[MARMAM] Marine Mammals of Maine Veterinary Preceptorship: Application Deadline Approaching

Walk, Dominique dwalk at mmome.org
Tue Jan 26 08:50:53 PST 2021

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 outreach.

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

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 required;
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
attend outreach events, and help create educational materials;
OTHER TASKS: additional time will be spent on data entry, fundraising,
cleaning, and other tasks as needed.

-Collect and process 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, etc.;
-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 permitting.

-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
-Proof of Rabies vaccination or current titer.

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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