Intern Veterinarian 2024
Sausalito, CA Veterinary Medicine and Science
Job Type
Full-time, Temporary, Internship
We’re Recruiting!Intern Veterinarian in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology

Location of Position: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California 

Reports to: Medical Director: Dr. Cara Field

Position Classification: Full-time, One-year position

Benefits:  Full benefits including health insurance

Compensation: $47,000 annual salary 

Start date: August 1, 2024- July 31, 2025

Position Overview

The Veterinary Intern position includes providing primary medical management and care of hundreds of stranded marine mammals, conducting post-mortem examinations and histological evaluation of deceased animals, developing and conducting a marine mammal health-based research project, medical record keeping, teaching veterinary student externs and other visitors, and some field work and response. This position is a shared and collaborative House Officer position with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

This is a one-year long, full-time, paid position. Housing is available at no cost to the intern in a unit located within 2 miles of the Center’s main hospital in Sausalito.

Key Responsibilities

· Work with a robust team of veterinary professionals and volunteers to provide primary care for stranded, debilitated marine mammals, mostly seals, sea lions and sea otters, including assessment, treatment, husbandry and critical care.

· Work with the pathology team to conduct post-mortem examination on deceased patients to investigate causes of death and disease processes.

· Collaborate on multiple ongoing marine mammal health research projects, and develop and conduct a unique research project during the internship.

· Help instruct visiting veterinary students and other veterinary health professionals in marine mammal health, husbandry and medicine.

Qualifications and Experience

  • DVM or equivalent degree from an accredited veterinary institution.
  • One or more year(s) practicing clinical veterinary medicine is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to obtain a California veterinary license.
  • Valid Drivers license.

Physical Requirements 

· Ability to stand, walk, climb stairs and lift up to 50 pounds throughout the primarily outdoor hospital for extended periods of time in variable weather conditions.

· Ability to physically restrain and interact with large and potentially dangerous marine mammals both in the rehabilitation hospital setting and in the field.

· Hospital environment with ability to utilize potent anesthetic drugs, collect radiographs and perform additional diagnostic procedures indoors, outdoors and in the field.

· Ability to remain in a stationary position, and move in an office environment for extended periods of time.

· Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment.

· Ability to walk/cover up to 5 miles during a shift on a frequent basis.

Work Environment 

· Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.

· Exposure to sharp instruments and needles.

· Working in outdoor weather conditions and elements daily.

· Potential exposure to formalin.

· May involve strong smells associated with dead animals and the care of animals.


The Marine Mammal Center actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment. We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. The Marine Mammal Center believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. The Center is the largest marine mammal Teaching Hospital in the world and a critical training ground for veterinary professionals, combining high-quality animal care with hands-on learning experiences.

For more information, please visit our “About Us” page at

To Apply: Applicants must submit all the following materials to be considered for this position:

1. Cover letter outlining the applicant's interests and professional goals.

2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or clinical performance. These letters MUST be signed and in letter form, such as a PDF, NOT sent as the body of an email: it is the applicant's responsibility to confirm receipt of these letters. Letters can be emailed directly to

Application period is open through December 8th, 2023. Selection process and interviews will occur in January 2024, with notification to applicants to follow by the end of January/early February 2024.

Inquiries can be directed to the following email address:

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Salary Description
$47,000 Annual Salary