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Fellowship Available at National Aquarium

Veterinary Fellow

The National Aquarium is currently seeking applicants to the Helen Swearer Fellowship in Aquarium Science and Veterinary Medicine – a comprehensive two year training program in aquarium zoological medicine. The Fellow will learn about all aspects of veterinary management of animals at an accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facility. The Fellow helps provide high-level veterinary care to the collection, conduct clinically relevant research, maintain or exceed AZA-level standards in professional animal care, and train veterinary students. The National Aquarium animal collection has over 16,000 animals (approximately 700 species of invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals - including bottlenose dolphins).

Major responsibilities include primary medical care of collection animals (e.g., implementing preventative medicine program, performing clinical exams and emergency response, reviewing water quality and life support system function), case management leadership for National Aquarium Animal Rescue animals (primarily sea turtles and seals), a research project for publication, and veterinary student training. The Fellow works under the supervision of the Director of Animal Health and Associate Veterinarian. Duties include but are not limited to: Maintaining exceptional communication with team members; Performing physical exams, surgeries, and diagnostic testing: Performing necropsies and ancillary testing; Interpreting diagnostic tests; Developing management and treatment plans; Maintaining accurate and timely medical records; Participating in on-call coverage; Ensuring appropriate pre-shipment testing for animal acquisitions and dispositions; Implementing appropriate animal quarantine; Prescribing treatments; Implementing and improving standard operating protocols; Monitoring disease trends; Participating in professional organizations, and providing training to staff and veterinary students. As part of the Fellowship Program, this individual will be responsible for one research project, including a publication. Funding is available for conference travel and some research.

Required to apply the candidate must have a veterinary degree (DVM, VMD, or overseas equivalent) from an AVMA accredited veterinary school, completed an internship or residency in aquatic/zoo/exotic animal medicine or have equivalent experience, a current Maryland veterinary license (or ability to obtain within 3 months of start date), and accreditation from USDA to issue health certifications (or ability to obtain within 3 months of start date).  

Qualified candidates must provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae including names of references, 3 letters of reference, and official veterinary school transcript.

Deadline for Application: September 1, 2015

Program information: Dr. Leigh Ann Clayton,

If you are passionate about providing excellent service and have an interest in joining a team in an innovative, conservation organization, please apply for this outstanding opportunity!


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, it is considered one of the nation’s top three aquaria and has served more than 40 million guests since its opening.

Today, the Aquarium builds on a 30-year history of both local and global conservation initiatives to make a difference for species and ecosystems around the world. Through our National Aquarium Animal Rescue program, we directly engage in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of marine mammals and turtles. In addition, we participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues, and in partnership with local, state and federal governments, to advocate for smarter policies. Whether through education, research, conservation action or advocacy, National Aquarium programs provide practical solutions for protecting marine life, our coasts and our oceans.


Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing



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