Veterinary Technician Internship
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 has a paid staff of 55 and a volunteer staff of ~1200 and collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world.
The Veterinary Technician Team is currently recruiting applicants for our Veterinary Technician Internships. This position works with veterinary staff as well as the Center’s animal care volunteers to provide veterinary care for our patients, which consists of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetaceans and sea otters. This position is unpaid and applicants are responsible for their own accommodations and transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.
Location of Internship
Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA with potential opportunities to work at our satellite facilities.
The Veterinary Technician Internship is an exciting opportunity for students in a veterinary technician program and or licensed veterinary technicians who are interested in increasing their technical skills, gaining experience and knowledge as a technician in veterinary medicine, learning about the behavior, rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. Interns will be responsible for helping with the daily procedures of the hospital including helping to prepare, monitor, and expedite large amounts of exams and procedures that may require sedation or anesthesia. Interns will assist and work directly with the staff technicians on duty to ensure all the daily tasks and preparation for the next day are complete. Interns will be assigned to work on an animal care crew one day a week to gain husbandry experience. Duties on crew include, but are not limited to, animal handling, pen cleaning, medical charting, feeding, and medication preparation and administration. Other responsibilities include attending training classes, data entry, maintaining/restocking medical inventory, and assorted miscellaneous tasks. In addition, interns may also have the opportunity to work or shadow in other departments and to participate in marine mammal rescues, releases, and other field responses as available.
Due to the cyclic nature of our patients we only have Veterinary Technician Internships available from February through September. Each internship opportunity may vary slightly depending upon our patient load and what opportunities are available. During the internship students will be on their own trajectory, independent of any other students, depending upon their capabilities and experience.
Each internship is a minimum of 8 weeks with a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns must be able to work 3-5 days a week, at least 24-40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include evening shifts, weekends, and holidays. Based upon different technician program requirements. Exceptions may be made for internship length and hours per week, upon acceptance into the internship.
The weekly schedule of the internship will consist of:
- 1 Day a Week: Participating on an Animal Care Crew helping with the husbandry and care of animals on site
- 1 Day a Week: Alternating each week between the Clinical Lab and Necropsy
- 1-3 Days a Week: Participating in Clinical Rotations: This includes exams, procedures, sedation and anesthesia (This is variable depending on additional opportunities.)
Once accepted into the program you will receive a more detailed schedule
Additional Internship Opportunities
Additional opportunities may include traveling down to our satellite facilities, Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing and San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay. Interns 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 intern’s interest and ability to travel to these locations.) If interested there is also the opportunity to work or shadow in our education department
Additional Internship Opportunities
Additional opportunities may include traveling down to our satellite facilities, Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing and San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay. Interns 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 intern’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
Interested qualified applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below. Applicants will be required to submit the application along with a CV, resume, and two letters of recommendation, two references, and proof of medical insurance. Please note that one of the letters of recommendation must be from an instructor. Please click on the link below to apply.
Internship Application Dates
|Internship Period||Application Deadline||Interviews||Notification of Acceptance||Application Link|
|February - September||January 31, 2021||Upon review of application within 1-2 weeks of application submission||March 1, 2021||Application period closed.|
*Start and end dates are variable and dependent upon the schools requirements