Academic Year Volunteer Program

Note: The deadline for Academic year applications is Monday July 10th, 2017.

What You Need to Know – School Year Program

The Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-operated, donation-funded clinic within the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Teams of volunteers, under the supervision of the Medical Director, the WMC Intern veterinarian, and two student managers, are responsible for the intake, care, and release of all animals admitted to the clinic. Volunteers in their second and third year of veterinary school with one or more years of experience in the WMC act as team leaders.

Teams consist mostly of veterinary and pre-veterinary student volunteers. Team size varies year-to-year, around twelve to fifteen members.  Volunteers must sign up for a minimum of 2 treatment shifts a week, 1 orphan feeding shift, and 1 on-call pager shift per week, which is about 5-10 total hours in the clinic a week, but are always encouraged to sign up for more than the minimum. Volunteers sign up for their own shifts, so there is usually quite a bit of flexibility. Non-veterinary University of Illinois students will be considered on a space-available basis, during a specific application timeframe (detailed below), and following an application and interview process. Current volunteers consider working in the WMC to be a privilege and a serious responsibility; please consider this when applying.

Qualification & Requirements

University of Illinois student in good standing

University regulations require that the applicant be associated with the University of Illinois by being a student, faculty, or staff member.

Current rabies vaccination

All volunteers must complete a full set of rabies vaccinations prior to beginning work in the WMC (series of 3 vaccinations). Volunteers must maintain rabies vaccination currency during their entire tenure at the WMC. Proof of vaccination must be on file in the clinic prior to being assigned to a team. A rabies vaccination titer is highly recommended following completion of the rabies vaccination series.

The rabies vaccination series can be completed through the University of Illinois Mckinley Health Services. Additional information can be found at:

We understand that some students may have financial constraints, so we will allow students to submit all other application materials first, receive conditional approval, and then begin their rabies series. Our deadlines provide applicants enough time to complete all requirements before the beginning of each semester.

Two letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation should focus on animal experience, leadership and management skill, and maturity. One or both of the letters should be from an individual familiar with your interest in and experience with animals.

Resume and personal statement

Your resume should reflect previous animal-related experience and interest in veterinary medicine and/or wildlife. A brief personal statement (less than one page) should outline your motivation and goals for volunteering at the WMC.

Method of transportation to WMC

A personal automobile is preferred due to the immediacy associated with on-call duty. In the absence of a personal automobile, bus access is acceptable. Bicycles as a primary mode of transportation are not recommended due to winter weather conditions.

Attending Rounds

WMC rounds are held in the Large Animal Clinic, Room 100 (LAC 100) each Tuesday of the academic year, from 12:00pm to 12:50pm, unless otherwise noted. Make-up rounds are also held weekly for those with an excused absence from regular scheduled rounds.  Time and day of make-up rounds are TBA at the beginning of each semester. Attendance at rounds or make-up rounds is mandatory for all volunteers. Chronic failure to attend rounds is grounds for removal from a WMC team.

Application Fee

There is a $10.00 application processing fee that must be included with your application materials. Please make checks out to: University of Illinois Foundation

When to Apply

The deadline for volunteer applications is one month preceding the start of the academic school year in August. It is preferred that all materials, including letters of recommendation, be submitted in one envelope to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. It is also necessary to complete the online application form (Click here to apply) to complete your application. All other materials can be hand-delivered to the Small Animal Clinic front desk or mailed to:

Wildlife Medical Clinic
Attn: WMC Co-chairs
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
2001 S Lincoln Ave
Urbana, IL 61802-6199

Application Deadline

Fall application will open from May 23rd to July 10th, 2017. Summer applications are currently closed.

Click here to apply

Interviews & Orientation

Applicants will be contacted and provided a status no later than one week following the application deadline. Applicants are required to attend an informal interview after which the volunteers for that year will be selected within the week.

Volunteers will need to attend a generalized clinic orientation. After orientation, volunteers will be assigned to a WMC team. Team leaders are responsible for further orientation and team integration of the new undergraduate member.

Policy waivers

The Medical Director may waive any policy set forth in this document and may delegate waiver authority for specific items to the Student Managers.

Waiver requests for specific policies set forth in this document should be forwarded to the Medical Director, in writing, via the Student Managers.

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