Raptor Academy

Training for professionals working with raptors

Internship in Raptor and Avian Medicine

The Raptor Center offers a veterinary medical internship to gain additional avian experience through supervised, hands-on clinical experience.  You must apply online at the University of Minnesota's employment site.

Established in 1974, the Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. In addition to treating more than 800 birds a year, we provide training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, reach more than 250,000 people each year through public education programs and events, and identify emerging issues related to raptor health and populations.


DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA-accredited College of Veterinary Medicine or ECFVG certification. Applicant must also have taken and passed the NAVLE test be eligible to secure a Minnesota veterinary license. A TOEFL score is required for non-native English speakers.


Receives benefits as defined for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Intern and in keeping with meeting any specified eligibility requirements.


The primary duties and responsibilities of the intern include a broad spectrum of activities related to gaining clinical experience. Interns manage cases under the supervision of faculty and assist with all aspects of clinical care of raptors, including captive management, capture and restraint, anesthesia, diagnostics, necropsy, record-keeping and research projects. Interns provide assistance in the instruction and supervision of undergraduate veterinary students; provide emergency care during non-scheduled hours and participate in departmental seminar series as expected.