Internship in Raptor and Avian Medicine

The Raptor Center - University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
1920 Fitch Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
United States
612-624-4745 (V)
612-624-8740 (F)
Website


2 Positions

Program Categories
AVIAN
EXOTIC/WILDLIFE/ZOO

Authorized Administrative Official: Dr. Michelle Willette
Contact Email Address: wille203@umn.edu

Inclusive Dates of Program: 7/8/2019 to 7/13/2020

Employment Information

Salary: 27,000

Benefits: Benefits include 10 days of vacation per year, professional liability insurance, health and dental insurance

Vacation: 10 days

Is a contract required? No

Is a non-compete clause required? No

Is a State license required? Yes   If yes, what is the licensure fee? $0

Is a DEA license required? No

Is USDA accreditation required? No

Caseload

The following information represents the average of cases in direct support of this program

Total No. Annual Cases Average Daily No. Cases Presented to Hospital Average No. Cases Treated Daily as Outpatients Average No. of Inpatients Each Day Average No. Daily Surgeries Performed Average No. of Emergency Cases Seen Daily
1100 2-10 0-2 5-20 0-2 NA

Number of Faculty/Clinicians in Direct Support of Program: 2
Number of Residents in Direct Support of Program: 1

Diplomates in Direct Support of Internship

Full Time Part Time/Consultant Full Time Part Time/Consultant
ABVP ABVT
ACLAM ACPV
ACT ACVAA
ACVB ACVCP
ACVD ACVECC
ACVIM/CARD ACVIM/INTMED
ACVIM/LA ACVIM/NEUR
ACVIM/ONC ACVM
ACVN ACVO
ACVP ACVPM 1
ACVR ACVR/ONC
ACVS ACVSMR
ACZM AVDC

Registered/Licensed/Certified Veterinary Technicians

In Direct Support of Program Assigned to the Emergency Service per shift Assigned to the Intensive Care Unit per shift
2 0 0

Outcomes Assessment

Average number of interns who started this program per year for the past 5 years:  2

Average number of interns who completed this program per year for the past 5 years:  2

Prerequisites other than being a Graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine

None

Requirements for Application

  1. Standard VIRMP Application Packet
    • VIRMP Application
    • Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 3 - 4 Standardized Letters of Reference

Additional information for graduates of universities outside of the United States and Canada

International applicants must have obtained a DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine. 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. A TOEFL score is required for non-native English speakers.

Visa Sponsorship

If you will require visa sponsoring or are unsure about your work status, please review the Information for Foreign Applicants page and contact this program prior to applying. Please be aware that some programs listed in the VIRMP accept applications ONLY from citizens of the United States (or Canada if a Canadian program) or from applicants who possess permanent residency status at the time of application.

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities

  1.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for first-opinion and emergency/critical care cases?
  2.  Yes  No
    Is the intern the primary surgeon on a broad range of elective and entry-level procedures?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for complex cases with supervision by a boarded specialist?
  4.  Yes  No
    Are patient rounds held daily with a boarded specialist in attendance?
  5. 75%
    What is the percentage of time the intern will be directly supervised?

Didactic Training

  1.  Yes  No
    Are teaching rounds held weekly?
  2.  Yes  No
    Does the intern deliver a professional presentation or seminar to senior clinicians and peers?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have an opportunity to attend a professional meeting?
  4.  Yes  No
    Is financial support provided to attend a professional meeting?
  5.  Yes  No
    Is the intern required to complete/submit a publication?

Facilities

  1.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have access to current medical textbooks?
  2.  Yes  No
    Is a computer with internet access provided?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have access to search engines for scientific literature and online journals?
  4.  Yes  No
    Does the primary hospital have an intensive care unit?

Equipment

  1. Do interns have access to the following equipment/technology, either on-site or outsourced?
    •  Arthroscopy
    •  Basic clinical laboratory equipment
    •  Blood Gas Analysis
    •  Blood Pressure Monitoring
    •  Bone Plating Equipment
    •  CT Scan
    •  Diagnostic Laboratory
    •  Digital Radiography
    •  Echocardiography
    •  Electrocardiography
    •  Endoscopy
    •  Laparoscopy
    •  MRI
    •  Nuclear Medicine
    •  Physical Therapy Equipment
    •  Ultrasound

Scheduling

These percentages may not be cumulative

  1. 75%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to daytime primary emergency
  2. 0%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to overnight primary emergency
  3. 25%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to first opinion (primary care) clinics
  4. 0%
    Percentage of program intern is provided elective time
  5. 0%
    Percentage of program intern is required to work at a secondary (satellite) clinic

Orientation/Supervision/Mentoring

  1.  Yes  No
    Is a formal orientation program required?
  2.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have a mentor who is a veterinarian in the practice?
  3.  Yes  No
    Are written performance evaluations provided?
  4.  Yes  No
    Is an internship orientation manual provided?

Additional Information about Program

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.