Student Opportunities at the Cape Wildlife Center

Each year, the Cape Wildlife Center accepts about 20 veterinary and undergraduate students in their Professional Training Program. Under the supervision of the staff veterinarian, wildlife rehabilitator and veterinary technician, the students are involved in the husbandry, rehabilitation, and medical care of each wildlife patient admitted.

Students release bird
Student interns help with a wildlife release at the center.
Heather Fone/The HSUS

Programs Available:

Internship—The primary emphasis of the preceptor program is to train undergraduate and graduate students in the essentials of wildlife handling, recovery, rehabilitation, and release back to the wild.

Externship—The primary emphasis of the externship program is to train senior veterinary students and veterinary technician students in the current techniques of conservation and wildlife medicine.

Dormitory style housing is provided for all students, with the housing fee waived for HSVMA student members who are accepted into the program. Read more and apply for the program»

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