The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital accepts only select
injured or ill wild animals (including small mammals, birds,
amphibians, and nonvenomous reptiles) for medical care. Primary
care for these animals is through the zoological medicine service.
After-hours cases may be seen through the Small Animal Emergency
Service. The emergency service does not accept snakes.
Wild animals that may present a health hazard (bats, skunks,
coyotes, raccoons, or foxes), such as suspected rabies infection,
should be handled by your local animal control agency and are not
accepted at the VMTH. For healthy orphan wild animals, please
contact your local wildlife rehabilitator for advice and help on
placement and care. We highly recommend you call ahead for advice
on what to do should you encounter wildlife before you touch it. In
many cases, uninjured young animals have their mother nearby and
are not actually orphans.