VTPP 485 Prospective Student Information
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Carter Wildlife Center is a research and teaching facility that
offers students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience
with a variety of non-domestic animal species. The predominant
species at the center are hoofstock (deer, etc.) and ostriches.
Some of these animals are tame and can be handled by people while
others are dangerous and require special handling techniques.
During the semester students will be exposed to, and participate
in, many aspects of exotic animal husbandry, management, and
medicine. Students will learn about the care of non-domestic
animals by participating in our daily activities. The activities
also involve maintenance of animal enclosures and the surrounding
Each student will be assigned a set schedule based on individual
availability. This schedule will include a minimum number of hours
to be completed Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm and a regular
one-hour "evening check" one night a week. Students will also be
required to work two weekend duties during the semester. These
weekends will be arranged at the orientation meeting.
Oryx being bottle
The minimum weekly hours required depends on credit hours
registered and are as follows:
2 credit hours: 5 hrs/wk (Fall &
7 hrs/wk (Summer-10wk session only)
3 credit hours: 7.5 hrs/wk (Fall
11 hrs/wk(Summer-10wk session only)
By registering for the course, the student is committing to a
large responsibility. Students are expected to strictly adhere to the
attendance schedule unless prior arrangements have been made
with the Wildlife Center staff.
Students are required to actively participate each time they are
at the Wildlife Center. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
feeding animals, pen cleaning, pen repair, handling of animals,
maintaining Wildlife Center log, and assistance in veterinarian
procedures. There are stated daily and weekly jobs as well as
Wildlife Center (WC) staff to direct students, but they are
expected to be self-motivated and eager to learn
Each student will do a semester project. This project will be
either an animal enrichment or a Wildlife Center enrichment project
approved by the technician and Dr. Blue-McLendon. More details will
be given at orientation.