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Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Health

The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine (Aquatic Animal Health Program) and Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (UF-TAL) (School of Forest Resources and Conservation) in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL), the Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld of Florida and Volusia County Marine Science Center have developed a two-year post-DVM training opportunity in aquatic animal health. This veterinary internship will provide veterinary experience in the areas of marine mammal medicine, stranding response, public aquarium, zoo, research, and aquaculture medicine.

The position will be available July 1, 2016 and the successful incumbent will spend the year in a rotating intern program that will be based in Gainesville, Florida with time at the College of Veterinary Medicine with the AAHP faculty, zoo medicine, radiology and anesthesia services as well as the Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Diagnostic lab (WAVDL) laboratory. There will be an emphasis on clinical research development, including molecular diagnostic techniques for their research project. There will be also rotations available at SeaWorld of Florida, Volusia County Marine Science Center, and the Marine Mammal Path Laboratory, with additional time available at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory and other Florida partners.

Basic Qualifications: A DVM or equivalent degree is required. Demonstrated research, pathology experience and a track record in publication of research results is highly desirable. Candidates with demonstrated clinical proficiency with non-domestic species will be viewed favorably. The ability to work well with people of all abilities and backgrounds is essential is essential.

How to Apply: Qualified candidates are requested to submit a Standard VIRMP Application Packet at http://www.virmp.org/

Your application should include: 

  • VIRMP Application
  • Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 – 4 Standardized Letters of Reference

All of the above must be submitted by December 7, 2016 to be considered for initial screening. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please apply via the Veterinary Internship Matching program: https://www.virmp.org/Program/Detail/8562.

Direct any questions or concerns to Nina Thompson, AAHP Program Assistant, phone 352-294-4198, e-mail: nina.thompson@ufl.edu.

Clinical Externships

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Externship List When you search under Category = ‘Aquatic Animal’ at the above link, you will find several two – six week externships offered through various zoological and aquarium facilities. Follow the links to facilities of interest.

Note: The UF Fish Disease Diagnostic Lab Externship at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin, FL may be available in a 2 week format for UF students with aquatic experience. Contact information for applying to the externship program is provided at the link above.

Funding For University of Florida Veterinary Student Externship Housing and Travel

Funding from the Marine Mammal Health Program is available for Florida veterinary students on a competitive basis to support student externships. University of Florida students can apply for funding to any externship in the field of aquatic animal health. For more details, you can access our Externship Application . Application due dates are either Nov 20th or Apr 20th.

Other Officially Recognized Internships and Externships

AAZV – Click on Education Center and go to Educational Opportunities, which links to Internship and Externship opportunities listed within or outside of the U.S.
Mote Marine Laboratory – Internships

Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP)