The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared to implement training programs of their own.
This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time, between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork and is required to have an international driver’s license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.
The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part-time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post-mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise.
- A current curriculum vitae, limited to 4 pages.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance. An email address will be provided for references once the applicant has submitted an application.
- Written responses to the following questions:
- Why are you the best candidate for our next Veterinarian In-Residence?
- Please describe in detail the experience you have as a clinician (any species).
- Please describe in detail your experience working with marine mammals. Describe experience with both live and dead marine mammals, in the wild and/or in captive care.
- Please describe in detail any research experience you have.
- Please describe current marine mammal stranding response in your country.
- How do you hope the IVIR program will help you to achieve your future goals? What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Applications are due by Friday, November 24th, 2017. A selection will be made in the beginning of January 2018.
More information about the IVIR program can be found here:http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/science/ivir/