The Wildlife Care Clinic - Temporarily Closed

The Wildlife Care Clinic, jointly managed by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been temporarily closed.

Dr. Bianca Zaffarano, clinical associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, retired earlier this spring and was the clinic’s holder of the rehabilitation license issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Without the state license the clinic cannot operate. A search was underway to fill Zaffarano’s position but that search has been suspended, along with other Iowa State University job searches, during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will be looking at other options in the future on continuing the efforts of the clinic as a resource for students and the community,” said Dr. Dan Grooms, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine.

If you find an injured or orphaned animal please refer to our Wildlife in Need and Resources tab for information on how to properly care for and transport any animal to an appropriate rehabber. Please do not talk to, hold, or pet the animal. Wild animals are extremely stressed and scared when captured so it is best to leave them alone. Please do not attempt to feed the animal as this could lead to illness or death.