Relief Veterinarian - Aquatic Animal Medicine, Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

The Department of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, is looking for a relief veterinarian to cover maternity leave from February 15, 2018 – June 15, 2018.  Three to five years of experience practicing aquatic animal medicine and experience with marine mammals is preferred. The veterinary team consists of the Vice President of Biological Programs, Chief Clinical Veterinarian (will be on leave), Associate Veterinarian, Veterinary Intern, Veterinary Technician, and Laboratory Manager. The relief veterinarian will work 5 days a week and alternate on-call duties with the Associate Veterinarian and Veterinary Intern.
 
The relief veterinarian will provide health care services and play a key role 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 relief veterinarian will participate in our rescue, rehabilitation, and release program for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. The relief veterinarian may be asked to assist husbandry staff in animal management related to nutritional, environmental, and exhibit needs of animals.  The relief veterinarian will share responsibility for mentoring the Veterinary Externs on rotation at the aquarium, as well as the Veterinary Intern.

Applicants should submit the following material to:

Allison Tuttle, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Vice President, Biological Programs
Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355
Email: atuttle@mysticaquarium.org

1) Cover letter.
2) Current curriculum vitae.

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

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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
Email: jflower@mysticaquarium.org

(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 jflower@mysticaquarium.org.

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

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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).

https://s1.goeshow.com/avma/annual/2018/abstract_submission.cfm

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
www.avma.org

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The 6th Florida Marine Mammal Meeting will be held from March 28 - 30, 2018 at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida. The title of the meeting might be a little misleading as it has evolved into an ecosystem conference with mammals as a leading subject but there is equally an emphasis on ecosystem health.

For more information, you can visit our website at http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/marinemammal18/.

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The University of Florida’s Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory (WAVDL) is hiring two postdoctoral research positions as described below. Interested postdoctoral candidates for job number 502975 should submit applications online and attach a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/502975/postdoctoral-associate. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications should be submitted by 11:55 pm (EDT) of the closing date August 6, 2017. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. 


Postdoctoral Research Position 1

The postdoctoral research position will support the WAVDL and the Cervidae Health Research Initiative (CHeRI) in the discovery and characterization of emerging pathogens negatively impacting Florida mammal populations with an emphasis on white-tailed deer (e.g., epizootic hemorrhagic disease, blue tongue virus, etc). The researcher will be exposed to UF faculty utilizing the latest phylogenomic approaches to study the epidemiology and evolution of these emerging pathogens. The position will assist in the development and orchestration of molecular diagnostics (e.g. qPCR, ISH, and metagenomics) to track these emerging pathogens. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record and individuals with grant writing experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Position 2

The postdoctoral research position will support the WAVDL and the UF Aquatic Animal Health Program in the discovery and characterization of emerging aquatic animal pathogens (EAAPs). The majority of the work will involve pathogens of Florida marine mammals (e.g., Morbillivirus, Toxoplasma, Salmonella). A minority of the work will involve EAAPs impacting other aquatic species (e.g. sea turtles and waterfowl) and Florida aquaculture. The researcher will be exposed to UF faculty utilizing the latest phylogenomic approaches to study the epidemiology and evolution of these emerging pathogens. The position will assist in the development and orchestration of molecular diagnostics (e.g. PCR, qPCR, ISH, and metagenomics) to track EAAPs. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record and individuals with grant writing experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.
 

 

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26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, WAAVP 2017

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
Expected Delegates: 800 delegates
Date: 4-8 September 2017

We are now calling for Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission for Poster Presentation until its deadline on 30th June 2017

On behalf of Dr. Ramlan Mohamed and Dr Chandrawathani Pandchadcharam, we wishes to seek your organization’s generous assistance to make the Conference a success. Therefore, any kind of participations from your organization will be most appreciated. We are confident that it will be beneficial to your esteemed organization. Please find below links for your kind perusal:

  1. Online Registration: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/register.php
  2. Online Abstract Submission: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/abstract-submission.php
  3. Download Sponsorship Prospectus: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/download/WAAVP_Sponsorship_23032017.pdf

Please be informed that all Malaysian Society of the Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) members and Malaysian Delegates can register at a reduced registration fee. Kindly proceed to our Online Registration Portal in order to know more on the Special Registration Fee details.

Should you need further information regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us or you may logon to our website at http://www.waavp2017kl.org/.

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The National Aquarium is looking for a second Associate Veterinarian to join our team. Duties include providing active and preventative veterinary care of collection animals (invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and stranded marine mammals/sea turtles. Prior experience with cetacean medicine desired but not required. Expected to perform retrospective reviews of clinical records for both animal care and publication use. Leading role in clinical training of veterinary students and veterinary fellow.

Close date for application: June 5, 2017.

Essential Functions:

  • Medical care of all collection animals (invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals) and stranded marine mammals/sea turtles. Prior experience with cetacean medicine preferred.
  • Performs clinical exams on collection animals including interpretation of diagnostics and ability to review and interpret water quality. Performs gross necropsies, cytologies, and appropriate sample collection for all classes of animals.
  • Develops management and treatment plans for collection animals including the incorporation of water quality and life support system into medical plans.
  • Updates and maintains clear, concise, and detailed electronic medical records in a timely manner.
  • Provides on-call coverage for collection animals as well as stranded marine animals under the care of our Animal Rescue team.
  • Evaluates, monitors, and executes preventative medicine practices for all collection animals.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely pre-shipment testing for animal acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Updates protocols and implements appropriate animal quarantine.
  • Writes and implements Standard Operating Protocols as directed by supervisor.
  • Monitors disease trends in the collection and works collaboratively with husbandry managers to address emergent issues.
  • Monitors and analyzes current husbandry practices as they relate to disease prevention and develops collaborative solutions with husbandry staff.
  • Oversight of nutrition program as directed by the supervisor, including working collaboratively with husbandry staff on natural history reviews as it pertains to captive diet modifications.
  • Familiarity with principles and application of positive reinforcement operant training in a zoo/aquarium setting.
  • Maintains communication with all relevant personnel and promotes continuing education.
    Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Maintains regular rounds with all the husbandry departments.
  • Provides in-house lectures on zoonotic disease and other relevant topics to staff.
  • Fosters a team-based approach to animal care.
  • Provides feedback to the Director of Animal Health on possible ways to improve animal care, communications with other departments, and standard operating procedures.
  • Performs and supports retrospective research projects and case reviews.
  • Performs background research (including literature searches and discussions with primary investigators) in order to provide the best veterinary care to collection animals.
  • Oversees implementation of Veterinary Preceptorship program including: reviews student applications; ensures that documents are up-to-date (manual, quiz, checklist, projects); oversees daily clinical work of students and provides training in veterinary medicine; provides student evaluation feedback.

Qualification/Position Requirements

  • Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent overseas degree) from an accredited university. If a graduate of a foreign school, must have a license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
  • Three years or more as a practicing clinician in a zoo or aquarium.
  • Maryland veterinary license within 3 months of starting.Ability to sign USDA Health Certificates for animal shipments within 3 months of starting.
  • Driver’s license for MD and ability to qualify to drive Aquarium vehicles.
  • Intermediate computer skills using MS Office; ability to learn and effectively use all proprietary Aquarium software.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include weekend and/or evening hours.
  • Ability to perform duties that may include walking or standing for extended periods, lifting…., climbing ladders, and working closely with others.

Desired

  • Completion of an internship in small or large animal medicine;
  • Completion of an internship and/or residency in aquatic/zoo animal medicine;
  • ACZM or ABVP board certified or eligible within 2 years.
  • Prior experience managing cetaceans in captivity.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM

Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture re-award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 35-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. It's Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action, and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY 

Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing HR@aqua.org.

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The Georgia Aquarium provides veterinary students the unique opportunity to gain experience in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. We are fortunate to have a nutritionist, full commissary staff, a water chemist, and team of veterinary and laboratory technicians.

There are three full-time clinical veterinarians and a veterinary resident. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have an established aquatic veterinary pathology program as well as a growing clinical partnership with the zoological medicine service. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital with equipment comparable to that found at a teaching hospital or specialty practice.

Preceptorships/externships lasting a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks are available. Preference will be given to 3rd and 4th-year students, but all students may apply. Work hours are typically 7:30 – 5:00 but may vary depending on the medical needs of the collection. The work week will be Monday to Friday. However, students should be flexible if asked to work on their weekend days.

Low-cost housing may be available but should not be expected. Students should provide their own transportation to and from the aquarium. There is limited public transportation. A current tetanus vaccination and health insurance are required.

Students will spend time working in the commissary, water quality laboratory, diagnostic laboratory, quarantine, and will assist in performing necropsies as well as assisting with clinical cases. Individuals are expected to complete a research or special project and give a PowerPoint presentation during the last week of the preceptorship. We will provide both required and recommended reading lists intended to broaden the student’s knowledge base in aquatic animal husbandry and clinical care.

Our externship program runs September through June similar to the academic year. All materials must be submitted by October 1st of the preceding academic year, with decisions being made by October 31st. Applications for the academic year Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 are due by October 1, 2017.

There are some dates externships may not be available so please provide 3 different sets of dates.

Required application materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume
  3. Veterinary School transcript, electronic copy (unofficial is acceptable)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. 3 sets of available dates in order of preference

Submit to clinical@georgiaaquarium.org with “Vet Extern Program” in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to check that their information packet is complete. Your application will be reviewed by Dr. Alexa McDermott, Dr. Chelsea Anderson, and Dr. Tonya Clauss.  

For additional questions or inquiries, please e-mail: clinical@georgiaaquarium.org.

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