Closed: Veterinary Externship

TRC Vet Extern, Twila Booke, with Mendel, the hybrid owl.

TRC Vet Extern, Twila Booke, with Mendel, the hybrid owl.

Available: Year-round (1 month or 3 month positions)

Applications: Open until filled

SCHEDULE: 30-35 Hours per Week


The Veterinary Externship is an opportunity to learn about raptor rehabilitation through direct, hands-on work in our raptor rehab clinic. This position is available for both pre-vet students and students in vet school. The season will the dictate the focus of the work. During the busy season (May - September), the majority of time will be spent working directly with the birds in the clinic. During the slower period (October - April), there will be elements of raptor care but there will also be a focus on protocol development, research, writing case studies, and data collection. TRC does not have a veterinarian on staff but works closing with local veterinarians. We have a suite of impressive diagnostics tools and medical equipment including digital x-ray, oxygen chamber, blood chemistry analyzer, cold laser therapy, and more. Externs will become proficient in the use of all these pieces of equipment as well as the diagnosis and treatment for common illnesses and injuries.


  • Must 18 years old or older
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work alone
  • In vet school or on the pre-vet track

The primary duties will include:

  • Daily raptor care
  • Parasitology
    • Microscopic fecal examination (fecal floats, wet mounts, and direct smears)
    • Blood smears
  • Blood Work
  • Biological sample collection
  • Necropsies
  • Banding and morphometric data collection and entry
  • Rehab database management
  • Radiograph database management
  • Medical supply inventory
  • Protocols and procedures development
  • Other tests and duties as assigned


Please send a cover letter outlining your interest, your prior applicable experience and your availability as a single PDF document to Rehabilitation Coordinator, Meghan Warren via e-mail with the subject line: "2017 Externship Application." Please label your application document as follows: "First Name_Last Name_Externship.pdf" (Ex. Meghan_Warren_Externship_Application.pdf)

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