Animal Medical & Foster Care Department Internship
This opportunity will expose participants to the medical processes of shelter operations. Participation in this program will allow students to develop transferable, real-world skills in the areas of animal health, surgery, animal handling, animal behavior and team work.
Interns attend an orientation to the Animal Medical Department, including animal handling and departmental safety concerns. Interns are expected to work a regularly scheduled shift that includes, but is not limited to:
- Surgical prep
- Preparing animals for adoption including micro-chipping, vaccinating, drawing blood, nail trims, and ear cleaning
- Preparing animals for foster care
- Interacting with foster parents
- Animal care including cage cleaning and disinfecting
- Animal transport
- Observing surgery (as time permits)
Abilities and Experience
- At least 19 years of age
- Basic animal handling skills
- Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
- Ability to work effectively and independently without supervision as well as working well with others
- Ability to be comfortable around unpleasant situations that can include dealing with blood and animal waste
- Ability to speak, read and write the English language fluently.
- Understanding of customer service skills
- Flexibility and willingness to learn and to try new things
- Interns will be exposed to situations that can be emotionally and physically demanding
Length of Internship
Each internship is an unpaid position, minimum of 10 hours per week, to be scheduled during normal working hours, for 3 months. The exact schedule can be determined between the intern and the Operations Manager.
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