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?
What Is Wrong With This Patient?
Cryer Gardener the Muscovy duck came into the Wildlife Center for an Odd Pet Vet appointment after his owners noticed that he was having trouble waddling. There was some suspicion that he had been eating “hardware” from around the inside of his pen and had possibly ingested something a little screwy. Waterfowl will often times eat small stones and pebbles to aid with digestion and the thought was that Cryer had just gotten a little overzealous. After further examination Dr. Mertz and the Gardener’s decided to proceed with some x-rays in an attempt to locate the problem. The x-ray of Cryer (pictured…) revealed that he had swallowed an array of different objects. What do you see on this x-ray and how many can you count?
Cryer was diagnosed with a classic case of “hardware disease” and because of the amount of sharp material that he had eaten Dr. Mertz decided to perform on the spot surgery to remove the objects. The procedure was a success and Cryer recovered at home with his family: Another happy end to a fowl situation.