CROW Introduces Two New Veterinary Interns

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Dr. Madeline Chilcote and Dr. Kasey Mitchell joined the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) as the newest Wildlife and Conservation Medicine Interns beginning their year-long veterinary internships on July 1.

Dr. Chilcote received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in German from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned her doctorate at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Chilcote

Before coming to CROW, Dr. Chilcote completed a Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at VCA Weymouth Animal Hospital and an Animal Care Internship at the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine. She also brings years of experience through previous externships at the following organizations: California Wildlife Center in Calabasas, California; The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, Virginia; Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Department of Fish & Wildlife in Corvallis, Oregon.

“I wrote my dream career speech on becoming a wildlife veterinarian in elementary school because of the work my uncle did with population management in wildlife,” says Dr. Chilcote. “During my junior year of college, I studied the three American black bear siblings at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan and thought I may want to go into research rather than medicine. I decided to take a 3-month long animal care internship with the Center for Wildlife in Maine prior to applying to veterinary school. After that internship, it was evident to me that I needed to pursue wildlife medicine. I haven’t looked back since!”

Dr. Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell returns to CROW after previously completing a Veterinary Medicine Externship in 2018 and most recently volunteering in the hospital. Dr. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Marshall University in West Virginia. She earned her doctorate from University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Mitchell completed an ER and Small Animal Rotating Internship in San Diego at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center.

“I’ve seen all the negative effects humans have on our environment and the animals that live there,” says Dr. Mitchell. “I always felt the need to do what I could to reduce these impacts and to help the animals.” Dr. Mitchell hopes to gain a strong foundation in wildlife medicine and triage throughout her internship.

The Wildlife and Conservation Medicine Internship at CROW is centered around the ‘One World, One Health’ concept and designed for those who have completed their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and are interested in gaining experience treating wildlife. In addition to clinical duties, interns participate in research and conservation projects, give case and journal club rounds, and help teach students, staff, and volunteers.

Interns at work

Veterinary interns work closely with staff from all departments in the hospital to gain a better understanding of the rehabilitation process while working with over 200 different species of native and migratory wildlife. “I’m hoping to gain greater comfort with identifying species as well as age identification,” says Dr. Chilcote. “I am looking forward to working with adult mammals because they require so much teamwork and creative use of space and resources in a rehabilitation setting.”

CROW’s staff veterinarian, Dr. Robin Bast, is excited to welcome this new intern class to campus. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Chilcote and Dr. Mitchell join the team and look forward to helping them grow their skills as clinicians over the course of this year. They will treat thousands of emergency patients, learn a variety of surgical techniques, assist in teaching the students rotating through the hospital, and conduct research projects in conservation medicine. Our interns are key members of the hospital team, and we’re thrilled to be a part of their conservation journey.”

If you would like to learn more about internships and externships offered at CROW, visit

About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond.  Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.

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