The Marine Mammal Center veterinary externship program provides veterinary students in their final/clinical year of school the opportunity to gain exposure to marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. Under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, students will participate in animal husbandry, stranding response, daily clinical rounds, recordkeeping, veterinary diagnostics, surgical and anesthetic procedures, and necropsies. The student will complete a project during the externship and present the results to the staff and volunteers. 

The veterinary externship program is only open to students who will be in their fourth/clinical year of veterinary studies at the time of their stay at The Marine Mammal Center. Each extern is scheduled for a 3 week block between April 1st and September 15th, with an option for a 4th week if required by school.

Externships are unpaid positions. Shared housing is available for a $50.00 per week fee at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands. Transportation is the extern's responsibility. There is no public transportation to the Center. Priority for preferred externship dates is determined according to rank during the selection process. Ranking is based on the above criteria, and a demonstrated interest in marine mammal medicine.

Applications for externships between April 1st and September 15, 2015 are due by January 1, 2014.

Please email the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent, including 3 blocks of preferred dates
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of verification from school if 4th week is required

Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Feb 15, 2014.

Email application materials to:


Dr. Shawn Johnson
Director of Veterinary Science
The Marine Mammal Center 
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965