RaptorVet Externships

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RaptorVet Student works on a Red-tailed Hawk at Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center. File photo.

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Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. – Richard Feynman

Attend a RaptorVet Session
Few raptor centers in the country handle as many patients as CRC. This high patient load provides an enormous amount of data for future research. It also provides a great environment for learning. For several years, CRC has hosted groups of veterinary students from NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine for a one week veterinary "selective," allowing students to immerse themselves in raptor rehabilitation and medicine at CRC’s rehabilitation center.

This "selective" has been expanded to a new, more ambitious program for veterinary students. One of the main objectives of RaptorVet is to increase the knowledge base of veterinarians, particularly concerning the medical care of raptors, and to increase the preparedness of veterinarians for issues relating to human-wildlife interactions such as bio-contaminants (lead, pesticides), avian flu, and other zoonotic diseases.

RaptorVet offers veterinary students hands-on experiences with raptor medicine, surgery and husbandry, and provides knowledge not normally acquired in standard veterinary school curriculum. This program is designed to provide veterinary students with the skills and expertise needed to effectively diagnose raptor diseases and injuries and to prescribe the proper treatments. The participant will gain first-hand experience by working with Dr. Dave Scott and the CRC staff on actual cases. In addition, the clinical rotations will be supplemented with daily lectures and labs.


  • 3rd and 4th Year Veterinary Students 
  • 2 week externship
  • Cost: $395 plus housing

To register for RaptorVet, contact Dr. Dave Scott at dscott@carolinaraptorcenter.org and state which date you had in mind.

RaptorVet Externship Open Dates

  • Aug 17, 2020 – Full
  • Oct 26, 2020 – Full
  • Mar 8, 2021 – Full
  • Jun 14, 2021 – Open
  • Sep 20, 2021 – Open
  • Nov 15, 2021 - Open


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a dress code? - Not really. Just bring scrub tops; Dr. Scott wears shorts all year-round. Bring hiking boots since you will be in the woods a lot.
  •  What do I need to bring? - Nothing. Although Dr. Scott's new book is highly recommended.   
  • What are the typical hours? - We get started at 8:30 am and go non-stop until we are finished. This can be around 4 pm during slow parts of the year but could easily be 6 or 7 pm when we are busy. You may be asked to help out on the weekends as well, depending on our case load.