CROW's 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, staff veterinarian, veterinary interns, Certified Veterinary Technicians, wildlife rehabilitators, hospital staff, and volunteers. Emphasis is placed on the student gaining an understanding of the entire rehabilitation process from admittance through release, evidence-based wildlife and conservation medicine, as well as the One World, One Health concept.
Veterinary Medicine students 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), 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. They also help with feeding, cleaning, environmental enrichment, and patient welfare. After an initial training period, veterinary students will have the opportunity to assume primary case responsibility.
The externship for Veterinary Medicine program lasts 4 to 12 weeks or a minimum of 20 work days. Applications are considered as they are received. On-site housing is available.
Visit our website at www.crowclinic.org and download and return completed application packet 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, email email@example.com or call CROW at (239) 472-3644, ext. 234.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age and currently be enrolled in a post-graduate veterinary program. All accepted applicants must agree to and sign rules and regulations in regard to 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 (if living on-site). This is an unpaid position. All accepted applicants must provide proof of current tetanus immunizations and proof of pre-exposure rabies series.
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 5,000 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.