What You Need to Know
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 and three student managers, are responsible for the intake, care, and release of all animals admitted to the clinic. Volunteers 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 eight to twelve members. 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. 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.
WMC rounds are held in the Large Animal Clinic, Room 100 (LAC100) 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.
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 each academic semester. It is preferred that all materials, including letters of recommendation, be submitted in one envelope to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. These 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
Applications for the Fall 2014 semester will open May 15 and close August 8.
Interviews & Orientation
Applicants will be contacted and provided a status no later than two weeks following receipt of their application.
Applicants are required to attend an informal interview, followed by 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.
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.