Today Mom Opossum and her 10 babies were released back into the wild after a difficult go of it. Mom was admitted in late July after being found stuck inside of the wall of a Braintree home. Fortunately for mom opossum, she got stuck in the right house. The homeowner was able and willing to help. The mother opossum was thin and distressed when she arrived at New England Wildlife Center for emergency care. Initially mom was admitted with a few nursing babies. Within a few days, a total of 10 babies joined her at the Center. Each time we thought all the babies were found, more kept coming! It is always a great day when they return to the wild.
Here’s some pictures chronicling her stay with us and a first hand look at our full immersion internship program.
One of the things that I love best about the New England Wildlife Center is that we are able to reach out to so many different people to educate them about wildlife. People come from all over, and everyone learns something every day. Interns are able to learn hands-on what wildlife medicine is, and every visitor to the Center is able to see everything happening first-hand.
In this photograph, Dr. Andrew Cartoceti is operating on a small bird while being assisted by several interns. In the background, a group of visitors is watching the procedure with Safari Steve from the Center’s hallway which allows visitors to view into all of the medical wards. This picture encompasses a lot of what the Center is trying to do: educate the public about wildlife while teaching future veterinarians about wildlife medicine, all while improving the lives of injured animals.”
– Sarah Wengert, Animal Caretaker
Students from all over the world come to the Center to work and study. Students come to the Center to gain valuable first hand experience in veterinary medical technology, medicine and natural history. Our internship program specializes in full-immersion apprentice-style job training to high school and undergraduate students. Over a hundred, out of eight-hundred, of our interns have gone on to veterinary school and graduate training. Many gained their first exposure to the field of veterinary medicine at the Center as volunteers who then went on to be interns at the Center. Students have come to us from schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Boston University, Boston College, Mt. Ida College, Becker College, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Colby, and the Universities of Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, and so forth. Students who have interned at the Center have represented all-in-all about a hundred colleges and universities.
Many of our student volunteers and interns want to become professionals in the field of veterinary medicine. Many of our students already have. Becoming a veterinarian or veterinary technician is a complicated process. The central quality of students on this career path is an unflagging curiosity about animals. What kinds of animals are you most curious about? What is it about these kinds of animals that you most like?