CROW Feathers: Amanda Aubin

Where are you from?

"My hometown is White Lake, Michigan. I have been living in Lansing, Michigan during my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University (MSU) and my DVM degree at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am currently entering my third year in the program."

What is your position at CROW?

"I am a Veterinary Medicine Extern."

How long have you worked at CROW?

"I am finishing up my 4 week externship at CROW."

What is your favorite animal and why?

"Normally, my favorite animal in general is a grey wolf due to their pack structure, complex nature, and the fact they are keystone predator for the environment. However, of the animals I’ve helped rehabilitate, I have grown to love Great Horned Owls. I have worked with them in Michigan at a local wildlife rehabilitation center (WILDSIDE) and I had the chance to work with one male during my time at CROW. They are intelligent raptors that are very rewarding to treat, rehabilitate, and release."

What is your favorite memory or story from your time at CROW?

"I have had multiple great experiences and memorable moments here at CROW! Within my first few days I was able to observe an endoscopy on a double-crested cormorant and assist with anesthesia. The fact I was able to jump into procedures quickly was very exciting for me. However, my favorite moment was administering lipid emulsion therapy and subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids to a juvenile green sea turtle that was admitted. In Michigan I have only worked with painted, box, and snapping turtles. So working with a green sea turtle was a highlight of my externship!"

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

"Back home my hobbies are writing, photography, and hiking. While on Sanibel Island, I have enjoyed being able to ride bikes to local beaches, practice photography on the local wildlife and nature, as well as spend time with other students in the program."

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


"After I graduate veterinary school, I would love to find a job in a small animal exotic practice and contract/work with local and international wildlife rehabilitation centers and zoological facilities. My goal is to treat and work with various animals and facilities around the globe, plus educate the public through photography and social media posts about the importance of preserving and protecting local species and environment wherever they are."

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