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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
August 25, 2010

Volunteering in the Live Animal Center at the Academy of Natural Sciences has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to volunteer in the Live Animal Center. My dad has been a weekend security guard for over twenty five years and he used to take me with him all the time so I could wander around. The one place I spent the most time in was the Live Animal center. I have been volunteering since May 2009 and have accumulated over three hundred hours and I am also the 2010 winner of the Ron Conti Award for Excellence in Animal Care. What makes volunteering at the Academy so great is that you have so many options. There is literally something for everyone. The Live Animal Center is what interests me the most. I love volunteering in the Live Animal Center because it teaches you the proper husbandry and care of animals and also their dietary needs, which is everything I need to know since I want to be a veterinarian. There are six levels of training that teach you how to clean and handle each animal properly and you need to pass a written test on all the animal's natural history facts of each animal on that level. The biggest part of volunteering in the Live Animal Center is the maintenance of the facility. Each animal's cage needs to be cleaned everyday and the floors and windows need to be cleaned as well. You also learn how to do laundry, which took me a while to figure out. Another great part of volunteering at the Academy is you learn how to interact with the public and how to get along with other volunteers. But the best and most important part about volunteering in the Live Animal Center, or even any part of the Academy, is that the staff and animal keepers are so nice and will help you or help you understand something better in any way possible. Overall, the Academy of Natural Sciences is one of the best places anyone can volunteer, whether it is for experience in a field of science or for pure enjoyment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching how much the visitors learn, especially the kids during their visit at the Academy and by talking to the visitors about their experience at the Academy.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

definately make it a bigger facility and have many more ways to raise funds and bring in donations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to be surrounded by what I love...animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a bigger facility and fund many more projects.

Ways to make it better...

I could have volunteered with some of my friends or family.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

volunteering at the Academy never gets old and there is always something to look forward to each and everytime you volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I volunteer in the Live Animal Center.