In light of the evolving COVID-19 response, the Wildlife Medical Clinic has made the challenging decision to stop accepting any new patients effective immediately. In an effort to preserve human life and support those on the front lines of the pandemic, the Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois and University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital will work to make supplies available, including much needed gloves, masks, and respiratory support equipment, to local human health care providers.
We will continue to care for our current patients and ambassador animals as before. If found, wildlife obviously suffering may be brought to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for euthanasia. Alternatively, you may contact your local wildlife rehabilitator for guidance. A list of those resources can be found here: https://bit.ly/2UhPsjk
Thank you to our supporters who have generously reached out to offer a kind word, financial support, or equipment. Your compassion and energy will keep us driving forward during these unprecedented times. The Wildlife Medical Clinic will continue to return phone messages as long as we can; please be patient as we balance this with other critical functions during this difficult time. We will re-evaluate our decision to stay closed on April 7 and advise as to our status after that time.
Stay safe. We look forward to serving our community and helping local wildlife again soon.
We would like to thank Pat and Randy Rushing for sponsoring the Wildlife Medical Clinic for the day! They chose today in honor of their beloved Golden Retriever Grimmy, who passed away on March 23. The Rushings wanted to sponsor a day in order to celebrate Grimmy’s life with the loving individuals at the WMC. This gift will help injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals.
🌼In loving memory of the wonderful Grimmy Rushing🌼
A majority of the individuals who work in the Wildlife Medical Clinic are current University of Illinois veterinary students. However, a not-enough-talked-about aspect in our clinic is the incredible undergraduate program that allows students hand-on experience prior to attending veterinary school! Our undergraduate volunteers are an irreplaceable asset to our entire team. These amazing students make the trek all the way to the vet school campus to assist with orphan care, patient treatments, pager shifts, and everything in between. We wanted to take the time to spotlight just a couple of the students in this program and see what they like about volunteering in the WMC. Take a look at what they had to say below!
Q: What has been your favorite part of being in the Wildlife Medical Clinic?
My favorite part of being in WMC is getting exposed to knowledge that I wouldn’t learn through undergrad classes. Learning from vet med professors, team leaders/members and from the patients has made me feel much more prepared for my future. Continue reading