Summer Volunteer Program

What You Need to Know – Summer Program

Note: The deadline for Summer Applications is Wednesday March 15, 2017

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

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. Summer student interns also help run the clinic. These are veterinary students that have at least one year of WMC experience and have been selected through an application processes. There is also an undergrad intern position that is filled by a member that has excelled in the program the previous year.

Volunteer group size varies year-to-year, around ten to twelve members. The program begins the Monday after finals in May and goes through the Friday before school starts in August. Volunteers must sign up for a minimum of 4 treatment shifts a week which is about 20 hours in the clinic a week, but are always encouraged to sign up for more than the minimum. Volunteers make their schedules together, 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 beginning the program. 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 and bikes are acceptable.

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 two months preceding the start of the program in May. 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 paper 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: Wednesday March 15, 2017

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 under the guidance of the clinic managers.

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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