Wildlife Rehabilitation (minor)

As humans, we share earth with a vast number of species. The Wildlife Rehabilitation minor offers you the opportunity to become intimately familiar with the care, needs, and behavior of wild and domesticated vertebrates. You’ll learn about the treatment and temporary care of injured, diseased, and displaced indigenous wildlife in order to return them to the wild.

For those students with an interest in providing healthcare to wildlife or domestic animals, the Wildlife Rehabilitation minor will offer you several structured intern and clinical opportunities to do just that. It will also prepare you with a strong academic foundation for graduate work and veterinary school.


The May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (MWRC) admits approximately 100 different species annually. Some of the smallest patients include juvenile Ruby-throated hummingbirds, who weigh in at approximately 2.5 grams.

Approximately 60% of MWRC patients are avian, 35% are mammals, and 5% are reptiles and amphibians.

The MWRC has a 60-foot long flight enclosure for large birds to fly prior to release.

More than 8,000 total in-clinic student hours are logged during summer clinical.

What You'll Study

As part of the program’s two main objectives, you will be provided with experiential clinical opportunities as well as the chance to integrate those experiences with rigorous academic programming. You can work with hundreds of injured and orphaned native wild animals, and will complete an 11 week (12 credit hour) intensive Summer Clinical internship. Over the course of your education, you’ll also assist in long-term research projects and field studies.

In addition to learning about the medical treatment of releasable wildlife, you will also work with the center’s permanent non-releasable animal ambassadors, which are used in educational settings.

In your senior year, you will complete your own senior research project based on the collection and analyzing of data in order to present to your peers and professors. For those interested in graduate schools or a career in wildlife rehabilitation, the senior research project serves as a great example of your honed skills.

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Get a first-hand look during Wildlife Preview Days!

High school or transfer students interested in visiting campus to learn more about our wildlife-focused programs are invited to attend one of our two Wildlife Preview Days on October 2 or November 20. Spend the day talking with faculty, touring the facilities, and envisioning life as a Lees-McRae student.

After Graduation

Common Career Areas

Wildlife Biology
Restoration Biology
Wildlife Rehabilitation
Environmental Education 
Conservation Organizations
College Professor

Meet the Faculty

Amber McNamara, DVM 
Assistant Professor of Biology

Nina Fischesser, MA
Director of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

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