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Wildlife Care Clinic


"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may
begin to use it with love and respect"

- Aldo Leopold



Our Team Consists of:

Dr. Bianca Zaffarano

Sarah Kolb

Undergraduate Students:

Jessica Colvin

Kelsey Peterson

Katie Mueller

Sarah Kane

Morgan Young


Amanda Teel

Tia Cavender

Brianka Morgan



*Please be sure to call the WCC before bringing in an animal to determine whether or not we can accept it. We do not accept drop-offs. Any animal brought into the clinic without first contacting a staff member for information on the animal will not be admitted by the small animal front desk and will be informed to contact us. The WCC will not accept any wildlife after hours without first being contacted.

*Have you found a baby mammal? We will accept phone calls for any babies, thank you!


What We Do

Here at the Wildlife Care Clinic, we care for and treat many types of animals, including: bald eagles, hawks, owls, river otters, minks, and fawn white-tailed deer.

Approximately 75% 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.

Please Note: At this time the Wildlife Care Clinic is financially unable to accept healthy 'orphaned' baby animals. We will accept babies with injuries, but request you call in advance prior to bringing them in. We expect all presenters to call us prior to bringing in all patients to discuss the animals' condition. We do not accept walk-ins/drop offs at the ISU Veterinary Medical Center's Small Animal Hospital, and we will be strictly enforcing the policy at this time.

This is set in place to keep healthy animals in the wild and avoid from having them brought in if not necessary. It is difficult for our clinic staf to be on call 24/7 and not financially feasible for us to continue to offer this service at this time. This will be more strictly enforced as a cost-saving measure after hospital hours. We request that animals found between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., if not severely injured, be kept safety until the morning hours. We will be available after hours via telephone to assist you in this effort We are sorry for any incovnenience, but request your patience and cooperation until such time that our donations meet our financial need; we hope this service will be available again. Until that time we must choose which services we must eliminate in the short term.

We still do not accept (baby and adult) raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Unfortunately, we must be discriminatory in our decisions regarding which adult ammals we are able to accept due to rabies potential. We are not equipped to handle adult deer due to the size of our facility and staff safety.

We do accept injured squirrels, eastern cottontails, opossums, all raptors, reptiles, waterfowl, fawns and more. Please call before bringing in an animal. We will still be taking all phone calls and are more than happy to talk to you about your questions and guide you to other local rehabilitator groups if necessary.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you in your attempt to help an animal, but it is ncessary in the short run for us to stay open and functional in the future.

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to assist wildlife in need.



Monday through Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends from 9-11 am

The Wildlife Care Clinic receives many emails, letters, and phone calls on wildlife issues. Unfortunately, a personal response cannot always be guaranteed. Please look closely at the Wildlife Fact Sheets to answer any questions.

For any questions or concerns that are unanswered please contact us.

Contact Us

Phone: (515) 294-4009

Email: wcc@iastate.edu

Our address is:
Wildlife Care Clinic
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

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