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.
Students participate in daily hospital and rehabilitation center activities with a focus on care of orphans and general husbandry. Daily activities include observation, handling, restraint, and physical examination of various wildlife species, nutritional management for wildlife patients, feeding and care of orphaned babies, maintenance and cleanliness of outdoor enclosures and hospital cages with emphasis on stress reduction, disease control and enrichment. They also participate in ongoing clinical research and give Education Center presentations to the public. They participate in weekly didactic and case rounds. Dependent on case load, they may observe physical exams and concurrent diagnostics, and observe wildlife anesthesia and surgery. They may participate with the rescue and release of various species as available. Undergraduate externships and Fellowships (6-month) is more rehab based and students can expect to be scheduled in our baby rooms more often than our ICU floor compared to our Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technician Externship programs.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age. 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 (if living on-site). All externships are unpaid positions and our Fellowships have a bi-weekly stipend of $150. All accepted applicants must provide proof of current tetanus immunizations and proof of pre-exposure rabies series.
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, please email email@example.com or call CROW at (239) 472-3644, ext. 234.