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The Marine Mammal Center is the largest marine mammal teaching hospital and a critical training ground for veterinary professionals from around the world, combining high-quality animal care with a hands-on learning environment.

Veterinary professionals can apply for a competitive months-long internship or externship, residency or international veterinary fellowship, giving veterinarians and marine science students worldwide a chance to learn and train alongside experts onsite at The Marine Mammal Center. 

Our Teaching Hospital combines practical experience, innovative medicine and meaningful professional collaboration between the Center’s staff and visiting veterinary and marine science students, interns and residents. 


Learning Opportunities for Veterinary Professionals

Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Veterinary Internship

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The Veterinarian Internship is an opportunity to provide medical management and care for a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds), perform post-mortem examinations, collect samples for various research projects, keep patient records, and complete a research project and paper or case report.

We are currently accepting applications for an August 2021 start date.

International Veterinary Fellowship

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The International Veterinary Fellowship Program offers marine mammal veterinarians from across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. 

Fellows train for three months at our state-of-the-art animal care hospital in Sausalito, California, focusing on animal rescue, husbandry, medicine and necropsy. 

Priority is given to applicants from countries with underdeveloped rehabilitation and conservation initiatives, and participants will gain the experience needed to implement training programs in their home countries.

Due the ongoing worldwide pandemic, we are not able to accept applicants in 2021. We hope to open the application process again in October 2021 for our 2022 program.

Veterinary Student Externship

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The Veterinary Student Externship is an opportunity for veterinary students in their final/clinical year to gain experience in animal husbandry, veterinary examination and diagnostic procedures, surgical and anesthetic procedures, recordkeeping, daily clinical rounds and necropsies.  

Due the ongoing worldwide pandemic, we are not able to accept applicants in 2021. We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 program.

Veterinary Technician Internship

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The Veterinary Technician Internship is an exciting opportunity for students in a veterinary technician program or licensed veterinary technicians who are interested in increasing their technical skills, gaining experience and knowledge as a technician in veterinary medicine, and learning about the behavior, rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals.

Due the ongoing worldwide pandemic, we are not able to accept applicants in 2021. We hope to open the application process again in October 2021 for our 2022 program.

Science & Research Internship

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The Science & Research Internship is an opportunity to assist with necropsy sample collection, improve the data integrity in our patient databases, track and optimize the storage of archived specimens, and catalogue scientific publications.

Marine Mammal Rescue & Response Internship

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The Rescue & Response Internship is an opportunity to learn rescue and response operations, work in an organization alongside experts in veterinary medicine, research and ocean conservation, and gain experience in marine mammal rehabilitation and husbandry working with seal and sea lion patients. Internships available in Sausalito and Moss Landing, California.

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