Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about Animal Care Internships with Oatland Island. If you still have questions, feel free to email our program lead.
Will I be doing any vet assistant/tech work?
The short answer is - very little. When scheduling permits, you may be able to observe certain veterinary procedures.
What is a typical schedule for an internship?
Our interns work 8-5, at least 3 days per week. These days will be fixed (i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Friday every week). Occasionally we have to work beyond 5pm, so you should be flexible in your schedule. You may be asked to work weekends as one of your days. The Animal Care team will work with your schedule as best they can, but their needs may require certain days.
How much interaction with the animals will I have?
At first, not much. The first weeks of your internship will be dedicated to training you in animal husbandry. This essentially means lots of dirty work - mucking stalls, scrubbing cages, etc. As you learn and as you prove yourself trustworthy and dependable, you will be permitted to interact with the Ambassadors (animals that are used in programs). There are certain animals you may see "behind the scenes" and may provide enrichment to but will otherwise have no interaction with (i.e. cougars, wolves).
I am not pursuing an animal-related degree, or I have already graduated. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! As long as the minimum requirements are met, we will accept all applicants. However, applicants with some animal care experience will be given preference.
What's the difference between an intern and a volunteer?
In our case, nothing. We use the terms interchangeably. Your school may allow for a credited internship, or you may be here simply to gain experience. We require the same from our applicants either way.