Nicole Schubert Internship

Nicole Schubert
Animal Ecology, Wildlife Care and Pre-Vet
Rockford, IA
New England Wildlife Center, Intern
South Weymouth, MA

Describe your internship responsibilities:
My daily duties included feeding and medicating all orphaned and injured animals in the hospital and reporting animal status to the veterinarian.  I admitted animals to the hospital, drew blood, microchipped raccoons, assisted with Odd Pet Vet appointments, took x-rays, recovered animals, restocked medical wards, and helped with animal releases throughout the summer.  Interns were responsible for assisting with any medical procedures and the necessary anesthesia.  I was able to help with many wound debridement procedures, abscess drainages, Odd Pet Vet spay and neuter surgeries, a broken bone casting, repairing turtle shells, and inserting a feeding tube in a turtle.

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I enjoyed learning about the variety of animals I worked with as well as learning how to apply the knowledge I have gained through my college education.  It was interesting to see the anatomy and physiology of the animals as well as effects of our treatments in each case to compare with my previous knowledge.  By working with mammals, reptiles, and birds, I was able to diversify my knowledge and hands-on experience with these animals and learn about their proper care and treatment.  I value the experience I gained, especially being I worked with animals that are not commonly found in Iowa, and will use the knowledge I gained in my future career.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
This internship gave me valuable experience in the veterinary medicine field and has helped prepare me for veterinary school.  My experience in Boston solidified my decision to apply to veterinary school as it enhanced my interest in the medical field.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
I originally talked to my academic advisor to understand where best to look for internships in my field.  I looked at summer wildlife clinic internships online which is where I found this opportunity.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
I would recommend looking at internships early in your college career as well as early in the year to best prepare for application deadlines.  I would also encourage students to apply for many internships since the programs can be very competitive.  If students are capable of doing so, I would highly encourage working out of state or away from home to build credible experience.