Best Friends Animal Society partners with seven municipal shelter partners along the Wasatch Front in an effort to save underage kittens. Our goal is to save 1,500 kittens annually. The Kitten Nursery Medical Intern is responsible for directly assisting our staff veterinarian with exams and medical oversight at the Best Friends Kitten Nursery. This intern should be prepared to be in a fast-paced emotional environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience with hands on medical care, medical transcription, and veterinary medicine.
Time Commitment/Internship Length:
A minimum of 20 hours per week, must be available during the week between 10am - 2pm.
This is a 3-month ($400 total stipend) internship. Start dates are available mid-April through mid-July and mid-July through mid-October. Housing and other travel expenses are not provided.
- Shadow and assist staff veterinarian with physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of animals at the Kitten Nursery.
- Assist with administering medications and providing treatment, including care for critical patients. This may include assisting in physical examinations, animal restraint, administering injections, oral medications, fluid therapy, syringe feeding, and tube feeding.
- Assist in completion of diagnostics including fecal exams, urinalysis, bloodwork, etc.
- Keep animal records current, including intake paperwork, feeding charts, and medical logs. Assist in entering medical records and treatment plans into our medical database.
- Expedite proper contamination and sanitation protocols in all areas of the Kitten Nursery as directed.
- Other duties as assigned.
What you’ll gain from a Best Friends internship:
- Opportunity to work with a one of the largest nonprofit animal welfare organizations and a leader in the no-kill movement.
- Hands on animal care with neonates, including experience with medicine administration (oral and topical), vaccines, vet exams, and subcutaneous fluids.
- Opportunity to learn about and work with other Best Friends programing including the Pet Adoption Center, Community Cats, and Spay and Neuter Clinics.
- Opportunity to work with our staff veterinarian and learn about shelter medicine.
- Ideal candidate will be enrolled in a pre-veterinary program or have a strong interest in veterinary medicine.
- After a short training period, demonstrates ability to care for kittens and cats and follow contamination and animal care protocols.
- Ability to create and encourage a positive work environment. Demonstrates approachability when dealing with volunteers and staff.
- Strong interpersonal skills, i.e., ability to develop positive relationships with others and demonstrate sensitivity to the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others.
- Demonstrates personal accountability to ensure that all responsibilities are completed effectively and in a timely manner.
- Accurate, professional, clear, and concise written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be able to routinely lift up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time while performing work requiring concentration and manual dexterity.
- Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a daily basis, including but not limited to: walking, bending, lifting, carrying, twisting, reaching, stooping, and squatting.
- Ability to effectively and safely handle cats and kittens of all temperaments and spend extensive periods of time with those animals in close quarters.
Application instructions:P lease submit cover letter and resume to SLCinternships@bestfriends.org or to Best Friends Animal Society, Attn: Internship Program, 2005 S 1100 E, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106.
- Animal Care / Handling
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Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- A minimum of 20 hours per week for 3 months
- Applicants required to attach resume and cover letter in email to SLCinternships@bestfriends.org