Antonia Tribuzzo, a junior majoring in zoology, interned with the Ohio Wildlife Center Hospital. Below she talks about her internship experience and how Ohio State has helped her prepare for the real-world experience.
What were your responsibilities?
The Ohio Wildlife Center Hospital takes in injured/orphaned native Ohio wildlife. Our patients include, waterfowl, squirrels, opossums, rabbits, bats, song birds, turkeys, raptors, turtles, frogs, minks, skunks, raccoons, woodchucks, mice, etc. As animals come in I am responsible for filling out the appropriate paperwork, helping give admission exams, and assisting with any immediate medical treatments (cleaning wounds, giving fluids/injections). Each patient needs to cleaned, fed, given meds, or any other care needed to return it to the wild. Once the animals are healthy, they go to the Pre-Release Facility and are eventually released.
How did your major program and your time at Ohio State prepare you for this internship?
Being a zoology student has helped me understand the basics of these animals before caring for them. I was already familiar with most of the animals we see at OWC. My sciences background has also helped me be more in tune with the veterinary aspect of the hospital.
What kind of impact do you hope to make through this internship?
I hope to help create a brighter future for Ohio’s wildlife. Not only do we treat injured/orphaned wildlife, we also have many resources to help inform the public, such as the education center and the wildlife hotline. I feel really proud that I am able to help some of our native wildlife recuperate and be completely wild again after some unfortunate circumstances.
What did you gain from the experience that will be valuable to you in the future?
I have become more familiar with Ohio’s wildlife and many veterinary procedures and protocols. This knowledge will be of tremendous help when I pursue Exotic/Wildlife medicine in the future.
What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part of the internship was absorbing as much information and wisdom as I could from the staff and fellow volunteers. It is amazing how much there is to know about our world and its creatures.
How did you find out about this internship?
I found out about the internship purely by luck and using the wonderful tool that is Google.
What advice would you give students who are considering an internship?
I would advise other students to choose something that they are passionate about and can put their heart into. Internships can be demanding and stressful, but they are also one of the more rewarding experiences you can have as an undergraduate.