Rhiannon Ferriday

Hello, my name is Rhiannon and I am from California. As an aspiring veterinarian, I applied for the veterinary and orphan care internship position at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary with the intent of learning as much as I can about Costa Rican wildlife and conservation medicine. In my first few weeks as an intern, I have already learned and experienced so much more than I could have ever asked for. Dr. Sandy Quirós Beita and the on-site veterinary assistant, Rebeca, are very knowledgeable and it is inspiring to work alongside a staff that is so passionate about wildlife. Each day, I assist with the day-to-day treatments for animals in the clinic, feed the animals in the nursery, rehabilitation, and quarantine areas, and perform regular cleaning and animal enrichment. When a new case comes in, I help with the initial exam and procedures such as administering anesthesia, taking radiographs, and giving medications. Upon my arrival, I was also given several options for a project to work on during my stay. From these options, I chose to work with a disabled anteater who is unable to use her hind legs. Using range of motion exercises, heat therapy, and hydrotherapy, my goal is to help improve her mobility.