Shepherd's Green Intern Program

 

 

  •            For Ag students, vet students, zoo animal handling and those interested in animal rights, animal welfare and sanctuary careers  as well as those who simply want to know more about caring for pigs. We offer a formal program of training with these "exotic" pigs. Also residing here is a small group of farm pigs.

    Interns may sign up for either of the programs below, depending on the time they can allot. Certificates are awarded at the end of the internship and a letter of reference provided detailing the work and expertise developed during the internship. Some universities look very favorably on time spent at  internships.  Space is limited . Off site housing and board is provided.

                 

       

     

     

    Topics Covered

    Level 1

    (4-5 weeks)

    Level 2 

    (2- 3 months)

    Introduction to Exoticss; who they are, how they got here ;  the roles of USDA, breeders and hoarders

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    Managing large spaces and numbers effectively; understanding and using the Operations Manual.

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    Hands- on tusk and feet trims

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    Handling the problem pig (biter/ stresser)

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    Handling sick and injured pigs

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    Nutritional needs and feeds

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    Special diets

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    Transporting a pig safely

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    Pastures/forage and toxic weeds (seasonal)

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    Medications in common use

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    Handís on surgeries at our vet clinics  (1 day to 5 day options for vet students)

     

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    Pain management in arthritic and geriatric pigs

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    Housing needs

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    Basic sanctuary admin:  Grant writing, bookkeeping,calls,emails,fundraising,marketing, remote rescues/transports and laws pertaining to them, website

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    Outreach: Solving pig problems at the source (before they become sanctuary problems)

     

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    The Press

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    The IRS and state credentialing 

     

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    The Organic Gardens and Orchards

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    Requirements :

    Non smoker
    Over 18 years of age
    Valid drivers license
     

    No history of serious allergic reactions to bee stings, cats or common antibiotics

    Not taking any prescription drugs that may reduce alertness or alter mental state:

      No criminal record
    Own transportation

     To apply :    Complete the information form below

     

     

    Name

    Address, City, State, Zip

    Email

    Phone

    Emergency contact name and phone

    Age

    Education completed
    Please specify HS, 2 yr college, 4 yr and any other specialized schooling

    What brings you to Shepherd's Green? Animal rights? Animal care? Sustainable agriculture/conservation?  Vet school track? Other?  Please specify

    Have you ever worked at a shelter? A sanctuary? A zoo or other animal populated environment?

    What session are you interested in? Spring (March and later)
    Fall (Sept and later)  For how many weeks?