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.
Fellowship in Marine Mammal Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center (the Center), the world’s largest marine mammal teaching and research hospital, Sausalito, CA, announces the availability of a one year continuing, full-time, Fellowship position in Marine Mammal Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. The position is open from January 1, 2020. Minimum qualifications include a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college, completion of an anatomic pathology veterinary residency training program, and ACVP/ECVP board certification or eligibility. Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience in aquatic animal (particularly vertebrates) pathology who are Diplomates of the ACVP or ECVP. Primary responsibilities will emphasize gross and microscopic diagnoses of cases originating from the animals rescued by the Center and admitted to the hospital for rehabilitation (mostly pinnipeds), carcasses (whales, dolphins, porpoises, southern sea otters, pinnipeds or sea turtles) found on approximately 600 miles of the central California coast that encompasses the Center's stranding range, and cases submitted for diagnostic pathology by The Monterey Bay Aquarium or other affiliated agencies such as California Fish and Wildlife, the Marin River Otter Project etc. The Fellow will interact daily with staff of the Veterinary Science Department, including the department director, chief pathologist, staff veterinarian, clinical fellow, clinical intern, necropsy manager, laboratory manager, laboratory scientist, research interns and various volunteers. Opportunities exist, and are encouraged, to conduct independent or collaborative research projects on marine mammal/vertebrate diseases in a wide variety of species and pursue advanced molecular diagnostic testing on case materials in our on-site laboratory and in collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, UCSF and other Bay Area institutions. The department participates in weekly histopathology slide conferences (all species) and bi-weekly zoo and wildlife histopathology slide conference with UC Davis faculty and residents and regular continuing education with the Annual West Coast Veterinary Pathology Conference. The fellow will have the potential to present original research or case material at national or international conferences hosted by various professional bodies such as the International Aquatic Animal Association, Wildlife Diseases Association, Society for marine Mammalogy or the American College of Veterinary Pathology as appropriate.
Deadline for application submission is December 31, 2019 with applications reviewed as they are received and continuing until a suitable candidate is identified.
The following are required to be submitted at the time the application is completed:
The salary for this position is $60,000 annually and includes a complete benefits package. Subsidized housing that best suits the needs of the Fellow will also be provided at the Marin Headlands close to the Center.
Additional information about the position and our programs is available by contacting:
Dr. Pádraig J. Duignan
Chief Pathologist, The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965 USA
Phone: 1 415 289 7328