INTERNATIONAL VETERINARY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
AT THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER (SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, USA)
The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
WHAT MOTIVATES OUR WORK
The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.
To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary Fellowship Program (IVFP) 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 provided for food and incidentals. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at The Marine Mammal Center 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 Center/National Park Service will support a J-1 visa for training period and require the Fellow 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, four veterinary technicians, a medical technologist, pathologist, 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 the Center, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past Fellows have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners.
Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise.
If qualified, applicants should submit the following materials through the website:
Please be prepared to answer the following questions when completing the application:
Applications are due by Friday, December 13th. A selection will be made in the beginning of January 2020.
For more information on The Marine Mammal Center please visit our website:
More information about the IVFP program can be found here: