Toronto Wildlife Centre Internships

Become a Summer Vet Tech Intern!

Toronto Wildlife Centre’s veterinary technician interns provide direct care for wild patients such as birds, mammals and turtles. The internship is fast-paced, can be physically demanding and requires significant responsibility and initiative.

The position provides the interns with the opportunity to learn about all different aspects of wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine. Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to gain valuable practical experience while helping TWC’s wildlife patients. Some of the skills learned include the following:

  • Species identification
  • Natural history and behaviour
  • Animal handling, restraint and husbandry
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Fluid therapy
  • Wound management
  • Medicine administration
  • Hand-feeding young orphan birds and mammals
  • Tube feeding birds
  • Release criteria
  • Record keeping using online database
  • Recognizing signs of illness
  • Wildlife anesthesia
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Surgical assistance
  • Radiography
  • Venipuncture

Interns will work under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators, RVTs and DVMs.

Requirements:

The internship requires four 10 hour shifts per week and applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must currently be enrolled or graduated from an accredited Veterinary Technician or Technologist program, be current on their tetanus vaccine and have their rabies immunization. We require interns to have a flexible schedule as weekends and occasional holidays are required. Ideally we will give our interns a set schedule whenever possible which will allow for part time work on days off if necessary.

Interns will need to be able to handle physically and emotionally stressful circumstances, as well as be able to adapt to new and fast paced situations. They will need to be able to organize tasks, set goals, meet deadlines, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to work independently or in a team.

Interns need to have a strong personal work ethic, high level of integrity, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn. Good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to speak, read and write English proficiently is also required.

International students may apply however we cannot secure visas or transportation.

Amenities:

Off-site housing is available at no cost on a “first come first serve” basis. Note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.

Payment: Unpaid

Length of Commitment: 4 months minimum (earliest start date mid-April 2018)

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, potential start date and 3 letters of recommendation by February 28, 2018 to Jo.

Current TWC volunteers only need to submit 2 letters of recommendation.

Due to the high volume of applications, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Toronto Wildlife Centre 2017 Fall/Winter Internship

Our wildlife rehabilitation interns provide direct care for our wild patients such as birds, mammals and turtles. The internship is intense, repetitive, fast-paced, physically demanding and requires significant responsibility and initiative. The position provides the interns with the opportunity to learn how to care for a wide variety of native species and experience wildlife rehabilitation in one of Canada’s largest and busiest centres.

Interns will work alongside staff and volunteers to gain valuable practical experience while helping TWC’s wildlife patients. Some of the skills learned include the following:

  • Species identification
  • Natural history and behaviour
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Animal handling and husbandry
  • Fluid therapy
  • Wound management
  • Medicine administration
  • Proper nutrition and food presentation
  • Release criteria
  • Tube feeding birds
  • Record keeping using online database
  • Recognizing signs of illness

Interns will work under the supervision of professional wildlife rehabilitators and trained wildlife caregivers.

Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be current on their tetanus vaccine. Preference will also be given to those that have rabies immunization. Because patients require care every day of the year, we require interns to have a flexible schedule as weekends, evenings and holidays are required. Days are scheduled as 10 hours; however, since this is a task-based workplace, longer hours are frequently required in order to complete all necessary tasks.

Interns must be comfortable working long hours with a demanding workload. Applicants need to have a strong personal work ethic, punctuality, initiative and a strong desire to learn. Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to speak, read and write English proficiently is also required.

Amenities:

Off-site housing may available at no cost, depending on participant’s commitment and availability of the site. However, internet/TV is not provided. Please also note that personal transportation will be necessary as public transportation is not practical from that location.

Payment:

Unpaid

Length of Commitments:

Two 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months, or

Three 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months, or

Four 10 hour shifts per week for 4 months

-Start dates are flexible; applicants may start anytime in October, November, or December.

For more information regarding shifts please contact Aarona@torontowildlifecentre.com.

 

Application Procedure:

Please email a resume, cover letter, preferred start date/number shifts and 3 letters of recommendation by November 1, 2017 to aarona@torontowildlifecentre.com. Preference will be given to those that can start immediately.