The Class of 2018

In addition to the thousands of animals that pass through the Wildlife Center’s doors each year, the Wildlife Center also welcomes dozens of externship students. These students come from all over the world to complete a twelve-week volunteer externship at the Center, focusing in one of two areas: wildlife rehabilitation or education outreach.

The Wildlife Center gains many sets of hands — energetic, enthusiastic students who assist with the endless daily work of a busy wildlife teaching hospital. The externs gain in-depth, hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and outreach — and a chance to “test run” a career in the field.

A large amount of the rehabilitation students’ time is spent hand-feeding a wide variety of orphaned animals and monitoring their progress. Other duties include learning about animal husbandry, nutrition, capture and restraint methods for various species, wildlife laws, and release criteria.

The outreach externs spend their time learning how to present programs, assisting with written patient and education animal updates, and focusing on some of the outreach technology the Center uses.

By the time 2018 is over, more than two dozen externship students will have passed through the Center’s doors. Check back throughout the year to learn more about these important members of the team!

Name: Dan
Area: Rehabilitation 
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: University of Illinois
Degree in:  Integrative Biology 
Read Dan's blog post: The Human Element of Wildlife Care

Name: Ally 
Area: Rehabilitation 
Hometown: Manhasset, NY 
College: University of Virginia
Degree in:  Biology 
Read Ally's blog post: My Wildlife Rehabilitation Externship Reflection 

Name: Elizabeth
Area: Rehabilitation 
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA 
College: University of Mary Washington
Degree in:  Biology and Environmental Sustainability 

Name: Liz
Area: Rehabilitation 
Hometown: Scotia, NY 
College: State University of NY, Delhi
Degree in:  Veterinary Science Technology 
Read Liz's blog post: A Hands-on Rehabilitation Experience

Name: Katie
Area: Outreach
Hometown: Elkton, VA
College: James Madison University
Degree in:  Biology and Dance
Read Katie's blog post: My New Classroom, My Favorite Place