- About Us
- Online Store
|Internship Available at National Aquarium in Baltimore|
Address (City, Street, State/Province, Zip)
501 East Pratt Street Baltimore MD 21202
Dr. Kat Hadfield
Primary Contact Email, Phone
Number of Positions Available
On what date will this position next be available?
Application should include
See VIRMP site
Required: Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD) from U.S. accredited veterinary school; ability to obtain license to practice in Maryland. Maryland drivers license, USDA accreditation for health certificates. Strongly preferred: 1-year clinical veterinary internship in small or large animal medicine/surgery at diverse and busy practice (private or University) and/or prior experience with aquatic animals particularly fish.
Accept International Applicants
$31,800 with full benefits
Length of Commitment/Start Date
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is offering a one year veterinary internship in aquatic and zoo animal medicine. The collection includes over 16,000 animals (over 700 species of invertebrates, fresh and salt water fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including bottlenose dolphins). The intern is integral to all aspects of animal medicine and surgery at the Aquarium. They are provided training in physical examinations and sample collection, routine/quarantine/emergency medical treatment, disease diagnosis, radiology, anesthesia, surgery, gross necropsy, and clinical pathology of aquatic and zoo animals as well as professional communication within an aquarium setting. Interns have primary responsibility for daily management of Marine Animal Rescue Program stranded animals (typically 0-5 seals and 7-20 sea turtles annually). Interns are directly involved in teaching and supervising veterinary students. Interns are expected to produce 1 paper (case study/series or retrospective research) for publication in a peer reviewed journal prior to leaving the program. In addition, the intern is responsible for two in-house staff training lectures. Opportunities exist for rotations at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore or other facilities, as well as attending monthly resident/journal rounds at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and case rounds with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore based on the interns’ interest. The veterinarians manage emergent cases and maintain active preventive medicine and quarantine programs based on AAZV and AZA guidelines. The veterinary team is composed of 3 clinicians (including the intern), two veterinary technicians, and 3 laboratory technicians managing water quality and clinical laboratory samples. The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a private, not-for-profit institution and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has offered the internship since 1993. Prior interns have routinely obtained positions in the zoo or aquatic animal veterinary field and have obtained ACZM board certification. The Director of Animal Health is ABVP certified in Avian and Reptile/Amphibian Practices and the Associate Veterinarian is ACZM board certified. Exceptional basic veterinary medical and surgical skills as well as familiarity with aquatic/zoo/exotic animal medicine are essential. The candidate should have demonstrated ability to work in a busy, multi-veterinarian practice with excellent oral and written (including computer-based medical records) communication skills. The candidate should have proven ability to teach veterinary students and exceptional medical record keeping skills.
Last Date Edited
Leigh Clayton, Director of Animal Health at the National Aquarium, speaks about being an aquarium veterinarian. Listen to the PODCAST.