CROW Feathers: Ryan Navarro

Where are you from?

"I am originally from Miami, Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Zoology on the Pre-Veterinary track and a minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and I am currently a rising third-year veterinary student at St. George’s University."

What is your position at CROW?

"I am a Veterinary Medicine Externship student."

How long have you worked at CROW?

"I have worked at CROW for five weeks." 

What is your favorite animal and why?


"My favorite animal is the small but mighty Burrowing Owl (BUOW) because they each have unique personalities. They screech and chirp and they definitely have a Napoleon complex where they think they are big intimidating birds when, in reality, they fit in my hands. They all make me laugh and I enjoy working with them and admiring how beautiful their eyes and feathers are." 

What is your favorite memory or story from your time at CROW?

"My most memorable CROW moment is from the time when I assisted with the autologous blood patch pleurodesis on a loggerhead sea turtle. This loggerhead sea turtle was found floating in the ocean and the doctors determined it had air escaping into other body compartments through a tear in its left lung. In this procedure, blood from the turtle’s neck area was transfused into the area where the lung tear was, in hopes that the blood would clot and create a patch over the hole. As turtles breathe voluntarily, I had the opportunity to ventilate for the turtle and monitor its vitals throughout the extent of the procedure. I was able to apply knowledge I had learned in school and engage in conversations with the veterinarians, while practicing my anesthesia skills and learning more about sea turtle anatomy and physiology. Also, the surgery was successful and the turtle was released!"

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW? 

"Some of my hobbies outside of CROW include SCUBA diving, hiking, kayaking, and biking, so basically anything outdoors! "

What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future? 

"In the future, I want to become board-certified in zoological medicine to practice in a facility that specializes in zoo, wildlife, exotic, and /or aquatic animals. To reach this goal, I will continue to participate in externships during my school breaks. I have been fortunate to participate in experiences working with a broad range of species, including small animals, large animals, marine life, zoo and exotic animals, and now wildlife. I will take all the experiences and knowledge I have gained, and continue to gain, to become the best veterinarian I can. I wanted to thank CROW for giving me this opportunity to practice my veterinary skills through verbal and hands-on experiences! "