Wildlife Veterinary Internship at Headquarters

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ORGANIZATION: TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH

TRR

DURATION OF INTERNSHIP
4 months

LOCATION OF INTERNSHIP
The Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) San Josecito, San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica

THE TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH
The Toucan Rescue Ranch’s (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rica
wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education, and research to
ensure a brighter tomorrow for Costa Rica wildlife.

TRR’s emphasis is on the care, rehabilitation, and release of national wildlife. We receive and
care for confiscated, sick, and injured animals from government agencies. The Toucan Rescue
Ranch works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAE) who
brings injured and displaced wildlife to the center. TRR provides sanctuary while giving
treatment and rehabilitation. Whenever possible the animal is released to their natural
environment.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch is a licenses Costa Rica wildlife rescue facility, Costa Rica foundation
(300667701803) and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (EIN: 80-0516453).

CLINIC INTERN DESCRIPTION
The Wildlife Veterinary Intern works under the direction of our vet and our founder to care for the animals in our clinic and undergoing rehabilitation. Maintaining supplies and clinic records. Conducting treatments, examinations, diagnostic procedures, feeding and caring. Expect to work long hours and to be available for emergencies.

CLINIC INTERN ACTIVITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

● Feed and monitor animals in the clinic
● Clean clinic and kennels
● Triage animals received at the Toucan Rescue Ranch
● Assist in exams and treatments
● Animal enrichment
● Properly maintenance regarding animal enclosure and zookeeping.
● Backup to other Toucan Rescue Ranch Interns


Administrative Work


● Manage cleanliness and ordering of animal care supplies
● Evaluate and perfect quality of rehab animals’ diets
● Complete thorough record keeping, and detail observations as needed We are always open to
suggestions. Let us know if you have a special skill you think will be useful.

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

General Requirements:
● Must be 18 years of age or older
● Provide proof of emergency health insurance while in Costa Rica
● Provide proof of current tetanus and rabbies vaccination
● The ability to follow directions with attention to detail
● A positive "can-do" attitude and the ability to work well in a team environment


Specific Requirements:
● Must be bi-lingual: Spanish and English
● Coursework in veterinary studies, primatology, zoology, environmental education, wildlife ecology or a related field
● Experience in a veterinary setting
● A strong interest in animal welfare and conservation
● Excellent communication skills
● Moderate degree of fitness

WORK SCHEDULE
The Wildlife Veterinary Intern works 5 days a week with two days off. Days off are not necessarily on the weekend. Daily schedule needs to be flexible depending on the animals in the clinic. Night work is required.
Works long hours and expect to be ready for emergencies. You will learn about your schedule and days off during your orientation at the Toucan Rescue Ranch.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM BENEFITS AND COSTS

We have tried to keep our internships free to make them available to the widest range of people. But as costs keep increasing and income from tourism varies, we must implement fees in order to maintain our operations.
The fee is about $40 a day and covers room and board costs as well as the education you will receive. We continue to improve and expand our facilities and staff providing you with an excellent learning environment.
Your fee contributes to the medical care, food, and general husbandry of the animals in our care.
Cost $4800, about $40 per day
Housing Provided by TRR. Includes utilities and Wifi.
Meals Meals are provided 7-days a week. We will show you the local stores where you can buy additional food to supplement your meals. Please let us know if you are vegetarian, vegan, or have special dietary requirements.
Other All other costs are to be paid for by the intern. This includes travel and immigration expenses, medical insurance, and entertainment expenses.
I’D LIKE TO APPLY
If you would like to be a part of the TRR team, please go to http://toucanrescueranch.org/internships/ , scroll
down and click the APPLY HERE button.
You will be asked for:
● One-page cover letter of interest - specify which internship you are interested and the start date
● CV or resume
● Contact information for three professional references
We will promptly contact you to schedule a Skype interview after reviewing your application. If you have any
questions, we are always available via email to answer any questions.

CONTACT
Toucan Rescue Ranch
www.toucanrescueranch.org
applications@toucanrescueranch.org

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About TOUCAN RESCUE RANCH

Location:

APDO 69-3017, San Isidro, CR

Mission Statement

The Toucan Rescue Ranch's (TRR) focuses on the care, rehabilitation, and study of Costa Rican wildlife. We receive and care for confiscated, sick, and injured wildlife from government agencies. TRR gives the animals a loving home while providing appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation in order to return them safely to the wild.

Description

The Toucan Rescue Ranch's (TRR) mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release Costa Rican wildlife. TRR works with a model that focuses on conservation, education and research so a brighter tomorrow is promised to the incredible animals of Costa Rica's rainforests.

The Toucan Rescue Ranch was founded in 2004 by Leslie Howle and Jorge Murillo as a rescue center that specialized in toucans. Nonetheless, the center quickly grew and started rescuing a wide range of birds and raptors.

In 2007, a baby sloth named Millie arrived and was solely in Leslie and Jorge’s care. Millie is initially what transformed the Toucan Rescue Ranch into a full wildlife rescue. Today, the Ranch rescues, rehabilitates and releases a wide range of wildlife from all over the country. TRR works alongside MINAE, the wildlife Costa Rican governing agency, on the rescue and release of all wildlife under the center's care. The Ranch operates thanks to a small staff, volunteers and interns who provide the utmost care for resident rescues, new arrivals and release candidates. They are a dedicated Costa Rican Foundation and U.S. nonprofit for Costa Rica conservation.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Environment
International
Animals, Environment, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Toucan Rescue RanchOff of Route 112San Josecito, San Isidro, Heredia 40602Costa Rica

(10.01764,-84.03468)
 

SKILLS

  • Veterinary
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-months
  • Please read description.

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