Veterinary & Orphan Care Internship


It is our goal to allow our interns to grow in the direction of their interests and work towards their long-term goals. Interns will be expected to shadow veterinary staff during morning duties and scheduled procedures; we feel that interns will get the most out of this experience if they have prior experience in a clinic or wildlife rehabilitation center. We recommend applicants have past experience in these areas in addition to completing our reading list.

Veterinary and Orphan Care internship prerequisites:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Can commit to at least one month
  • Has recently graduated with an animal science degree
  • Is currently studying animal science, or has relevant work experience
  • Has clinic experience
  • Successfully completes a Skype interview

Common Experiences During a Veterinary and Orphan Care Internship

A variety of duties and experiences are available depending on how long you are able to join us for an internship. Interns who plan to dedicate one month can expect duties like these:

  • Loading syringes and administering medications to animals at the sanctuary
  • Preparing diet and nutritional needs
  • Record keeping
  • Feeding neonate and juvenile animals
  • Collecting browse and leaves for the animals
  • Assisting and observing animal emergencies and triage
  • Observing surgeries
  • Observing and learning about necropsies (interns may be qualified to perform necropsies on a case-by-case basis)

Interns who are able to stay with Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary longer than one month will experience activities in addition to those above. Including:

  • Completing independent necropsies, depending on the animals we receive
  • Assisting and observing animal surgeries
  • Honing critical care skills like bandaging techniques, inserting catheters for an IV, and fluid therapy
  • Practicing and learning about different suturing techniques
  • Practicing wild animal medicine and pharmacology

Veterinary and Orphan Care Internship FAQ