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Hi everyone! Im looking to get some guidance on the range and level of experience that one should have when applying. I have worked at three different small animal clinics one being a mobile vet. I also have large animal experience (not vet) working as a volunteer at a horse ranch. Im worried this may not be enough experience and if anyone had any recommendations to other places I could volunteer. Especially with COVID-19 restrictions it is very difficult getting experience right now as most shelters, clinics and wildlife centres are closed to the public and not taking any new volunteers.
I was also wondering if working with guinea pigs, rodents, rabbits, and hamsters would fall under "exotic animal experience" as one of the clinics I volunteer at occasionally takes in those appointments.
Post by guest11111 on Sept 23, 2020 14:03:59 GMT -5
Hi! It sounds like you have lots of experience! It's more about the quality rather than quantity - you were able to work with both small and large animals (including a mobile clinic) so it sounds like you have a good overview of the profession. Do you think you will be able to get references from these places? I wouldn't be too worried, especially as you said - lots of clinics and other places are closed because of COVID. I'm assuming they will have to make some kind of exemption for this year that students were not able to volunteer.
I would not consider guinea pigs, rodents, etc as "exotic animals" since many clinics treat them. Exotics would be more for someone who had experience in zoos, or some kind of "large cat sanctuary", etc. You could always give OVC an email if you wanted to be sure though...