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Krystal Woo joins CROW’s team

By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

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Krystal Woo, DVM, began interning at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Jan. 1 after looking into the program last spring. She will remain an intern until Dec. 31.

“I was trying to figure out what internships I wanted to apply to and CROW was one of those on the list, so I ended up coming to visit early September,” she said. “When I came and visited I was really impressed with the facilities and the digital radiography. It was really interesting because I was applying for jobs too. Some small animal clinics don’t have things we have here.”

During her visit, Woo said everyone was really nice and she enjoyed talking with some of the interns.

She’s in the field because she loves animals and loves working with animals. Woo’s love for animals formed when she was little due to her family always having exotic pets.

“I didn’t want to become a vet until halfway through college because I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle surgery,” she said. “Then I had a class where we had to do dissections in and absolutely loved it.”

Woo attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate studies and then attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for veterinarian school.

Throughout her year internship at CROW she hopes to work with a wider variety of animals. She said her previous internship at Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital, as a small animal rotating intern, she did not have the opportunity to work with exotics at all.

“There’s a lot of things here that we don’t have in California or Illinois, so a lot of them are just very different. I have never seen them before,” Woo said.

Some of the species she has worked with since arriving include black skimmer, double crested cormorant, catbirds and loggerhead shrike. She said the learning curve is always high because of the vast species they work with at CROW.

Woo is staying at the student housing on the CROW campus and puts in anywhere from 50 to 60 hours a week. Since arriving she has had the chance to explore the island from the tip of Captiva to the Lighthouse.

“I still have a bucket list of things I would like to do,” she said laughing. “But, I’m slowly getting them done. I really love it because everything is basically in biking distance.”

Woo, who is originally from Anaheim, California, is still deciding what she would like to do once her year-long internship concludes.

“I will probably apply for a residency. If not, I will probably end up looking for a job, or doing further schooling. I haven’t decided yet,” Woo said.

In addition to her love of animals, she also enjoys ice skating, biking, kayaking on Sanibel, cooking and baking, knitting and crocheting.

“I find that if I’m bored I’m really bored, so I always keep busy. I don’t like being bored,” Woo said laughing. “That’s one nice thing about wildlife and exotics, you never know what’s coming in, what kind of problems they will have. I’m always excited to see different species I have never seen before. “

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