Background: Interns must have a strong interest in the fields of zoology, conservation biology or related fields. Candidate will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Crane Conservation Department staff on the care and management of endangered cranes including:
• general husbandry • handling techniques • behavior • captive reproduction • incubation • artificial insemination • chick rearing • health care • genetic management • socialization • behavioral enrichment
Daily tasks include husbandry duties such as:
• cleaning • dispensing diets • general facility maintenance • behavioral observations of captive birds • maintaining computer records
A four to six-week preceptorship in Avian and Conservation Medicine is being offered to interested veterinary students by the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Preceptors will train with the Veterinary Services Department in all phases of the clinical practice, but have opportunities for interaction with the Crane Conservation Department to learn captive propagation, husbandry and management of this unique family of birds. Preceptors can expect to gain practical experience in crane capture, transport, anesthesia, preventive medicine, disease surveillance and the contribution of veterinary medicine to crane conservation including field project support and professional consultations. Preceptors are encouraged to complete and report on a research or laboratory project during their stay. Opportunities for visiting the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI will be made available to interested preceptors.