PAWS Wildlife Center

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The veterinary student extern will work closely with the staff veterinarians, veterinary technician and the animal care staff. This program encompasses all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation from intake to release including: handling and restraint, nutrition, gavage feeding and diet preparation, husbandry, critical care, surgery, anesthesia, lab work, diagnostics and release criteria.
The extern will receive hands-on experience in physical examinations, radiographic technique and interpretation, surgical and anesthesia assisting, diagnosis and treatment of many different species. Externs will be able to perform minor veterinary procedures under the supervision of the staff veterinarians and assist with routine animal care.
We have two wildlife veterinarians on staff (John Huckabee, DVM and Steve Johnson, DVM, MPH, MS) with combined experience with North American wildlife species of about 30 years.
On site library of medical and surgical texts and several journals in print format; online access for journal and reference research; daily patient rounds; option of attending local VMA meetings.
Externs are expected to:
• Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times. Wear your nametag.
• Treat all staff, volunteers, visitors and patients with respect at all times.
• Arrive and be ready to begin by 8:00 a.m. unless other arrangements are made with the vet staff.
• Attend the morning volunteer meeting to be aware of the priorities and issues occurring with animals throughout the facility, and provide help in addressing questions regarding treatment plans and updates for patients.
• Prepare in advance for rounds, and assist the vet tech or rehab manager in updating information for the rounds sheets (patient weights, current meds, etc.). During patient rounds brief questions and answers regarding the specifics of treatment and rehabilitation plans are encouraged, although in depth discussions need to be held at times other than during rounds.
• Maintain patient records daily. All patient records must be completed before leaving for the day.
• Refrain from looking in on any patients without first seeking authorization from the vet on duty – virtually all monitoring will be done by staff, accompanied by externs when possible. The patients on site generally have very obvious visual barriers and their privacy must be respected at all times to minimize the stresses to which they are exposed. “Just peeking” at the animals is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.
• Discuss any changes with the vet on duty before making changes to the med list or to treatment and management plans. Externs are not to initiate or change any treatments without authorization from the vet on duty.
• Minimize or eliminate any talking when in animal housing or treatment areas, both interior and exterior to the wildlife center building – and quietly remind any and all staff (including vets) and volunteers of the need for quiet throughout the facility.
• Stay out of the runs at all times unless accompanied or authorized by the vet staff on a case by case basis. The default is always to stay out.
• Assist in keeping the facilities clean; pick up after yourself and after all veterinary procedures throughout the facility (surgery, treatment, radiology, lab, basement, etc.). Do not leave a mess for someone else to clean up. Everyone here is busy and everyone is expected to keep the place clean, including the volunteer shed and picnic tables following lunch.
• No food or drink is allowed anywhere at the wildlife center, except for the offices and volunteer shed.
• Keep all books and reference materials on site. Photocopies/pdf files can be made for reference or personal use.
• Use your laptop only in the office or volunteer shed/picnic tables, unless prior authorization is given for another area.
Our facility is open year-round including weekends and holidays. Externships are offered only between April 1 and August 31. One or both veterinarians are generally on site 7 days per week with minimum availability from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and frequently working past 7:00 p.m. Students share the same office space with the vets and usually have direct and free access to the vets throughout the workday. Externs are expected to be on site at least 5 days per week for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours per day.
No - students must make their own housing arrangements.
PAWS Wildlife Center
PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046

Physical address:
15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98087
(425) 787-2500 x 814
(425) 742-5711
jhuckabee [at] paws [dot] org
John R Huckabee, DVM
Posted: 10/08/2012