INTERNATIONAL VETERINARY IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
AT THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER (SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, USA)
The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training
program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to
gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected
that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared
to implement training programs of their own.
This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to
veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation
program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small
stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as
shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will
be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season
with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This
position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time,
between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all
required visa paperwork, and is required to have an international driver’s
license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.
The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part time
veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and
research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical
staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine
mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post mortem examinations, sample
collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative
research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and
scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data,
is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences,
scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities
for additional professional development will be supported as they arise.
If qualified, applicants should submit the following materials through the
1 A current curriculum vitae, limited to 4 pages.
2 Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the
applicant's academic and/or clinical performance. Please submit letters of
recommendation via email to:
3 Written responses to the following questions:
1 Why are you the best candidate for our next Veterinarian In-Residence?
2 Please describe in detail the experience you have as a clinician (any
3 Please describe in detail your experience working with marine mammals.
Describe experience with both live and dead marine mammals, in the wild and/or
in captive care.
4 Please describe in detail any research experience you have.
5 Please describe current marine mammal stranding response in your country.
6 How do you hope the IVIR program will help you to achieve your future
goals? What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Applications are due by Friday, November 25th, 2016. A selection will be made
in the beginning of January 2017.
More information about the IVIR program can be found here:
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