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It wasn’t until 1981 that CROW had an official clinic that wasn’t somebody’s house, along with staff veterinarian and medical equipment.
medicine and the environment are all interrelated. We want to be able to use the information we gather and try to apply it to something that might be eventually useful in terms of environmental health or population health relative to animal diseases that affect humans.” As impressive as Dr. Barron’s approach is, it’s a stark contrast from the founding of CROW, which dates to the 1960s when Sanibel resident Shirley Walter came upon an injured royal tern and, finding no services to offer treatment, brought the bird to her home. Fast forward to 1968 and with the help of friends and volunteers, CROW
was formed as a non-profit corporation — still operating out of the Walter home. It wasn’t until 1981 that CROW had an official clinic that wasn’t somebody’s house, along with staff veterinarian and medical equipment. Today’s CROW facilities feature a sprawling campus with state-of-the-art hospital; a very cool visitor information center with interactive displays, videos, presentations and gift shop; plus housing for 40 students, six fellows and two interns who assist and learn over the course of the year. On average, 10 or more patients are admitted each day, with 100 to 300 additionally on property in various
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