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National Aquarium

National Aquarium

Location: 501 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202, United States

Application Deadline: Oct-15-2020

Program Description

This veterinary preceptorship/externship opportunity is specifically designed for students with an interest in aquatic and zoo animal medicine. Students spend three to eight weeks working in the Animal Health Department and are exposed to the multi-faceted nature of veterinary practice in a large public aquarium with over 15,000 animals. Preceptors gain experience with preventative and clinical medicine life support systems, and communication with husbandry staff. The majority of the case load consists of reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. The aquarium also manages bottlenose dolphins and small populations of tamarins, fruit bats, and sloths. Hands-on experience is provided wherever possible but is dependent on the experience or speed of learning of the student and comfort level of the staff. Preceptors are also asked to attend clinical rounds, present at informal journal rounds, and work on a quiz and presentation. Preceptors are shown routine clinical laboratory tests and necropsy protocols and are expected to then carry out these as necessary. They are expected to help maintain timely and accurate medical records. Applicants should be in their clinical training years (generally 4th year, occasionally 3rd year). Externs are expected to maintain medical records, produce a talk, assist in setting up and cleaning up after procedures, assist in procedures, complete necropsies including ancillary testing (such as cytology), complete a quiz, participate in zoo-board based journal rounds, and demonstrate independent learning ability.

Animals Typically Seen at Organization, Institution or Clinic

Bottlenose dolphins, a large collection of reptiles and amphibians, elasmobranchs, freshwater and saltwater fish. Active rescue and rehabilitation program consisting of phocid seals and sea turtles.

Knowledge or Experience Required

Applicants should be in their clinical training years (generally 4th year, occasionally 3rd year).

Information on when this externship runs, duration and start / end dates (if applicable)

 Deadline for applications is October 15, 2020. Accepting applications for April 2021-April 2022

How to Apply

Interested students should contact us for the application packet. Information requested includes but may not be limited to cover letter, CV, references, proof of negative TB status and rabies vaccination.

For More Information

Contact: Megan Strobel

Email: veterinarians@aqua.org

Date posted: May-17-2020



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