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Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Veterinary Internship

Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Veterinary Internship

The Marine Mammal Center, in collaboration with the University of California at Davis, is seeking a Veterinary Intern to be based in Sausalito, California at The Marine Mammal Center. This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is desirable. Preference is given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience. The position is paid ($30,000/year) and includes health insurance and other benefits through UC Davis. Housing is available at no cost to the intern in a unit located within the Marin Headlands, and the house is shared during most of the year with veterinary residents, researchers, and student externs. The position is for a one-year term, with the possibility of a second year.

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 Internship

Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA with potential opportunities to work at our satellite facilities.

Program Description

The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Science department includes multiple full time veterinarians and veterinary technicians, a pathologist, and research and rescue staff. This position reports to the Director of Veterinary Science with day-to-day supervision by the Staff Veterinarian and also works closely with the entire Veterinary Science team. The Veterinary Intern’s responsibilities include providing medical management and care of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds), performing post mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. A research project and paper or case report is expected to be completed during the internship.

Intern Qualifications

  • This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is desirable.
  • Preference is given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience.
  • Applicants must provide proof of medical insurance
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate maturity and professional conduct at all times.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellent skills in communication, multi-tasking, be able to deal with ambiguity, and maintain composure under pressure.
  • Applicants must be able to accept long hours and unpredictable schedules, including weekends.
  • Applicants should possess practical computer knowledge with programs such as MS Word, Access, and Excel.
  • The center is a teaching hospital, accommodating large numbers of students each year. Applicants must be able to work well in a team setting with people of different backgrounds and nationalities. While we stride to provide each student with as much learning opportunities as possible, individual experience will depend on case load and how many students we have on site.
  • This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, be on your feet long hours and handle being outdoors in varying weather conditions. 
  • Applicants are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle report prior to acceptance into the internship.
  • Please note, that we reserve the right to terminate the internship at any time if needed.


Intern Schedule

The position is for a one-year term, with the possibility of a second year.

Work schedule must be flexible and may include evening shifts, weekends, and holidays.

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.


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.

 

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