Wanted: Foal sitters for busy equine maternity ward.
Penn Vet’s world famous New Bolton Center is recruiting volunteers to assist veterinarians and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) during the busy foaling season.
Most of the daytime slots are already filled, but they still need sitters to work day shifts (7 a.m to 3 p.m. on weekdays) and the overnight shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weeknights from February to June.
If the graveyard shift sounds boring to you, perhaps you haven't spent much time around mares giving birth. That's when most of the action takes place!
New Bolton Center in Kennett Square enlists more than 90 foal sitters each year- as it has since the program started more than 30 years ago - about half of them returning volunteers.
“The foal sitters are very important,” said Dr. Jon Palmer, chief of New Bolton Center’s NICU and director of Perinatal/Neonatal Programs, which focuses on high risk pregnancies and at-risk foals. “To deliver the level of intensive care that we do, we need help. Foal sitters are vital to our operation.”
Among the duties of a foal sitter: holding foals upright when they are lying down, assisting staff as they stand and turn foals, milking mares and storing the milk, monitoring equipment for alarms, changing bedding, restocking treatment areas, and cleaning equipment and hospital areas.
Sitters must be at least 16 years old and should be prepared to commit to two to four shifts a month. 
For more information and registration interested individuals can email foalsitters@nicuvet.com
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