Currumbin, Australia, Currumbin Wildlife Foundation, 2015

Jan 26, 2016 / Student Blogs

I spent four weeks at the Currumbin Wildlife Foundation (CWF) located in Currumbin, Australia. A major perk of working in Currumbin was the city itself – the beach with perfect warm water and huge surfing waves was a five-minute walk away, the “coldest” temperature was 80F, and it was always sunny! The small city has...

Dr. Megan Watson and sea otter in Alaska

Vet Resident Assists in Alaskan Sea Otter Rescue

Jan 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

In October, Shedd Aquarium provided an amazing opportunity to travel to Homer, Alaska, through their rescue and rehabilitation efforts. This was in response to a request for veterinary support from the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC). The ASLC is part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which helps respond to calls of stranded (beached)...


Bobcat Healing (and Growling) at Wildlife Medical Clinic

Dec 17, 2015 / Student Blogs

While many have been out buying gifts and goodies for the holiday season this past week, the students at the Wildlife Medical Clinic have been hard at work trying to give the perfect gift to a young bobcat—a second chance at a wild life. In late November, this beautiful animal was crossing a road with...


10 Lessons from Down on the Farm

Dec 8, 2015 / Student Blogs

For the last year I have been employed as a caregiver at the University’s Veterinary Medicine Research Farm (VMRF). I took this job because I wanted to learn more about pigs and practicing good biosecurity while making a little extra money on the side. The VMRF has an ever-rotating stock of just about any farm...


Putting a Humpty-Dumpty Turtle Back Together

Nov 17, 2015 / Student Blogs

Late this summer, the Wildlife Medical Clinic admitted a box turtle with a badly broken shell. The cause of the injury was some type of crushing injury and nearly half of the upper shell (the carapace) was compressed down into the animal’s body cavity. The finder had kept the animal for several days before deciding...

peregrine falcon

Peregrine Falcon Requires Change in Treatment

Nov 4, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is currently caring for a very uncommon patient—an adult peregrine falcon. This bird was admitted with fractured major and minor metacarpal bones, sometimes called the carpometacarpus. These bones are equivalent to the long bones in your hand, but birds only have two instead of five. Luckily, the fractures were far from...

Normandy, France, CIRALE, August 2015

Oct 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

This summer I had the honor to spend one month at one of Europe’s most renowned equine lameness clinics, located in Normandy France. It was a complete immersion into the French culture, language and their point of view on veterinary medicine. During my time at the clinic I was able to work with 4 different...


Convention-a-rama: 4 Good Reasons to Go

Sep 30, 2015 / Student Blogs

I have a confession to make. I’m a stone-cold convention junkie. Convention, symposium, conference, meeting…no matter the name, I am there! Since I started at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, I have been to at least eight or so meetings and before 2015 rolls into 2016 I will have added a few more...

green heron

Green Heron Treated, Released, and Reunited

Sep 25, 2015 / Student Blogs

Because the Wildlife Medical Clinic is a hospital but not a long-term rehabilitation facility, the student volunteers rarely get to see the final results of their hard work and dedication (the release of animals back into the wild). Last week was a rare occasion when they did. An adult green heron was brought in after...

Katharine Kancer Honduras

Student Helps Animals in Honduras Externship

Sep 16, 2015 / Student Blogs

Having the opportunity to combine two personal passions is a rarity for many people, but this past summer I was lucky enough to do so. Not only was I able to travel, but I also used the veterinary training I have received to help animals in rural Honduras. I spent two weeks in Honduras on...