The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Aquatic Animal Health Program (UF AAH Program) internship is a one year rotating introductory training program in aquatic clinical medicine. This internship includes mentorship from faculty in the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, zoological medicine service, radiology, and pathology services. Interns also complete external rotations at facilities such as the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (UF School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences), The Florida Aquarium, SeaWorld Orlando, and the Jacksonville Zoo. A research block will provide opportunity to work on a project related to ongoing marine mammal programs. The intern will also participate in zoological 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 UF AAH Program courses as well as field health assessments of dolphins and manatees with program 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.
- A DVM or equivalent degree
- 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 a case or research material in non–domestic animals is highly desirable. Material in preparation for publication may also be considered.
- The ability to work with people at all levels in organizations and with numerous backgrounds is essential.
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 Faculty Support
Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd, Program Coordinator
Dr. Ramiro Isaza
Dr. Michael T. Walsh
Dr. Nicole Stacy
Dr. Iske Larkin
Dr. Tatiana Weisbrod
UF CVM Support
Radiology– Dr. Erin Porter
Zoological Medicine – Dr. James Wellehan, Dr. Amy Alexander and Dr. Daryl Heard
Pathology – Dr. Robert Ossiboff
External Rotation Support
Zoo Tampa (Tampa, FL)- Dr. Cyntha Stringfield and Dr. Melissa Nau
UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab (Ruskin, FL)- Dr. Roy Yanong
Florida Aquarium (Tampa, FL)- Dr. Lindsey Waxman
Jacksonville Zoo (Jacksonville, FL)- Dr. Meredith Persky
SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando, FL)- Dr. Claire Erlacher-Reid
The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory (St. Augustine, FL)- Dr. Brooke Burkhalter