[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Summer Veterinary Preceptorship Announcement

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Thu Dec 31 09:34:29 PST 2020

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) is now accepting applications through
February 3rd, 2021 for marine mammal veterinary preceptorship positions.
MMoME is a non-profit organization federally authorized to respond to live
and dead marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland,
Maine, covering some of the busiest seal stranding activity on the East
Coast. MMoME also operates a unique triage and rehabilitation center which
provides critical care to sick and injured pinnipeds. Additionally, our
mission heavily encompasses marine mammal research, education, and

We are seeking to fill up to 3 positions to assist with the upcoming harbor
seal pup season. Preceptors, interns, and volunteers are critical in
fulfilling our mission and are given the unique opportunity to participate
in a variety of activities. On a day-to-day basis, preceptors work under
the supervision and direction of core MMoME staff and join our marine
mammal veterinarian for regular patient rounds and a mentored project.
Additionally, preceptors work daily alongside non-veterinary interns as a
team to accomplish our broad scope of work during our busiest time of year.
Preceptors will learn marine mammal field health assessment, handling,
basic husbandry and clinical care of pinnipeds, as well as Level A data
collection, necropsy, and sampling of deceased marine mammals. The
preceptorship is based out of Midcoast Maine (town of Brunswick), though
travel throughout our response region and New England will be necessary.
Preceptors will be required to dedicate a minimum of 40-50 hours per week
(minimum of 4 days/week), and will include holidays, weekends, late nights,
early mornings, and overnight care for critical patients as needed. This
opportunity is unpaid, though seasonal job opportunities are available in
the area. Housing is not provided but staff may be able to assist with
sourcing options.

*STRANDING RESPONSE:* respond to live and dead cetacean, pinniped, and sea
turtle strandings in the field to collect Level A data, perform health
assessments, and monitor, relocate, and collect for humane euthanasia or
rehabilitation. Carcass collection for disposal or necropsy will also be

*PATIENT CARE:* assist with all aspects relating to the care of sick,
injured and abandoned pinnipeds (primarily harbor seal pups) undergoing
short, or long-term care at MMoME’s center. Tasks include primarily
cleaning, as well as meal prep, tube-feeding, assisting with medical
procedures, animal restraint for exams, running lab samples, medical record
maintenance, cleaning, and transport to other long-term care facilities;

*NECROPSY:* transport carcasses to necropsy and compost sites, assist staff
with necropsy of fresh dead pinnipeds and cetaceans, archive necropsy
samples, and maintain and clean necropsy equipment;

*EDUCATION AND OUTREACH:* give presentations to the public about the
organization, attend outreach events, and help create educational materials;

*OTHER TASKS:* additional time will be spent on data entry, fundraising,
extensive cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

biological and diagnostic samples from stranded marine mammals, as well as
from triage and rehabilitation pinniped patients in MMoME’s care. For
example, blood samples from live marine mammals for diagnostic health
evaluation, swabs from live and dead marine mammals for disease monitoring
with partner research labs and patient health testing, culture samples from
live and dead cases, necropsy tissue samples for histology or PCR testing,

-Clinical rounds with MMoME’s veterinarian;

-Assist staff and veterinarian with, and carry out clinical procedures such
as IV, IM, or SQ injections and intravenous fluid therapy;

-Provide after-hours medical care of triage or rehab patients in need of
extended critical care as needed, and as directed by staff and veterinarian;

-Conduct a project mentored by MMoME’s veterinarian (case study,
nutritional study, etc.) to be completed during the preceptorship and
presented to MMoME staff, veterinarian, and community. Research
opportunities may be available depending on student interest, time, and

*REQUIREMENTS:*-Must be actively enrolled in a veterinary program pursuing
a DVM or similar degree. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year domestic and
international students
are encouraged to apply.
-Must be available to start no later than May 17th, 2021 and commit to the
full period extending through August 15th. Preference given to those that
can start prior to May 17th.
-Must have demonstrated experience with physical restraint of animals in a
clinical setting. Wildlife handling is preferred, though not required.
-Must be able to work well as a positive team member with other preceptors
and non-veterinary interns, staff, and veterinarian, work well with limited
supervision, and be adaptable to a changing and unpredictable schedule;
-Must be able to lift 50 pounds;
-Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, a reliable
vehicle, and comfortable driving a full-size truck in urban and rural areas;
-Preference given to applicants with marine mammal or other wildlife
husbandry experience, and a demonstrated interest in marine mammal or
conservation medicine;
-Proof of Rabies vaccination or current titer.

*HOW TO APPLY: *Please send a letter of interest which addresses the
following questions: why you would like to be considered for this
internship, how you meet the requirements, what your expectations are, what
you think MMoME’s expectations are, what you hope to gain from this
opportunity, and the start and end dates you can commit to. Your
application must also include a resume, one professional letter of
recommendation, a copy of your current transcripts, and proof of rabies
vaccine or current titer. Completed applications can be sent to
info at mmome.org by 11:59 PM EST February 3rd, 2021. *Incomplete or late
applications will not be considered*. For more information on MMoME or the
preceptorship, visit www.mmome.org/veterinary-preceptorship/. We look
forward to your application for this exciting experience!

*Dominique Walk*

*Assistant Stranding Coordinator*

*Marine Mammals of MaineOffice: 207-844-8718*

*Reporting Hotline: 1-800-532-9551*
*www.mmome.org <http://www.mmome.org>*
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