Veterinary Student Externship in Marine Mammal Medicine
The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Externship Program provides veterinary students in their final/clinical year the opportunity to gain exposure to marine mammal medicine, rehabilitation, husbandry and necropsy. Shared housing MAY be available for a fee at a TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands within walking distance of TMMC, however housing is the students’ responsibility and may not be available during part or all of the students’ rotation. Transportation is the externs’ responsibility; there is no public transportation to TMMC. 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.
Founded in 1975, The Marine Mammal Center is an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital that advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. Each year The Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals with the goal of rehabilitation and release. The Center collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world. We are a corps of dedicated volunteers and an engaged community, and are proud to be an equal opportunity, non-profit employer.
Location of Externship
Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA with potential opportunities to work at our satellite facilities.
The student extern will work under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, and students will participate in animal husbandry, veterinary examination and diagnostic procedures, surgical and anesthetic procedures, recordkeeping, daily clinical rounds and necropsies. The student will also complete a project during the externship and present the results to staff and volunteers during the last week of their rotation. The externship is open to US and International students.
The position is for a four-week term.
Work schedule must be flexible and may include evening shifts, weekends, and holidays.
Once accepted into the program you will receive a more detailed schedule
Additional opportunities may include traveling down to our satellite facilities, Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing and San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay. Externs may have the opportunity to work at both of our facilities as part of a 2-4 day trip. (This opportunity would be set up based upon extern’s interest and ability to travel to these locations.) If interested, there is also the opportunity to work or shadow in our education department.
How To Apply
The application period is currently closed. Applications will be accepted in October 2020. Please check back for instructions on how to apply.