Georgia Sea Turtle Center/Jekyll Island Authority, GA

Description of Elective Experience: 

The extern will be involved in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation with a focus on sea turtles, native turtles and birds. The extern will assist with husbandry, medicine and surgery and will interface with both our research and education teams. Dr. Norton is board certified in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. The extern is required to have a small project during their stay and at the end do a powerpoint presentation to the staff. 

Institutional and Educational Resources - staffing, equipment, etc.: 

Board certified veterinarian in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Dr. Norton is also the Director. Staff consists of Managers in Rehab, Education, Administration, research, and AmeriCorps and Volunteer programs. Certified vet tech and another vet tech that is attending school currently but has been with us for many years. 2 rehab techs. 5 AmeriCorps members in Husbandry. Also have an education and rehab staff. 31 AmeriCorps members depending on the time of year. Clinic has ultrasound, xray, laparoscopic equipment, bronchoscope, videogastroscope, CO2 and therapeutic laser, ISTAT machine, radiosurgical unit, gas sterilizer and autoclave. 

Student Responsibilities - what is expected of students in terms of hours, days of the week, shadowing or actual support?: 

8 to 10 hours per day. 5 days a week. half day on one week end day. Works very closely with Dr. Norton and vet techs and significant exposuree to other staff. see above for more details. Having a car is required.

Student Housing (include costs, amenities, pet friendly, contact info if different from elective contact info): 

We try to get a resident on Jekyll island to assist with Housing. Not pet friendly. cost depends on the person agreeing to house the student but typically no cost. 

Terry M Norton
Contact email: 
Georgia Sea Turtle Center/Jekyll Island Authority
214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
United States
Is student housing available?: 
Hours of supervision by a licensed veterinarian per week: 
minimum of 40