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
Traveling the world has been a dream of mine, just like becoming a veterinarian. What better way to experience the world’s amazing wonders and furthering my education to become a better future veterinarian than having the opportunity to pursue both my passions simultaneously?
This January, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Australia and experience their culture, current political affairs and become more educated on various topics, including conservation efforts and wildlife species healthcare. Created by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, this trip allowed six students to visit Australia for two weeks, spending one in Sydney and the other in Currumbin.
Every new animal that walks (or flies) through our doors presents us with a different sort of adventure! Some animals have an easy fix and simply need supportive care, such as warming and rehydration, to get back on their feet. Others, such as the owl in this article, need a bit more of a hands-on approach.
This great horned owl presented to my team on December 16th after being found in the grille of a truck with a fracture in his left wing, mild dehydration, hemorrhage (bleeding) in one eye, and a pale plaque on his tongue. On first examination, we noted that he was quiet but alert. After some initial stabilization, we obtained radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate his fractured wing and determine if it could be corrected with surgery. As you can see from the red circle in his radiograph below, the fracture occurred in the middle of his left ulna (the bone between his elbow and wrist). Fortunately for our owl friend, this type of break is very fixable with surgery!
Our treatment plan included pain medication (fractures are painful in birds, just like they are for us!), an anti-inflammatory medication for his fracture and his eye, and fluid therapy to correct his dehydration. Surgery was in his near future, as well as further testing of his tongue plaque to determine what treatment, if any, was necessary.