Veterinary Intern

    • Baltimore, MD

A one year veterinary internship is being offered by the National Aquarium. The collection includes over 16,000 individuals and 700 species of invertebrates, fresh and salt water fishes, elasmobranchs, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including bottlenose dolphins and callitrichid primates. In addition, the Animal Rescue Program is involved with cetacean stranding response. The intern will be involved in all aspects of exotic animal medicine and surgery including daily interaction with husbandry personnel, physical examination and sample collection, diagnosis, routine and emergency medical treatment, radiology, anesthesia, surgery, and clinical pathology. Exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with diverse husbandry staff are essential.

Essential duties:

  • Perform clinical exams on collection animals including interpretation of diagnostics and ability to review and interpret water quality.
  • Develops management and treatment plans for collection animals including incorporation of water quality and life support system into medical plans.
  • Performs gross necropsies, cytologies, and appropriate sample collection for all classes of animals.
  • Creates and maintains clear, concise, and detailed electronic medical records in accordance with written standards in a timely manner.
  • Facilitates and actively participates in topic rounds.
  • Attendance to one conference funded by the aquarium with the expectation of presenting.
  • Required to complete a research project with the intent of future publication, funding is available.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:
  • Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent overseas degree) from an accredited university. If graduate of a foreign school, must have license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
  • Completion of an internship in small or large animal medicine preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in aquatic animal medicine
  • Maryland veterinary license within 3 months of starting.
  • Ability to sign USDA Health Certificates for animal shipments within 3 months of starting.
  • Intermediate computer skills using MS Office; ability to learn and effectively use all proprietary Aquarium software.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include weekend and/or evening hours.
  • Ability to perform duties that may include walking or standing for extended periods, lifting, climbing ladders, and working closely with others.
  • Employees assigned to this position will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle operator’s license, have an acceptable driving record, and possess the ability to drive a variety of vehicles (cars, vans/trucks).

Start Date: July 1, 2020

HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants should apply through our website at Applicants should submit a letter of intent, and three letters of reference to For questions about the position please contact Aimee Berliner, Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by emailing

Deadline: March 20, 2020

The National Aquarium is a hub of science education and a wildlife refuge for thousands of marine animals. Visitors get to learn about conservation and are exposed to more than 700 aquatic species.

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