Apply now for September 2017 – June 2018

Time commitment: minimum 6 - 8 Week Rotations

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The New England Aquarium offers a unique experience to 3rd & 4th-year veterinary students by offering the opportunity to work in both a museum/institutional setting and in the field of aquatic animal medicine.

The Animal Health Department at the New England aquarium consists of a staff of 7 employees and serves to provide an optimal veterinary and preventive health program for collection and stranded/injured aquatic animals. The department includes 3 full-time veterinarians, 1 certified veterinary technician, 2 biologists, and a lab office supervisor. 

Six to eight-week rotations are available for 3rd and 4th-year veterinary students to complete veterinary externships in aquatic animal medicine at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA. Clinical work at the off-site Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA may be required based on case load.

Rotations are a comprehensive introduction into aquatic animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Students are rotated through all areas of the aquarium, which includes working with fish, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, environmental quality and marine animal rescue/rehabilitation. 

Students are expected to produce a case report, research paper, and a 20-30 minute PowerPoint presentation for each. 

Externships are available from September 1 through June 30. Summer rotations are not available. Deadline for preferred application October 1; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Because of limited availability, veterinary students should apply up to a year in advance.