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Externship Opportunities


The Marine Mammal Center veterinary externship program provides veterinary students in their final/clinical year of school the opportunity to gain exposure to marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. Under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, students will participate in animal husbandry, stranding response, daily clinical rounds, recordkeeping, veterinary diagnostics, surgical and anesthetic procedures, and necropsies. The student will complete a project during the externship and present the results to the staff and volunteers during the last week of their rotation.

The veterinary externship program is only open to students who will be in their final/clinical year of veterinary studies at the time of their stay at The Marine Mammal Center. Each extern is scheduled for a 4-week block between March 15 and September 15th of 2016. Externships are unpaid positions.

Shared housing is available for a $100 per week fee at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, within walking distance of TMMC. Transportation is the extern's responsibility. There is no public transportation to the Center.

Priority for preferred externship dates is determined according to rank during the selection process. Ranking is based on the above criteria, and a demonstrated interest in marine mammal medicine.

Applications for externships between March 15 and September 15, 2016 are now open. Applications for 2016 are due no later than Friday January 2, 2015.

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the 2016 program by February 13, 2015.

Please submit via e-mail the following materials per the instructions below:

  • Letter of Intent, including 3 blocks of 4-week long preferred dates
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

All applications need to be submitted via e-mail to:; preferably as PDF. Letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to with the applicants name as part of the subject.

Please do not send applications via regular mail, these submissions will not be considered.  


Dr. Cara Field
Staff Veterinarian
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

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