre-exposure rabies series.
Additional Salary Information: All externships are unpaid positions. Fellowship students are paid $150 bi-monthly (twice a month).
About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), is a non-profit wildlife teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving Florida native and migratory wildlife on the Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education, evidence-based wildlife conservation medicine, and working under the One World One Health concept. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to return sick, injured or orphaned wild animals back to the wild. CROW’s fully equipped wildlife hospital admits approximately 6,000 patients per year including more than 200 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles. CROW operates on a 12.5-acre campus on Sanibel Island, Florida with the organization's hospital and visitor education center located adjacent to the waterways and mangroves of the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
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