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.
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
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.
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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.
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
15305 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98087