Animal Medical 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 teamwork.
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Animal Medical Director
Hours and Schedule
Each internship is an unpaid position working a minimum of 10 hours per week to be scheduled during normal business hours for three months. This exact schedule canb e determined between the intern and the department managers. Individual experiences may be custom arranged based upon program requirements.
Learning Goals and Objectives
- Learn proper sanitation and cleaning techniques used in environments housing animals.
- Develop interpersonal skills while working with a variety of staff and volunteers.
- Understand surgical procedures from intake to release.
- Learn to fulfill basic care needs for a variety of animals, such as feeding and socialization.
- Develop the ability to identify animal health needs and provide medical support including, but not limited to, administering medication, running lab tests, and treatment of injuries.
Interns attend an orientation, including animal handling training and departmental safety concerns. Interns are expected to work a regularly scheduled shift that includes, but not limited to:
- Observe and assist with surgical processes.
- Prepare animals for adoption including micro-chipping, vaccinating, blood drawing, and more.
- Assisting with medical rounds and animal transport
- Assist with running various tests in a laboratory setting.
- Animal care including cage cleaning and disinfecting.
- Provide medical support for neonatal kittens including weighing, syringe feeding, and fluid administration.
Abilities and Requirements
- At least 19 years of age
- Basic animal handling skills
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, especially when being given direction.
- Ability to work effectively and independently without supervision as well as working well with others.
- Flexibility and willingness to learn and to try new things.
- Ability to be comfortable around unpleasant situations that can include dealing with blood and animal waste.
- Ability to be comfortable being exposed emotionally and physically demanding situations.
What we need from you
- A cover letter explaining credentials and career goals
- At least two references
- Your school's requirement for independent study (if applicable)
- Completed application
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