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.


  • 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.


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.


Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing