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 and assist with the daily running of the center. In order to apply for the veterinary internship, we require that applicants are studying or have graduated from a veterinary-related field and have clinical experience.

Veterinary and Orphan Care internship prerequisites:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Can commit to at least one month
  • Currently studying or graduated in a veterinary related field
  • Has clinic experience and ideally worked in a rehab center before
  • Can provide at least 2 educational/ professional references
  • Successfully completes a Zoom 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:

  • Feeding neonate and juvenile 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)
  • Loading syringes and administering medications to animals at the sanctuary
  • Assisting with animal husbandry (cleaning, feeding and enrichment)
  • Preparing diet and nutritional needs
  • Record keeping
  • Collecting browse and leaves for the animals
  • Taking part in weekly educational lectures/ workshops

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
  • Assisting with physiotherapy

Veterinary and Orphan Care Internship FAQ