Mammals, turtles & birds, oh my! The Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator - View the video

Jackie Edmunds

Jackie Edmunds
Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator
Dane County Humane Society

5132 Voges Road
Madison, WI 53718


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Jackie Edmunds has been staff for the Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center program since 2012 and has held the position of Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator since 2013. Her background is a B.S degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011), and she is currently an M.S. candidate in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (2014). She has a passion for research through education: her favorite task is training all incoming volunteers and interns in basic and advanced wildlife rehabilitation or medical techniques. In addition, Jackie holds a sub-permittee bird banding license for the state of Wisconsin.

Many students discover their passion for the biological sciences during high school or college by taking courses in general biology, animal sciences, botany, or anatomy and physiology. However, with such a broad array of topics to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow that passion and focus on a future career path. Jackie was born with a passion for helping animals, yet she never could have dreamed of working as a wildlife rehabilitator or researching bird populations. Jackie shares how her experiences led her to the Dane County Humane Society and what other opportunities are available to students in the wildlife rehabilitation field. (Running Time 23:36)