About the Wildlife Hospital

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)  hospital is a fully equipped 4,800-square-foot state-of-the-art facility designed to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.  The objective is to provide the medical and rehabilitative treatment necessary to assure that recovered patients can be released back to the wild.

In 2017, CROW wildlife hospital cared for 4,236 patients with more than 1,300 of those being successfully released back to the wild.  CROW’s Hospital Director, Dr. Heather Barron, DVM, oversees the daily operations.

CROW’s reputation as a teaching hospital has attracted students from a vast number of veterinary schools in the country, as well as internationally.  Students work long hours and are very dedicated to learning how to care for the native and migratory species that CROW sees as patients. 

In 2017, CROW accepted 33 Extern students (three to 22 weeks), nine Fellows (intensive six months), three DVM Interns (one for the full year and two for half the year) and three Wildlife Care and Education Interns. Together, these students dedicated over 31,000 hours of animal care.  Last year, 8 countries were represented including Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Italy, Mexico, Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Most common species cared for in 2017:

Most common cities where patients came from in 2017:

Patients by taxonomic class in 2017: 


Reasons for patient admissions in 2017:  

Unknown  700
Unknown Trauma 674
Abducted/habitat destruction 408
Exotic/invasive species 367
Fell from nest 355
Orphaned 333
Hit by car/window strike 321
Brevetoxicosis 176
Cat/Dog attack 175
Misc. caused by humans 85
Predator attack   67
Misc. natural events    66
Fishing hook/line   65
Systemic/infectious disease   49
Human attack/gunshot   17
Electrocution   11
Distemper   4
Hit by boat     1

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