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Fellowship at National Aquarium


National Aquarium

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501 E. Pratt St Baltimore, MD, 21202 

Primary Contact

Leigh Clayton

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Application should include

Cover letter, curriculum vitae including names of 3 references, and official veterinary school transcript.

Experience Required

A veterinary degree (DVM, VMD, or overseas equivalent) from an AVMA accredited veterinary school; a current Maryland veterinary license (or ability to obtain one within 3 months of start date); have completed an internship or residency in aquatic/zoo/exotic animal medicine or have equivalent experience; hold accreditation from USDA to issue health certifications (or ability to obtain within 3 months of start date); have a Maryland driver’s license (or ability to obtain within 1 months of start date). 

Accept International Applicants



Will be discussed

Length of Commitment/Start Date

2 years - contingent on successful completion of 1 year

Program Description

The National Aquarium is currently seeking applicants to the Helen Swearer Fellowship in Aquarium Science and Veterinary Medicine – a comprehensive 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. This training program is established as a two-year program, contingent on successful completion of the first year. 

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