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Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Rehabilitation Volunteers

The Southeastern Raptor Center staff is small, and relies on volunteers from the Auburn community. The majority of volunteers are college students with a variety of interests, but most are majors in an animal-related field. Many student volunteers work at the center throughout their undergraduate years. 

At one time, there can be from 60 to more than 100 birds in the rehabilitation section. Volunteers are responsible for their daily husbandry and upkeep. Volunteers clean cages and flight aviaries, prepare the daily diet, administer medications and handle and restrain raptors for diagnostics. Many have experience with restraining and handling very large birds of prey such as a Bald Eagle. 

The rehabilitation section has a tier system for volunteers granting more responsibilities to those who contribute the most. As volunteers advance, they assist the medical staff with phlebotomy or collecting samples of blood, radiographs, physical therapy, fluid therapy, triaging emergency cases, bandaging, and administering medications. As they progress further, volunteers are able to assist the staff with medical procedures. 

Volunteers also participate in releasing the rehabilitated raptors back into their natural habitat. The Southeastern Raptor Center administers private and public releases in Alabama and Georgia.

How You Can Help

Volunteers participate in daily husbandry such as cleaning and feeding. As volunteers accumulate hours, attend workshops, and demonstrate required skills, they are able to assist the medical staff.

 Volunteers must be 19 years or older and have a current tetanus vaccination.

 Contact Liz Crandall at for volunteer opportunities.

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