Like the rest of my colleagues, I have been asked to look back on the past year at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and share my memories and personal highlights from 2014.
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In the winter of 2014, I realized that I needed to re-think my volunteering mode and look for other ways that I could be helpful to the staff at the WCV. I had been working with the rehab and animal care team for nearly 10 years and it was hard for me to believe that I could be as satisfied doing anything else.
I have moved on and am now a staff veterinarian at the Birmingham Zoo. I love my new job, but it was bittersweet leaving the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
As an employee at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I get asked all the time “What is the coolest part of your job?”
2014 was the start of my second year as an animal care volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. I was excited, because both Amber and Kelli, the leaders of the rehabilitation team, had informed me that I would be helping with the baby squirrels and birds this season.
This year has been a bit of a blur. Not only has it been a big year for the Wildlife Center, but, for the first half of the year, my significant other and I were also planning our wedding.
Although I am neither staff nor a volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, my association with this organization has had some unique and memorable moments: from Kiley, an avowed non-reader who discovered a passion for black bears and reads anything she can about them, to the squeals of delight as Miss Amanda unveiled Grayson Cam.
At the December 23 Bald Eagle release at Natural Chimneys, Center President Ed Clark asked how many folks were attending their very first eagle release.
“Wildlife Center of Virginia, this is Angel. How may I help you?”
Last spring, the outreach department decided it was time to search for a new snake to add to our team of education animals.