[MARMAM] Seal Rehabilitation Internships

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Thu Dec 7 16:38:08 PST 2006

Rehabilitation Internships

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre is a registered not for profit 
organization operating under permits from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 
Environment Canada and the Ministry of Water, Land and Air. Recipient of the Islands 
Trust Environmental Stewardship Award, IWNCC’s focus is on the rescue and 
rehabilitation of orphaned Harbour Seals.

For the 9th year, IWNCC will be offering summer internships. In the past, 
students have earned academic credit toward their degrees through the completion 
of these internships and the centre is also open to the creation and execution 
of short term, noninvasive research projects by the interns. 

There will be twelve staggered internships awarded this summer each lasting 
eight weeks. The internships are on a voluntary basis, however comfortable 
housing and a food stipend are provided. Interns are accepted internationally and 
are responsible for their own transportation to and from British Columbia.

Interns will work directly under marine mammal rehabilitation specialists and 
can expect to learn the following:

Safe rescue and handling of Harbour Seal pups.

Proper restraint techniques.

Stabilizing critical patients and new arrivals.

Food preparation through all stages of the rehabilitation process.

Gavage (tube) feeding, force feeding and hand feeding techniques.

Proper hygiene and isolation protocols to prevent the spread of disease.

Administration of oral medications.

Behavioral and medical observation and proper record keeping.

Natural history of marine mammal species.

Fundamentals of how, why and when to administer alternative remedies such as 
homeopathy and Chinese herbs.

Response to the rescue hotline and public interface as well as the logistics 
of coordinating rescues from many remote locations.

General care of many other indigenous avian and mammalian species.

There will also be a lecture series presented by professionals in many 
different disciplines including; veterinary medicine, integrative medicine, wildlife 
rehabilitation, marine mammal conservation and wildlife cinematography.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2007. 
For more information and to download an application, please visit our web 
site at: www.sealrescue.org

Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
322 Langs Road
Salt Spring Island, BC   V8K1N3
iwncc at aol.com


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