WRC was founded at the University of Minnesota in 1979 as a student club of the Veterinary College. From those humble beginnings of just a few dozen animals a year, the WRC has grown into one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, admitting more than 13,000 patients annually. They are known for our work with Trumpeter Swans - treating more than any other center in the nation and consulting worldwide on these beautiful birds.
More than 186 different species will come through in any given year. You can follow along with the admissions on the live Critter Ticker (https://wrcmn.org/) .
A year-round staff of 16 people, 10 of which are veterinarians or certified vet techs, keeps WRC's $1.3 million budget focused on providing direct medical care to its patients. During the summer, WRC adds five or six seasonal staff to manage the interns and 500 volunteers in its three nurseries (Songbird, Mammal and Waterfowl). Overall, more than 600 volunteers provide the daily care to WRC's patients. As a non-profit, the WRC relies solely on the generosity of donors to be able to treat and rehabilitate its patients.