Merrimac, MA 01860
Santa Barbara Animal Care Network
P.O. Box 6594
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
Dear Mr. Parker,
I discovered the Santa Barbara Animal Care Network’s Animal Care Assistant position while I was
searching for wildlife rehabilitation job postings. This position seems like the perfect fit for my
aspirations and experience in the wildlife rehabilitation field.
I am currently a junior on the PreVet track, pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Wildlife
Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Being in my third year, I have found various
environments to care for small and large animals, as well as wildlife.
I started working with wildlife last summer when interning at the York Center for Wildlife, a wildlife
rehabilitation center in Cape Neddick, Maine. While there, I was able to observe and assist in medical
procedures involving birds of prey, songbirds, reptiles, and small mammals. I also learned how to provide
daily care for all of these different species. My daily responsibilities involved feeding these animals and
cleaning their cages.
Working with veterinarians in a variety of settings has given me a clear understanding of what the animal
care field involves and helped me gain valuable skills. At my current employer, Hampshire Veterinary
Hospital in Hadley, Massachusetts, I care for patients in the ICU that range from cats and dogs to roosters
and miniature horses. I feel comfortable handling the patients, and I have learned how to give oral
medications, as well as IV fluids, SubQ, and IM shots. As an Animal Care Assistant, I will be able to
apply the skills I have learned with more domestic animals to the wildlife housed by your facility.
Through the use and improvement of the aforementioned skills, I would be an exceptional addition to the
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network as an Animal Care Assistant. I would appreciate such an
opportunity and you will receive a call from me in the next week or two with further inquiry. Thank you
for your time and consideration.
Chelsea Van Thof
Chelsea Van Thof
181 Fearing Street Amherst, MA 01003
Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Science, Biology (Pre-Vet Track) Intent to Graduate 2013
Minor: Wildlife Conservation