Rotating Internship

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  Timelines for submission and notifications will be through this program.  The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have any questions please contact our Biological Scientist, Laurie Adler, or our Program Assistant, Amanda Sheehy.

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Dr. Lindsey Waxman (right), 2017 intern, assisting the UF Marine Animal Rescue team with stranding call by getting a heart rate on a pilot whale.

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

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Dr. Allison Peterson (left), 2018 intern, getting a look through the ultrasound at a bottlenose dolphin system.

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

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