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The Wildlife Care Clinic





Started in 1984, The Wildlife Care Clinic (WCC) is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization staffed by four undergraduate students of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and our overseeing veterinarian, Bianca Zaffarano. Our primary mission is to provide medical attention, rehabilitation, and facilities for injured or orphaned wildlife. We aim to educate the public on the importance of Iowa's and the Midwest's, native wildlife and environment. As a secondary mission, we aim to place non-releasable wildlife with other licensed wildlife professionals for education and housing purposes.

The staff loves to see all the wildlife that comes through the clinic. Nothing is greater than rehabilitating something in need of help, and releasing back into the wild where it belongs. We accept all wildlife species with the exception of skunks, bats, and raccoons, for safety reasons. As such, we never know what we are going to get through the clinic. We've seen eagles, swans, bobcats, great blue herons, and many other fascinating species. It's never a dull day at the WCC.

Unfortunately, the WCC faces an uncertain future as the costs are quickly adding up. Medications, food stuffs, diagnostics, and surgery are expensive. Currently, these items are costing the clinic approximately $55,000 per year. All donations directly benefit our wildlife patients. The WCC, as a 501© (3) corporation, is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses and corporations.

Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated!  Please visit our website at as well as our Facebook page at for more information.

Donations can be mailed to:

Wildlife Care Clinic

College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011


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