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Internship Available at The Raptor Center
The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 

Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

Primary Contact
Dr. Michelle Willette

Primary Contact Email, Phone

Number of Positions Available

Matching Program?

On what date will this position next be available?

Application Deadline
December 4, 2017

Application should include
VIRMP application, veterinary school official transcript, curriculum vitae, personal statement/letter of intent, three references

Experience Required
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 flexible

Program Description
The Raptor Center is pleased to offer two, one-year clinical internship positions in raptor and avian medicine and surgery. 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 main duties and responsibilities of the interns revolve around the care of the wild raptors that present to The Raptor Center for rehabilitation. 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 consult with veterinarians and rehabilitators from across the nation regarding the medical care of captive and wild raptors. The interns will also gain clinical teaching experience, and give an occasional lecture to veterinary students. The interns are expected to share on call duty to provide care to injured raptors in the evening after normal business hours. The interns and the resident share the responsibility of working in the clinic on holidays. In addition to clinical training, there are multiple 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 start and end dates of the program are somewhat flexible. The start dates will be staggered, with one intern starting at the end of May or early June 2018, and the second intern starting around early August 2018. Minimal qualifications for the internship in raptor and avian medicine and surgery include a DVM or VMD from an AVMA accredited college of veterinary medicine or a comparable foreign institution. All applicants must successfully pass NAVLE and be able to obtain a Minnesota veterinary license prior to starting the program. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Applications may be submitted via the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program - Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to: Dr. Michelle Willette, staff veterinarian Dr. Dana Franzen-Klein, veterinary

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