Wildlife Veterinary Internship Pilot Underway – Funding Hunted for Future Rounds
Veterinarian intern, Dr. Casey Martinez, working in surgical procedure on the San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Heart.
In June, Chook Rescue welcomed Dr. Casey Martinez, current graduate from the Faculty of Veterinary Medication on the College of California-Davis, as the primary participant in our skilled wildlife veterinary internship program. Conventional veterinary applications supply little or no steerage and coaching on working with wildlife and Chook Rescue goals to fill this hole. This progressive program is designed to supply superior veterinary publicity to aquatic, wild chicken care for brand new veterinary graduates as they embark on their veterinary careers.
Inside weeks of graduating along with her veterinary diploma, Dr. Martinez began work at our Northern California Wildlife Heart. She has settled right into a productive and fascinating routine working with our Director of Analysis and Veterinary Science, Dr. Rebecca Duerr, our clinic employees, and our pandemic-limited cadre of skilled volunteers. The veterinary internship focuses on medication and surgical procedure, bodily examination to be taught what’s regular and irregular for every species and their typical shows, the distinctive husbandry wants of every species, necropsy with investigation into causes of demise whereas studying species variation in anatomy, and exploring the scientific literature on the species usually cared for at Chook Rescue.
Along with this spectrum of coaching, Dr. Martinez can even be managing information assortment for a analysis venture evaluating whether or not the usage of sedatives in birds when they’re washed is of profit to their survival by care, a examine we’re conducting at each California facilities in collaboration with Tri-State Chook Rescue and Analysis, our counterpart on the East Coast.
We’re thrilled to have Dr. Casey Martinez on our group for this yearlong program and to have the ability to share along with her the wealth of highly-specialized aquatic chicken rehabilitation information that Chook Rescue has gained by its practically 50-year historical past. Aquatic wild chicken care is a constantly evolving area, so this distinctive in-depth expertise will profit Dr. Martinez, Chook Rescue, in addition to the broader wildlife rehabilitation group the place Dr. Martinez hopes to observe for her profession.
Our hope is that Chook Rescue’s year-long skilled veterinary internship alternative could be provided to extra vet college graduates in coming years. We’re actively in search of further funding to rework this pilot initiative into an ongoing program. Ideally, we’d like to host two skilled veterinary internships every year, concurrently, at every of our California facilities. In case you could be curious about sponsoring this program, please contact Director of Philanthropy, Cindy Margulis, at email@example.com.
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