If you're enrolled in a veterinary college or pursuing a vet tech degree, and looking for an intense, hands-on experience with sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, you've come to the right place. As one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, we'll treat more than 13,000 patients this year. From North America's largest waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan, to tiny hummingbirds, squirrels, rabbits, mergansers and robins, you'll have the opportunity to work with more than 180 different species of animals.
All positions require the pre-exposure rabies vaccine and a current titer report that you'll file with us. You'll be hands-on with all our patients and will be involved with keeping the hospital clean and sanitary for our patients.
Every year we welcome more than a dozen students from around the globe into our medical training programs. All positions are unpaid. You must have transportation to/from the center and housing. (we do not supply any of this)
We do offer one paid veterinary internship every year to a licensed DVM. Typically this is a recently graduated veterinarian looking to solidfy their hands-on wildlife medicine experience prior to job searching. This position has been filled for 2019/20. Applications for 2020/21 will open in October and will be listed here.
For specific details on each opportunity, read below. We hope you join us!
Veterinary Internship (1st and 2nd yr students)
Veterinary Student Internship in Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine - May through August
The Veterinary Student Internship in Wildlife Rehabilitation Medicine is intended for veterinary students who have completed their 1st or 2nd year of veterinary school and have a desire to learn more about the field of wildlife rehabilitation medicine.
The goal of this 12-week summer internship is to provide the student with a unique, intense hands-on experience in wildlife medicine, husbandry and rehabilitation techniques. The student will spend time rotating through all care areas of the WRC to obtain the most well-rounded experience possible (animal care crew, seasonal nurseries, etc). Rabies vaccination is required. For more details and instructions on how to apply, please email Dr. Leslie Reed.
Veterinary Externship (4th and 5th yr students)
The Veterinary Externship program is intended only for veterinary students in their final year of veterinary school.
Every year WRC welcomes nearly two dozen veterinary externs, including students from around the world (Brazil, Sweden, China, Portugal, Belgium and Chile just to name a few countries).
Students will spend 40 hrs/week alongside WRC's medical team assisting with intake exams, performing physical exams, administering medications and fluids, restraining patients for procedures, interpreting radiographs and other diagnostics, monitoring anesthesia, assisting with orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and performing physical therapy.
Applicants should email a current CV and one letter of recommendation to Dr. Leslie Reed.
Spots are limited and are filled on a first-come basis. Rabies vaccination and a current titer are required. International students are welcome to apply.
Visiting Veterinarian Program (licensed DVMs only)
The Visiting Veterinarian program is intended for out of state or international graduated veterinarians looking for more hands-on experience in wildlife rehabilitation medicine.
You will be scheduled for approximately 40 hrs/week alongside the medical team assisting with intake exams, performing physical exams, administering medications and fluids, restraining patients for procedures, interpreting radiographs and other diagnostics, monitoring anesthesia, assisting with orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and perform physical therapy. Rabies vaccination and a current titer are required. For more details, please email Dr. Leslie Reed.