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The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
Dr. Michelle Willette
Primary Contact Email, Phone
Number of Positions Available
On what date will this position next be available?
December 3, 2018
Application should include
Standard application packet completed via the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP), which includes an application, veterinary school official transcript, curriculum vitae, personal statement/letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation
DVM or VMD from an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine or a comparable foreign institution.
Accept International Applicants
The annual salary is $27,000. Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, 10 days of vacation per year, and professional liability insurance.
Length of Commitment/Start Date
One year program, start date is 7/8/2019, start date is somewhat flexible
The Raptor Center is pleased to offer two, one-year clinical internship positions in raptor and avian medicine and surgery. Established in 1974, The Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. In addition to treating more than 1,000 birds a year, we provide training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, reach more than 150,000 people each year through public education programs and events, and identify emerging issues related to raptor health and populations. The objectives of this program are to provide the interns with hands on clinical training in raptor rehabilitation, as well as general avian medicine and surgery. The interns will receive training on a broad variety of clinical skills in avian medicine, including but not limited to hematology, parasitology, radiology, anesthesia, analgesia, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, wound and fracture management, necropsy, safe handling techniques for raptors, management of wild raptors in a rehabilitation setting, flight conditioning, and determining if a raptor is suitable for release or placement in an education program. The primary duties and responsibilities of the interns revolve around the care of the wild raptors that present to The Raptor Center for rehabilitation. The interns will provide primary patient care for a variety of hawks, owls, falcons, eagles and vultures that are native to the upper Midwest. The interns are given primary responsibility for the medical and surgical management of their cases with the supervision and aid of the staff veterinarians and resident. The interns also assist with the medical care of education raptors from local nature centers that present to The Raptor Center for preventative care and treatment of illnesses or injuries. The interns consult with veterinarians and rehabilitators from across the nation regarding the medical care of captive and wild raptors. The interns will also gain teaching experience by providing clinical training to fourth year veterinary students and international veterinarians that complete externships at The Raptor Center, helping with training workshops that are held at The Raptor Center, and giving an occasional lecture to students at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The interns are expected to share on call duty to provide care to injured raptors after hours. During the busy season, the intern on call will admit patients until 7:00 p.m., and answer phone calls until 9:00 p.m. During the less busy season, the intern on call will admit patients until 5:00 p.m. and answer phone calls until 7:00 p.m. The interns and the resident share the responsibility of working in the clinic on holidays. In addition to clinical training, there are also opportunities for academic learning. The clinical staff attends morning patient rounds Monday-Friday to discuss new admissions and ask questions about existing cases. There are opportunities to attend lectures or join academic learning groups within the University of Minnesota. During the less busy season, the interns help organize weekly teaching rounds with the resident and staff veterinarians. The interns may have the opportunity to become involved with multiple ongoing research projects. Although not required, the intern is encouraged to pursue a case report or retrospective study for publication in the peer reviewed scientific literature. The annual salary is $27,000; state and federal income taxes are withheld. Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, 10 days of vacation per year, and professional liability insurance through the University of Minnesota. The program starts July 8, 2019 and ends July 13, 2020; the start and end dates of the program are somewhat flexible. Minimal qualifications for the internship include a DVM or VMD from an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine or a comparable foreign institution. Successful applicants who have graduated from a non-AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine must complete ECFVG training and exam. All successful applicants must pass NAVLE and be able to obtain a Minnesota veterinary license prior to starting the program. Successful applicants must provide proof of identity and right to work in the United States at the point of hire (i.e. by the start date) and throughout the internship. Proof is established through the provision of applicable, original and unexpired documents. The Raptor Center will not provide financial support for acquisition of appropriate documentation of proof to work or renewal of such documentation in the United States, and this documentation must be in place at the time of the internship start date. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Applicants can apply via the veterinary internship and residency matching program (VIRMP) - www.virmp.org
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