Description: The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Aquatic Animal Health Program internship is a rotating one year introductory training program in aquatic clinical medicine with a research component for graduate veterinarians who have completed a one year post DVM training or intern program. This internship includes mentorship from faculty in the Aquatic Animal Health Program, the zoological medicine service, radiology, and anesthesia services (3 week rotations). Interns also complete a research rotation as well as external rotations at facilities such as the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (UF-TAL, School of Forest Resources and Conservation), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL), The Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld Orlando, the Volusia County Marine Science Center, and the Jacksonville Zoo. A research project related to ongoing marine mammal programs will be included, and the intern will participate in zoo medicine rounds and journal club for early preparation for possible ACZM boards in their career. During the program, the intern will also be given the opportunity to participate in the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program’s courses with at least one lecture and field health assessments of dolphins and manatees with the programs partners. This internship will provide veterinary experience and training in the areas of marine animal medicine, stranding response for manatees and dolphins, public aquarium and zoo medicine, and marine mammal research topics.
Qualifications: A DVM or equivalent degree, and a minimum of one year of practice or an internship incorporating a strong medicine program is preferred. A candidate with a strong interest in aquatics as well as zoo and aquatic experience is desirable. A publication of case or research material or material in preparation for publication in non–domestic animals is highly desirable. The ability to work with people at all levels in organizations and with numerous backgrounds is essential.
Application Process: The position is available on July 1st through the VIRMP program at http://www.virmp.org/. Timelines for submission and notifications will be through this program. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
AAH Program Supporting Faculty
Dr. Michael T. Walsh, Program Coordinator
Dr. Craig Pelton
Dr. Nicole Stacy
Dr. Iske Larkin
Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd
Dr. Thomas Waltzek
Dr. Ramiro Isaza
Dr. Tatiana Weisbrod, AAH Veterinary Resident, 2020-2023
Rotation Support at UF CVM
Radiology- Dr. Erin Porter and Dr. Rob Giglio
Zoo Medicine – Dr. James Wellehan, Dr. Amy Alexander and Dr. Daryl Heard
Committed External Rotation Support
Dr. Craig Pelton – Volusia County Marine Science Center – Ponce Inlet, FL
Dr. Martine deWit – FWC Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory – St. Petersburg, FL
Dr. Roy Yanong – UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab – Ruskin, FL
Dr. Ari Fustukjian – Florida Aquarium – Tampa, FL
Dr. Meredith Persky – Jacksonville Zoo – Jacksonville, FL
Dr. Stacy DiRocco, Dr. Claire Erlacher, Dr. Lydia Staggs, and Dr. Dana Linderman – SeaWorld – Orlando, FL