[MARMAM] International Marine Mammal Veterinary In-Residence Training at The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California USA

Claire Simeone simeonec at TMMC.org
Tue Dec 17 15:54:16 PST 2013

The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) in Sausalito, California has begun to develop a new International Veterinary Training Initiative, designed to train marine mammal veterinarians, biologists, and animal care professionals, with an emphasis on those from countries with little infrastructure, support, or training for marine mammal science, husbandry, and conservation. The initiative includes:
1) A Veterinary In-Residence Training program, where international veterinarians can come to train at TMMC for up to 3 months, learning aspects of medicine, rehabilitation, and participating in collaborative conservation research;
2) An Animal Care Internship program, where rehabilitation professionals can come to train at TMMC for up to 2 months, learning aspects of rescue, rehabilitation, and stranding management;
3) Online training courses for marine mammal rehabilitation, animal husbandry, necropsies, etc;
4) A series of in-country trainings and workshops in stranding coordination and response; and
5) Collaborative research on subjects found both at the Center’s headquarters and abroad.

Applications are now being accepted for the first aspect of this program, the Veterinary In-Residence Training program. Details can be found below, or at our website:




The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence Training provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. This program is part of a larger capacity-building program that provides training materials and assistance to rehabilitation facilities in a variety of countries. 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 veterinary medical degree and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position. Round trip airfare to San Francisco, CA and 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 will be available during the busy season for up to three months at a time from between April and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork.

The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist, and research staff. Goals of the training 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 will be facilitated if the applicant shows interest.

If qualified, applicants should submit the following materials:

 1.  A cover letter/statement outlining the applicant's goals and interests in the area of aquatic animal medicine.

 2.  Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance.

 3.  A current curriculum vitae, limited to 4 pages.

 4.  Selection of preferred dates (applicants will only be selected during the busy season

(April-September), but slight flexibility in scheduling will be accommodated on a case-by- case basis

Please submit your application via e-mail if possible to: vetsciadmin at tmmc.org<mailto:vetsciadmin at tmmc.org> with a subject line of: 2014 International Veterinary Training Program

Dr. Shawn P. Johnson

Director of Veterinary Science The Marine Mammal Center 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA 94965-2619

Applications are due by Friday, January 17, 2014. A selection will be made by mid February 2014.

Dr. Claire Simeone – Conservation Medicine Veterinarian
The Marine Mammal Center | 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite | Sausalito, CA 94965
T: 415.480.9665  | simeonec at tmmc.org<mailto:simeonec at tmmc.org>

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