Summary: In this unpaid externship, students will work with veterinary staff to gain clinical experience with animals that are rescued or managed under professional care. Students will gain wide exposure to a variety of animals, including mega-vertebrates, hoofstock, large carnivores, non-human primates, birds, small mammals, and reptiles. Where feasible, specific emphasis will be placed on the rescue and rehabilitation of Florida manatees.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the veterinary staff, students will:

  • Participate in all aspects of zoological medicine, including medical and surgical treatment, preventative medicine, quarantine protocols, pathology, and daily case rounds.
  • Review medical records and anesthetic protocols, monitor anesthesia, complete physical examinations, collect and interpret diagnostics, and develop treatment plans for cases in which they participate.
  • Assist the veterinarians and veterinary technicians with all medical procedures during their rotation.

Students are expected to complete a project in alignment with ongoing clinical research or explore a clinical topic during their time. A presentation is to be given by the student at the conclusion of the program.

Timing, Expected Duration, and Commitment:

The Zoo anticipates accepting only one extern per season, with the expected duration of 4 to 6 weeks. The available slots are listed below, with the actual externship period to be scheduled with the selected candidate within the time block on a mutual agreement:

  • Fall (September to November)
  • Spring (March to May)
  • Summer (June to August)

Selected students can expect a 5 day work week including one weekend day, with the possibility of on-call for receiving rescued manatees and/or other potential emergencies.

Allied Institutions: Depending on time and interest, rotations to The Florida Aquarium and Clearwater Marine Aquarium may be available. Regular visits are also made to the Ellie Shiller Homosassa Spring State Wildlife Park.

Application Materials: Apply online at Requirements include a curriculum vitae, letter of intent, 3 letters of recommendation, veterinary school transcript, and available dates within the term requested. Please upload all materials into the online application. Letters of recommendation only can be emailed to

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted continuously, but it is highly recommended that an application is submitted 12 months prior to the expected rotation.

Compensation: Unpaid

Housing and Transportation: No housing is provided. Recommend students have their own personal vehicle. Free parking is available at the zoo.

Insurance: Students must provide proof of medical insurance (externs are considered Zoo volunteers and are not covered by Zoo workers compensation coverage)

Other Requirements:

If selected, candidates must also:

  • Provide proof of tetanus within last six months, negative tuberculin skin test or equivalent, and rabies vaccination
  • Successfully complete criminal background screening at extern’s cost (typically $25, but fees may apply in certain jurisdictions checked)
  • Execute a required hold harmless/liability release agreement
  • Completing onsite intern orientation and policy review

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be currently enrolled veterinary students in the third or fourth year of training with interest in zoo/aquatic and wildlife medicine.
  • Possess a sincere desire to work with both animals and guests
  • Excellent communications and customer relations skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently, and within a team environment
  • Professional attire is required
  • Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing
  • Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively
  • Physical capacity to perform tasks described above

Other Requirements

  • Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish 
August 12-17, 2018
MDI Biological Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine 

This is a short course for veterinarians, technicians, trainees, principal investigators, and core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research. The course is directed by Michael Kent, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. Course faculty includes Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D., Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine; Christian Lawrence, M.S., Children’s Hospital Boston; and Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University. 

The course is offered at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park. It is intended to help laboratory technicians, researchers, and veterinarians monitor and maintain the health of a colony of aquatic organisms, focusing on zebrafish. This course is appropriate for veterinarians and veterinary trainees, as well as technical staff, students, postdocs, and investigators. 

The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises with a high faculty to student ratio, and discussion. During the course, there are ample opportunities for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises. 

This course is now approved by the AAVSB RACE (American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education) to offer a total of *35 CE* (Continuing Education) Credits to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of both category 1 (Scientific) and 3 (Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development). 

For more information, visit the MDI Biological Laboratory course page or email the Education Office at



This is a one-year program designed to train post-graduate veterinarians in the emerging field of aquatic animal health.  Specifically, this program will train candidates to integrate expertise in aquatic animal medicine into the broader fields of animal, human, and ecosystem health, through experiences from aquaculture, fisheries, public aquaria, companion animal medicine, academia, and research.  An additional goal of the fellowship program is to increase the diversity of veterinarians involved in aquatic animal medicine.  Candidates are encouraged to address this and how their selection will help achieve enhanced diversity.

This position is based in Davis, CA, but will require travel throughout California for specialized training.  As directed by on-site collaborators, the fellow shares clinical, research and teaching responsibility for UC Davis aquatic animal health program, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA Academy of Sciences, and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Although most of the work will focus on teleost fish medicine, the fellow will gain experience from the diverse caseload consisting of elasmobranchs, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates housed or cultured in the different institutions or in collaborating laboratories or aquaculture farms.

Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scale, in accordance with current Intern Salary scale. A full-benefits package consisting of medical/dental and vision plans will also be offered. The fellow is required to relocate during the different rotations. Some funds are available to support some of the travel and relocation expenses.

The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work in a team atmosphere. Evidence of recent research, scholarly productivity, and experience in aquatic animal, zoo, exotic and/or laboratory animal medicine are preferred.  Applicants for the fellowship should be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary college or be ECFVG certified and be eligible for California veterinary licensure.

National and international applicants are welcome. Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum scores required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis are 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) or 104 on the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT). TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by UC Davis. The minimum overall band score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 7.0 on a 9-point scale. IELTS scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by UC Davis.

Candidate must be eligible for a TN (Mexico and Canada) or J-1 visa with no bars or home country requirement. J-1 scholars must have adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of their appointment. While the hospital will initially pay the cost of the VISA application fee(s), fee(s) for visa documents are due at the time of your arrival and should be made payable to the VMTH. The Office of the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer (CVMO) will contact you to arrange for payment. At this time, payments can be made by check or cash.

SPECIAL NOTE: As of mid-2017, the California Veterinary Medical Board will require all veterinarians working at the University of California, Davis with primary patient care duties to hold a special University license. To obtain this University license, veterinarians that are not licensed in the state of California will be required to take a 3-day course on regionally-important diseases and a short open-book jurisprudence test, in addition to being background checked. The course will be given on-site at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine early in the course of your training program (dates to be determined). The cost of licensure will be the responsibility of the trainee (currently $290). This limited license only permits individuals to work in California as veterinarians for University-related practice. Although veterinarians that do not have hands-on patient care duty (e.g., anatomic pathologists, clinical pathologists) are not required to hold this license, obtaining the license is encouraged whenever your activities may have an impact on animal-owning members of the public. If in doubt, please contact the Office of the CVMO for clarification.

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute are affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and we welcome diversity in science. 

How To Apply:

Immediate availability is desirable. To receive the fullest consideration, applications must be received by April 1st, 2018. The position is open until filled. E-mailed applications will be considered immediately. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications and experiences and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses of three professional references to



The 8th ISAAH will take place in Charlottetown PEI Canada from Sept 2-6th 2018. Both WAVMA and AAFV are sponsoring special continuing education sessions at the ISAAH meeting, and we will as well have several workshops which will be credited for veterinary CE. The website is isaah2018 and the site is now open for both Registration and Abstract submissions.


The Mystic Aquarium-UConn Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program is accepting applications for summer 2018. This REU is a unique and exciting collaboration that offers students unprecedented research opportunities studying how global change affects the marine food web.
     - Details and Application:
     - Reviewed on rolling basis until March 16, 2018
     - Ten Week program; June 4-August 10, 2018
     - $550 living and $100 food stipend per week per student
     - Housing and transportation included
     - Eligibility: US citizens, US naturals, or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate degree program for fall 2018 semester
We are excited to accept motivated and talented students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds and from institutes where research opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines are limited.
If you have any questions please contact the directors: Dr. Tracy Romano ( or Dr. Michael Finiguerra ( with subject line REU 2018.



Dear Colleagues,

Conference Series LLC welcomes you to attend 10th World Congress on Veterinary & Animal Science held during May 18-19, 2018 at Osaka, Japan with the theme “Advances in Veterinary & Animal Science”

This international meet (Veterinary Congress 2018) anticipates hundreds of delegates including keynote speakers, Oral presentations by renowned speakers and poster presentations by students besides delegates around the world. This conference perhaps a giant event that creates an ideal platform to share expertise addressing current advancements involved in Veterinary & Animal Science. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all the delegates as it provides an international networking opportunity to collaborate with the world-class veterinary & animal science associations.

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Dolphins Plus, Inc. is recruiting for a Veterinary Internship position beginning February 2018 for a one year position. The qualified candidate will become an integral part of our medical team, caring for 19 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and 2 California Sea lions at two locations in the upper Florida Keys. In addition to working with these amazing animals, the position will also involve study related to animal nutrition, small exotic medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation.

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Adventure Aquarium offers 3rd and 4th-year veterinary students an immersive opportunity in aquatic medicine through a 4-week externship program.  Students will work alongside the staff veterinarian, veterinary technician, and husbandry staff while rotating through Animal Health, Fish and Invertebrates, Birds and Mammals, and Water Quality teams.  Clinical cases may involve elasmobranchs, fish, sea turtles, penguins, hippos and much more!  Students are required to complete a short research project, in-depth topical literature review, or retrospective case analysis followed by a Powerpoint presentation to the Husbandry team.  Externships are available June through September.  Proof of health insurance, drug screen, and background check are required prior to starting the rotation.  Deadline for applications is December 31st.


Required Application Materials:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Unofficial electronic veterinary school transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 3 sets of available dates in order of preference

Please send complete application packets to


Ocean Wise is a globally recognized leader in connecting people to our natural world. As a not-for-profit organization, our team contributes to meaningful work that matters. We take pride in the steps we take towards conserving aquatic life every day. Our focus on engaging visitors, connecting students, facilitating direct action and understanding the world around us contributes to protecting our world’s oceans.


Reporting to the Staff Veterinarian, the Veterinary Fellow will assist the veterinary staff in providing medical management for a large captive display collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish as well as approximately 150 live-stranded marine mammals (mostly harbour seals) which are cared for by the Vancouver Aquarium (an Ocean Wise initiative).

This is a one-year position beginning in July 2018 for a veterinarian interested in pursuing specialized training in aquatic animal medicine.

As part of the application process, please email a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, and veterinary transcripts to

Application deadline: December 1st, 2017. Decisions will be made by Jan 12, 2018.

Visit this listing on the Vancouver Aquarium Careers website.


The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2018 AQUAVET® I, II & III Programs.  They are aquatic veterinary medicine education programs (introductory and advanced) that will be presented at various venues in 2018. Veterinary students can receive credits for the course and graduate veterinarians can receive CE credits. Specific information can be found at

Applications are due by January 15, 2018.


The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared to implement training programs of their own.

This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time, between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork and is required to have an international driver’s license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.

The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part-time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post-mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise. 

If qualified, applicants should submit the following materials through the Recruiterbox website (

  • A current curriculum vitae, limited to 4 pages.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance. An email address will be provided for references once the applicant has submitted an application.
  •  Written responses to the following questions:
  1. Why are you the best candidate for our next Veterinarian In-Residence?   
  2. Please describe in detail the experience you have as a clinician (any species).
  3. Please describe in detail your experience working with marine mammals. Describe experience with both live and dead marine mammals, in the wild and/or in captive care.
  4. Please describe in detail any research experience you have.
  5. Please describe current marine mammal stranding response in your country.
  6. How do you hope the IVIR program will help you to achieve your future goals? What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Applications are due by Friday, November 24th, 2017. A selection will be made in the beginning of January 2018.

More information about the IVIR program can be found here:


MARVET Cayman is very excited to have the opportunity to offer two (2) scholarship opportunities for Veterinarians and Veterinary Students from Developing Countries. The scholarship will cover the entire tuition cost for the workshop ($2000 USD) which will run from July 16-27, 2018.

Click here to view our brochure.

For further details please contact Dr. Samantha Shields at


The deadline is approaching for CROW’s veterinary internship!

Each year, CROW's nonprofit hospital and rehabilitation center provides care for ~ 4000 patients representing over 200 species of native and migratory birds, mammals, and reptiles (including sea turtles) on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast. Our mission is to advance the health, welfare, and conservation of wildlife through research, education, and cutting-edge medical and surgical care. The program is 1 year in duration. Two positions are available; one through the VIRMP that starts July 1 and one outside the match that starts January 1 every year.

The deadline for application is October 15, 2017 for the January 1, 2018-start position. Interested applicants should send a letter of intent, CV, and 3 letters of reference to For more information please visit



Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine & Research - Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

The Department of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, is sponsoring a one-year Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research. Applicants for the internship should be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary college or ECFVG certified. All applicants should have successfully passed the NAVLE and possess or be eligible for a Connecticut state veterinary license. Preference will be given to applicants with postgraduate clinical experience in a practice or internship setting. Entry level familiarity with ultrasound, radiology, and endoscopy systems is expected. The stipend for the position is expected to be $40,000 per annum plus benefits.
The successful applicant will assist the veterinary staff in the diagnosis and treatment of medical cases from the Aquarium's extensive collection of invertebrates, fresh and saltwater fishes, reptiles, amphibians, penguins, seals, sea lions, and beluga whales. In addition, the intern will participate in our rescue, rehabilitation, and release program for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. Collateral opportunities at cooperating area academic, government, and private industry laboratories as well as zoos are possible and encouraged. The intern will have an opportunity to develop teaching skills by his/her involvement in the Aquarium's veterinary externship program and at informal seminars and college lectures. The intern will be expected to pursue one or more clinical or research projects and to prepare the results for presentation to our staff and at a relevant professional meeting, as well as for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Upon invitation, a second year in the internship may be possible.  Past interns have gone on to acceptance into well-recognized residency and graduate programs or employment in the field of aquatic or zoological medicine.

Applicants should submit the following material to:

Jen Flower, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM
Chief Clinical Veterinarian
Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355

(For ease of submission, it is recommended that application materials be sent electronically via email.)

  1. A cover letter/statement reflecting the applicant's goals in the area of aquatic animal medicine and research and reason for the application to the Internship program.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A current transcript from the veterinary school and any post-baccalaureate program which he/she has attended.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic performance and his/her potential in the clinical and research arenas. At least two of the letters must be written by a veterinarian.

Applications are due no later the Friday, December 1, 2017.
A decision will be made prior to January 19, 2018.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us for a tour of our facilities and a chance to meet with our staff prior to the application deadline.   Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Flower by e-mail at

A general orientation to our facility and programs can be obtained by viewing our web page Mystic Aquarium is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer.


The AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee is happy to invite you to submit abstract(s) to be considered for the 2018 AVMA Convention (Denver, Colorado – July 13-17). AVMA is now accepting session (oral) and poster proposals for the general program at the AVMA Convention 2018. Abstracts for proposed presentations will need to be submitted online before Saturday, September 30, 2017.  

Instructions for submitting abstracts are below and attached.  To be sure presentations are included in the aquatic veterinary sessions, when submitting an abstract be sure you indicate it is for the “Food Animal/Equine” Track and “Aquatic” sub-track (non-food aquatic including pet fish, aquarium, ornamental fish, invertebrates, aquatic amphibians, aquatic birds presentations are all included in this Track).

AVMA typically provides free registration to speakers, and some funds depending on the number of presentations accepted (4 presentations typically cover a speaker’s travel, hotel, and other costs). Abstract submitters can expect to hear if their submissions have been accepted in late 2017

Best regards,

AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee