CROW Feather: Michelle Milanov

Where are you from?

“Born and raised in Chicago, IL. Currently a veterinary student at University of Wisconsin – Madison “

What is your position at CROW?

“Veterinary Medical Externship student.”

How long have you worked at CROW?

“I just completed my 4 week externship.”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“I love tiny raptors so my favorite bird is the bat falcon. However, while I was here, my heart was won over by the Anhingas. We had one in the hospital who would honk at himself in the tub and it was hilarious. I’ve also gotten the chance to see them in the wild while kayaking and they are absolutely beautiful birds.”

What is your most memorable CROW moment?

“I formed so many amazing memories with the animals and the staff at CROW that it is hard to choose just one moment. From working with screech owls to the bobcat, I got to practice my handling and clinical skills on animals of all different sizes. Along the way, the staff were there to give me support and guidance whenever I needed it. As my time as a student progressed, I was entrusted with more responsibilities and felt like my opinion as a future doctor was truly valued. Some of the most interesting experiences I had here include placing an esophageal feeding tube in a giant Florida softshell turtle, being consulted for wound management decisions in a burrowing owl, and interpreting bloodwork in a cattle egret (which led to its release!). Overall, this has been a great experience and I will especially miss all the friends I made here at CROW. ”

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

“I would describe myself as a homebody. I love puzzles, reading, painting, crocheting, and jewelry making. However, recently I have reignited a passion for figure skating. When I was younger, I used to figure skate twice a week but stopped once I started high school. Back in Wisconsin, we have many indoor and outdoor skating rinks where I’ve been trying to refresh my memory on the jumps and spins I used to know. While in Florida, I’ve also gotten into birdwatching and intend to continue that back in the Midwest.”

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

“My end goal is to be a board-certified veterinarian in exotic companion animal medicine. I just finished applying to small animal rotating internships, which is the first step toward an eventual residency. My biggest hope is that, once I am finished with my specialized training, I will be able to help my local wildlife rehabilitators as well as people’s pets. I have a long road ahead of me until that goal but I know that I will get there eventually.”

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