We understand the importance of education outside of schools and universities so we want to make our internships as fulfilling as possible – allowing you to take away as much as you can but also giving you the opportunity to grow and expand in the areas you are interested in.; As a veterinary intern, you will shadow our veterinary staff during the morning duties and any scheduled procedures; you will be able to observe surgeries, necropsies and emergency triage as well as assist when deemed appropriate by the supervising staff.; As you become more confident in our clinic and with the animals we are working with, there will be more opportunities for you to get more involved and hands-on.;
We feel our interns get the most out of this experience when they already have some base knowledge on clinic practices or wildlife rehabilitation, therefore, it is preferred that you have some past experience.; This is also why we send you our recommended reading list for you to learn from before you arrive.
It is important to know that orphan care is a large part of the internship program which includes completing scheduled feedings throughout the day to the numerous juveniles in our care.; In addition to this, we want you to be a part of every step of our rehabilitation and release process, so you can learn about exactly what it takes to get an animal back into the wild. This means we will also ask you to clean enclosures, work in our animal kitchen preparing diets and help maintain the hygiene standards in the clinic. Finally, we cannot predict how many emergencies we will receive in your time here, therefore, it is important to understand that every internship experience is different.
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Minimum of a 1-month commitment
- Has to be studying an animal science or have relevant work experience
- Clinic experience preferred
- Completed a successful Skype interview with our veterinarian
What will you be doing?
Veterinary interns who can dedicate one month will be able to learn skills in the following areas:
- Neonate and juvenile feeding
- Observe necropsies and learn how and why we do them here at the sanctuary
- You may be able to complete an independent necropsy dependent on your knowledge and development
- Observe any surgery that is scheduled for this time period
- Record keeping at AWS
- Loading syringes and administering medications to animals in our care
- Diet preparation and nutritional requirements of our animals
- Assist and observe with animal emergencies (during working hours)
- Collecting browse and leaves for the animals
Any veterinary interns who can dedicate longer than one month will be able to learn the skills outlined above as well as in the following areas:
- Complete independent necropsies dependent on the animals we receive
- Assist and observe in any scheduled surgeries as the veterinarian sees appropriate
- Assist and observe with animal emergencies (during working hours and out-of-hours as you prefer)
- Developing critical care skills such as inserting catheters for an IV, fluid therapy, and bandaging techniques
- Learning suturing techniques and why we do them
- Wild animal medicine and pharmacology
These are just guidelines so please remember that our vet staff is always happy to develop new learning experiences for you.; If there is something in particular that you are interested in then do not hesitate to ask and we will endeavor to incorporate it into your program.; In addition to this, different opportunities may become available depending on the animals that we receive.
If you think you would like to join our team then please fill out an application form.