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:
- Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
- Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Learning from every animal we respond to and studying animals in the wild, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered and threatened species conservation, identify and help mitigate human-caused threats and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
- Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.
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.
MARINE MAMMAL MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY VETERINARY INTERN ANNOUNCEMENT
The Marine Mammal Center, in collaboration with the University of California at Davis, is seeking a Veterinary Intern to be based in Sausalito, California at The Marine Mammal Center. This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is desirable. Preference is given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience, and this program seeks to increase the diversity of veterinarians involved in aquatic animal medicine and wildlife conservation by promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within this field;. The position is paid ($30,000/year) and includes health insurance and other benefits through UC Davis. Housing is available at no cost to the intern in a unit located within the Marin Headlands, and the house is shared during most of the year with veterinary residents, researchers, and student externs. The position is for a one-year term, with the possibility of transitioning to the Veterinary Fellowship for a second year.
Founded in 1975, The Marine Mammal Center is an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital that advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. Each year The Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals with the goal of rehabilitation and release. The Center collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world. We are a corps of dedicated volunteers and an engaged community, and are proud to be an equal opportunity, non-profit employer.
Location of Internship
Main Hospital in Sausalito, CA with potential opportunities to work at our satellite facilities.
The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Medicine and Science (VMS) department includes multiple full time veterinarians and veterinary technicians, a pathologist, and research and response staff. This position works closely with the entire VMS team and reports to the Medical Director. The Veterinary Intern’s responsibilities include providing medical management and care of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds), performing post mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. A research project and paper or case report is expected to be completed during the internship.
- This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is desirable.
- Preference is given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate maturity and professional conduct at all times.
- Applicants must demonstrate excellent skills in communication, multi-tasking, be able to deal with ambiguity, and maintain composure under pressure.
- Applicants must be able to accept long hours and unpredictable schedules, including weekends and holidays.
- Applicants should possess practical computer knowledge with programs such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- The Center is a teaching hospital, accommodating large numbers of students each year. Applicants must be able to work well in a team setting with people of different backgrounds, nationalities, race and creeds. While we stride to provide each individual with as many learning opportunities as possible, individual experience will depend on case load.
- This internship position involves a high degree of physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, be on your feet long hours and handle being outdoors in varying weather conditions.
- Applicants are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle report prior to acceptance into the internship.
- Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance. Please upload references as 'additional documents' with the application OR have the letters emailed directly to VetSciAdmin@tmmc.org
- Applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae (upload under resume).
Please note, that we reserve the right to terminate the internship at any time if needed.
- The position is for a one-year term, with the possibility of a second year as the Veterinary Fellow. Start date will be August 1, 2021.
- Work schedule must be flexible and may include evening shifts, weekends, and holidays.
- The Intern will have a dedicated day each week in Necropsy, and the remaining days will be primarily focused on animal care including examinations, procedures and record-keeping. Time will also be allotted for research, though this will vary with the project requirements.
- Once accepted into the program you will receive a more detailed schedule
Additional Internship Opportunities
Additional opportunities may include traveling down to our satellite facilities, Monterey Bay Operations in Moss Landing and San Luis Obispo Operations in Morro Bay, and to different locations throughout our Northern range. If interested, there is also the opportunity to work or shadow in our education department.
Applications will be accepted thru December 18, 2020.