Established in 1984 by Dr. Caroline Runyon, the Wildlife Care Clinic (WCC) is located at the College of Veterinary Medicine on the Iowa State University campus. Dr. Runyon’s goal when she established the WCC was to provide students at the College of Veterinary Medicine with experiences in wildlife medicine. Dr. Runyon had a special interest in wildlife medicine and became self taught, but specialized in small animal surgery. She and several veterinary students administered care to raptors and the occasional mammal or songbird.
Today, the WCC is ran by five undergraduate students that are passionate about high quality wildlife medicine. We treat sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife with the goal of releasing all animals back into the wild. Common majors of the undergraduate staff include Animal Ecology, Animal Science, and Biology. With the help of the WCC doctor, Dr. Bianca Zaffarano, the WCC is able to offer the medical examinations and treatment that many of our patients need.
At the WCC, we care for and treat many types of animals including raptors, small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, and more. Many of the patients admitted to the WCC suffer traumatic injuries related to human activity such as car collisions, hunting and trapping accidents, power line electrocution, window collisions, and wire fencing.
The WCC is a completely 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that runs strictly on donations. We do many fundraisers throughout the year to raise money in order to purchase needed supplies and continue to upgrade our facility. Examples of fundraisers include donation drives, apparel sales, and more. Money goes directly to the benefit of our wildlife patients in terms of medications, diagnostics, surgery, and food. If you are able and interested in monetarily contributing to the Wildlife Care Clinic, please visit our Donations page.