CROW Feather: Annina Muller

Where are you from?

“I am originally from Switzerland but currently travelling and working at different facilities around the world.”

What is your position at CROW?

“I am a Veterinary Medicine Extern student.”

How long have you worked at CROW?

“I spent 4 weeks at CROW!”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“It would definitely have to be the brown pelicans. I worked with them at CROW for the first time and was astonished by their unique appearance, physiology and their rather calm and friendly temperament – compared to other birds, at least. I love watching them enjoying tub time or group recess, and on my days off I would spend time at the beach observing them hunt for fish – I think they are fascinating.”

What is your most memorable CROW moment?

“There are a few of them! I generally enjoy surgery, so I remember the surgical procedures well. In my first week, we did an endoscopy on a laughing gull with suspected aspergillosis – a fungal infection in the air sacs. I was impressed with the severity of the fungal lesions, and we even got to practice with the endoscope. Since most of the species at CROW were new to me, I remember the first time working with them well. The most unusual one was definitely the glass lizard, but every time we admitted a bird that we haven’t treated before, it was super exciting.”

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

“I am an outdoor person and enjoy running a lot. Sanibel Island has great bike paths too, and on my days off I would often cycle through Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, just a few yards away from the clinic. It was incredible to observe the variety of birds and other animals that live there – I was not into birding when I came here but enjoyed it a lot to try and identify them. With the other students, we even had a little competition going about who would be able to cross more birds off the “Bird checklist.” There is also the beach, of course, something we don’t have at home so I spent a lot of time there too.”

What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?

“I have already completed my veterinary degree and have worked as a mixed animal vet in Switzerland. In the future, I would like to get involved with wildlife at home as well and possibly find a position in veterinary exotic or wildlife medicine to further expand my knowledge.”

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