The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Externship Program provides veterinary students in their final/clinical year the opportunity to gain exposure to marine mammal medicine, rehabilitation, husbandry and necropsy. The Marine Mammal Center’s mission is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. The student extern will work under the direct supervision of veterinary staff and volunteers, and students will participate in animal husbandry, veterinary examination and diagnostic procedures, surgical and anesthetic procedures, recordkeeping, daily clinical rounds, and necropsies. The student will also complete a project during the externship and present the results to staff and volunteers during the last week of their rotation.
The veterinary externship is an unpaid position and is ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO WILL BE IN THEIR FINAL/CLINICAL YEAR OF VETERINARY SCHOOL at the time of their rotation at The Marine Mammal Center. The externship is open to U.S. and International students.
Applications for externships between March 1, 2023 - September 15, 2023 are now open. Students will be scheduled for a 4-week block during this period of time.
Shared housing MAY be available for a fee at The Marine Mammal Center’s Guest House located within the Marin Headlands within walking distance of the Center’s hospital: a housing application will be available for students if selected. However, housing is the student’s responsibility and may not be available during part, or all, of the student’s rotation. Transportation is the student’s responsibility; there is no public transportation to the Center’s hospital.
Priority for preferred externship dates is determined according to rank during the selection process. Ranking is based on the above criteria AND demonstrated interest in marine mammal/wildlife medicine.
Applications for 2023 rotations are DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2021. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the 2023 program by February 25, 2022. Rotations for 2022 have been filled and are not available.
Qualified applicants should submit the following materials:
1. A letter of intent/cover letter, INCLUDING 3 blocks of 4-week-long preferred dates (if student schedule is completely open for several months, please indicate that as well), uploaded to the application portal.
2. A current Curriculum Vitae (no more than 4 pages) that you will upload to the application portal when prompted to upload resume.
3. Two letters of recommendation from professional individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance (these can be uploaded with application materials OR directly from letter writer to the following email address: VetSciAdmin@tmmc.org )