Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine & Research - Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

The Department of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, is sponsoring a one-year Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research. Applicants for the internship should be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary college or ECFVG certified. All applicants should have successfully passed the NAVLE and possess or be eligible for a Connecticut state veterinary license. Preference will be given to applicants with postgraduate clinical experience in a practice or internship setting. Entry level familiarity with ultrasound, radiology, and endoscopy systems is expected. The stipend for the position is expected to be $40,000 per annum plus benefits.
The successful applicant will assist the veterinary staff in the diagnosis and treatment of medical cases from the Aquarium's extensive collection of invertebrates, fresh and saltwater fishes, reptiles, amphibians, penguins, seals, sea lions, and beluga whales. In addition, the intern will participate in our rescue, rehabilitation, and release program for stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. Collateral opportunities at cooperating area academic, government, and private industry laboratories as well as zoos are possible and encouraged. The intern will have an opportunity to develop teaching skills by his/her involvement in the Aquarium's veterinary externship program and at informal seminars and college lectures. The intern will be expected to pursue one or more clinical or research projects and to prepare the results for presentation to our staff and at a relevant professional meeting, as well as for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Upon invitation, a second year in the internship may be possible.  Past interns have gone on to acceptance into well-recognized residency and graduate programs or employment in the field of aquatic or zoological medicine.

Applicants should submit the following material to:

Jen Flower, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM
Chief Clinical Veterinarian
Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc.
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355

(For ease of submission, it is recommended that application materials be sent electronically via email.)

  1. A cover letter/statement reflecting the applicant's goals in the area of aquatic animal medicine and research and reason for the application to the Internship program.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A current transcript from the veterinary school and any post-baccalaureate program which he/she has attended.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic performance and his/her potential in the clinical and research arenas. At least two of the letters must be written by a veterinarian.

Applications are due no later the Friday, December 1, 2017.
A decision will be made prior to January 19, 2018.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us for a tour of our facilities and a chance to meet with our staff prior to the application deadline.   Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Flower by e-mail at

A general orientation to our facility and programs can be obtained by viewing our web page Mystic Aquarium is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer.