The American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) recognizes the burgeoning cost of veterinary education coupled with the fact that most veterinary schools do not provide training in aquatic veterinary medicine. Thus, the AAFV Student Scholarship Program has been established to assist veterinary students in their quest to increase their experience and training in aquatic veterinary medicine, specifically fish. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in aquatic programs, short courses, externships, conferences and presentations and research projects. The AAFV Executive Board and Student Scholarship Committee has set the amount for each scholarship at $500. The number of scholarships offered each year will be dependent on available funds. Scholarships will be presented once a calendar year and need to be used within one year of being awarded.

Eligibility for Scholarships:

  • AAFV Student Member, including those enrolled in graduate school, internships and residencies 
  • AAFV Member not more than 1 year after graduation
  • Previous recipients are not eligible
  • Recipients must also submit a written report about their experience to the AAFV Student Scholarship Committee within one month of completion of their experience.

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The University of Padova, through funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Courses. During the 3-year doctorate program, successful candidates are entitled to full board and lodging.

In this call, it is possible to propose a Ph.D. research program focused on marine mammals’ veterinary medicine and, more, in particular, anatomy, physiology, pathology and diseases. The possible candidate, if successful in the selection will work within the Italian Stranding Network, cooperating with the Mediterranean Marine Mammals Tissue Bank and the Cetaceans’ stranding Emergency Response Team ( 

If interested, all the information could be found on the following webpage: selecting the Ph.D. Program in Veterinary Sciences - Research Topic Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (


The American College of Animal Welfare ( is sponsoring its Fourth Annual Animal Welfare Short Course June 7-9, 2017, to be held at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine (

Lecture topics will include welfare ethics, conducting welfare assessments, welfare of aquatic species, and shelter welfare issues. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bernie Rollin. The course will be of interest to veterinarians seeking to improve their knowledge of Animal Welfare topics, as well as those preparing for ACAW Board Certification.  

More information may be found at: .


SeaWorld® Parks & Resorts™ is seeking Hospital Managers for each of the following locations

  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • SeaWorld San Diego

Salary: $51,950.00 - $64,938.00

Job Description:

Primary Purpose and Function of the Job

  • Ensure the efficient and successful functionality of the veterinary hospital, diagnostic lab, necropsy and Nutrition Center.  
  • Oversee all daily laboratory operations and supply/equipment management.  
  • Supervise veterinary technicians, hospital keepers, registrar and Nutrition Center staff. 

Requirements and Competencies

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in science or management field
  • Must have at least five years of experience in a medical or veterinary field
  • Must have at least three years of experience in a manager or supervisory role
  • Must have the ability to interact with media, zoo employees and guests and appropriately represent the company
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must be conservation oriented
  • Must be able to demonstrate a commitment to company values and safety
  • Must have strong computer skills including working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications
  • Must be ability to utilize computerized medical record keeping systems
  • Must be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work or stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to work indoors/outdoors with or without A/C for entire shift
  • Must be able to bend, reach, twist and turn with complete flexibility
  • Must be available to work varying shifts/hours based on business need, to include opening, mid-, and closing shifts; weekends, and holidays

Desired Qualifications

  • Professional certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician or Certified Veterinary Practice Manager preferred
  • AZA or Affiliate accredited zoo experience preferred

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with development and implementation of area and department goals
  • Communicate professionally and openly within zoo and park-wide staff; liaison between veterinarians and support staff
  • Depending on qualifications, participate in the chemical restraint team and assist in duties of veterinary technician role
  • Maintain a clear understanding of safety SOPs and ensure compliance from support staff
  • Promote guest interactions and the Explore-Inspire-Act guest experience
  • Promote team environment and provide conflict mediation when necessary; develop and promote ambassador recognition and motivation
  • Acquire and maintain knowledge of corporate employee policies and departmental SOPs.
  • Oversee compliance with area SOPs including animal husbandry and update with assistance from team
  • Maintain inventory and conduct all departmental purchasing and relevant communications
  • Ensure maintenance of equipment and supply needs
  • Assist with preparing and monitoring budget
  • Conduct team meetings and attend zoo leadership meetings
  • Facilitate wildlife rehabilitation program
  • Develop knowledge and ability to act as back-up registrar (e.g., permit acquisition, local/state/federal regulation, licensing)
  • Submit work orders for facility maintenance
  • Maintain equipment warranties, service contracts, and equipment maintenance
  • Coordinate with the education department regarding scheduling and implementation of programming needs
  • Speak on behalf of the company during media relations events, as needed
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned

More information and online applications available at


The Vancouver Aquarium is currently accepting applications for Veterinary Externships for May-October 2018. Located in the heart of beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost centers for aquatic education, research and conservation. We have an exciting opportunity for veterinary students to work in our Animal Health Department.  Veterinary externs will work closely with the Vancouver Aquarium’s veterinary staff, which includes a board-certified veterinarian, veterinary intern, and two veterinary technicians, in the medical management of a large captive display collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish.  The veterinary extern will also assist the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management for approximately 150 live-stranded marine mammals (mostly harbour seals) which are cared for by the Vancouver Aquarium. 

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Become a Sea Life Park Intern

Sea Life Park Hawai'i offers several types of unpaid internship opportunities near Honolulu, including Marine Mammal Care & Training, Seabird Care & Rehabilitation, Veterinary Technician, and Educator Experiences. We will be happy to work with your college or university to develop a program tied to your academic goals.  Our internships are ideal for students who love marine animals and want hands–on experience working with them. Our interns will also have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of animal training through a unique phase training program. All of our internships require our interns to participate in food preparation for the animals of the park, so applicants must be comfortable working with frozen fish.

Internship Opportunities

Aloha Experience
Aloha interns will get to work primarily with dolphins. These interns have the opportunity to assist with dolphin training, husbandry, interactive programs, and observe some of our younger dolphins learning new behaviors. If your main focus is dolphins and learning about guest interactions, this is the internship for you! 

Lagoon Experience
Dolphin Lagoon interns will work with dolphins and sea lions involved in our shows, exhibits, and interactive programs. These interns get to assist in training, husbandry, and interactive sessions with dolphins; as well as learn basic showmanship and show production skills during the daily Sea Life Park Hawai'i Dolphin Lagoon Show. Interns also assist in the daily training, care, and educational presentations with our sea lions and penguins.

Hawaiian Experience
Interns in the Hawaiian Experience get to assist with husbandry, training, and shows involving our dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Interns may also assist with basic husbandry of our Hawaiian monk seal, and help trainers during our sea lion interactive program. If you are interested in shows and have a love for sea lions this is the internship for you! 

Educator Experience
Education interns will work with our in-house and outreach education programs. In our classroom, interns have the opportunity to assist with program instruction and curriculum development at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Interns also participate in park activities, the development of educational and interactive displays, and community programs. This experience allows interns to participate in a wide variety of activities, as well as learn all of what Sea Life Park Hawaii has to offer.

Veterinary Technician Experience
Interns will work with a large variety of marine mammals, as well as penguins, sea turtles, reef fish, and seabirds. In our veterinary department, interns assist our staff with the husbandry and treatment of all animals housed in the park. Interns also help with lab procedures, sample processing, and record keeping. 

Wings Experience
Interns work with a large variety of healthy and rehabilitating seabirds. At our Seabird Sanctuary, interns assist in the husbandry and treatment of non-releasable species of seabirds. At our Seabird Rehabilitation Center, interns help our veterinary staff with seabird medical treatments, husbandry, and reintroduction into the wild.

Internship Program Candidate Requirements

Candidates must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be enrolled in or have graduated from a university or college
  3. Commit to the full internship time period
  4. Be able to financially support her or himself (Internships are unpaid, but lunches are included daily).
  5. Have strong swimming skills and be physically able to work in in-water interactive programs with marine mammals and other species
  6. Be comfortable with public speaking
  7. Be comfortable handling frozen fish

Accepted applicants must:

  1. Attend all required seminars and training courses
  2. Commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week (including nights and weekends)
  3. Be able to lift 50lbs.

Applications Submissions

Application Packets must include:

  • Application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcript(s) – an unofficial copy is fine
  • Statement of interest: 
  • CV or resume

Statement of Interest
Please include a 1–2 page typed statement of interest that explains your reasons for applying, your background information, your interests, your academic and field related experiences, and your personal goals for the Sea Life Park Hawai'i internship.

Submission Instructions
To apply for a Sea Life Park Hawai'i Internship Program, download and complete the application below, attach all required materials, and mail to the address below or to:

Download Internship application

Education Supervisor
Sea Life Park Hawai'i
41-202 Kalaniana'ole Highway #7
Waimanalo, Hawai'i 96795

Internship Availability Dates: May 16-August 15, 2017

Application Deadline: Feb. 17, 2017