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Fellowship Available at New England Aquarium

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Animal Health Department
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110-3399 
Dr. Scott Weber, Head Veterinarian and Research Scientist 
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum: Veterinary Medical Degree from AVMA certified veterinary program.
Preferred: Additional training and/or experience in aquatic or zoological medicine 
SALARY/ BENEFITS:  Highly Competitive with generous benefits package  

Last updated: 1/2007

Aquatic Animal Veterinary Fellowship. The Animal Health Department at the New England Aquarium (NEA), Boston, Massachusetts seeks applicants for a two-year Aquatic Animal Veterinary Fellowship beginning 7/1/07.  The aim of this program is to afford veterinarians the opportunity to develop skills in veterinary management at a public aquarium while participating in collaborative clinically-based research investigations pertaining to the health of captive and wild aquatic animals. The successful candidate will join a team of veterinarians, biologists, husbandry personnel, and environmental quality specialists. The Fellow will also participate in ongoing collaborative work with veterinary pathologists, pharmacologists, medical researchers, and other specialists. Evidence of recent research, scholarly productivity, and experience in aquatic animal, zoo, exotic and/or laboratory animal medicine are preferred.  The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to work in a team atmosphere. An advanced, research-based, graduate degree and SCUBA certification are desirable.  Candidates must possess a VMD/DVM degree, and be eligible for a Massachusetts veterinary license. New graduates will be considered.  A competitive salary with generous benefits package will be offered.

      This position is based in Boston, MA, but may require travel throughout New England for specialized training and/or marine animal stranding response.  As directed by the senior veterinarians, the Fellow shares clinical responsibility for the New England Aquarium's (NEAq) medical caseload consisting of marine mammals, fishes, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates [>15,000 animals].  Clinical proficiency in diagnostic testing procedures is required (e.g. biopsy collection, blood collection, radiography, ultrasound, and endoscopy).  The Fellow's responsibilities also include: maintaining medical records in keeping with state and USDA regulations; conducting weekly medical rounds with other veterinary staff or independently; participating in NEAq's programs of animal quarantine and preventative health; teaching veterinary students; acting as the liaison between NEAq's medical/husbandry staff and consulting veterinarians; and working in the Aquarium Medical Center exhibit.  The Fellow is responsible for conducting, compiling, and publishing the results of a clinical research project in a peer- reviewed journal (manuscript submission must be within one month after Fellowship completion), and for submitting case reports to peer-reviewed journals as directed by the Head Veterinarian.  The research project will be selected by the Fellow and approved by senior veterinary staff with priority given for studies of recurrent health problems in our animal collection, research and/or rehabilitation animals.  Applicants should submit a statement of career goals and interests, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of professional reference, and a veterinary college transcript to: HR Dept. NEAq Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110.  The deadline for applications is 3/15/07.

NEAq is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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