In the mid-1970s Dr. Jimmy Milton founded the
No facility or finances existed so the group used the hospital area of the Small Animal Clinic and the expertise of Dr. Milton and other volunteers to provide the services. Students also volunteered providing outreach/educational programs. Dr. Ken Nusbaum was instrumental in helping the students with the educational programs.
Donations provided material to build a raptor barn behind the Small Animal Clinic in the late 1970s. Birds were still treated in the hospital before being moved to small flight cages next to the barn. Later a hospital area was incorporated into the raptor barn.
In the late 1980s, participation was opened to wildlife students. Veterinary students provided treatment while wildlife students worked on rehabilitation of the birds.
Thanks to the support of Dean Boosinger, the Center hired its first paid staff member, Joe Shelnutt, in 1996.
In 1998 the
In 2002, the
The Raptor Training Facility consists of 24 state of the art mews and an office building. Non releasable raptors are kept and trained at the facility for use in the educational programs. The Laster's also contributed to the rehabilitation unit with the construction of six large flight aviaries for aerobic conditioning of releasable raptors.
A steering committee was appointed from the
In 2002 The Raptor Center hired Dr. Jill Heatley a board-certified specialist in Avian Practice.
In August 2003, Dr. Ron Montgomery, professor and chief of surgery and the CVM, was appointed interim director.
In January of 2004, the Center hired two fulltime Education Specialist, Roy Crowe and Marianne Murphy to provide education/outreach programs for the Center.
Later that same year, the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center (SERRC) was renamed the Southeastern Raptor Center (SRC) to reflect its multiple missions of rehabilitation, education and research.
Dr. Jamie Bellah, a CVM professor of small animal surgery, was named director of the
Liz Crandalll was hired as full time Veterinary Technician in 2005.
On November 16, 2005 the Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater was opened through a formal ceremony honoring the late Edgar B. Carter, former director of research for Abbott Laboratories in
Since its modest beginning in the mid-1970s, the