Aquatics Externships

Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • Length: 3-6 weeks
  • Timeline: Applications are due November 30 of the academic year prior to externship.
  • Application Materials:
    1. Proof of enrollment in a college  of veterinary medicine with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (official transcript required)
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of intent that details pertinent past experience and training in aquatic animal medicine, reason for pursuing aquatic animal training, future goals, and prioritized available time periods
    4. Letter of recommendation from a professor or veterinarian supporting the students’ academic professionalism and demonstrated interest in aquatic animal medicine

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

  • Location: Gulfport, MS
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Timeline: Apply a minimum of 6 months prior to expected start date
  • Application Materials:
    • Current veterinary school transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Proof of current tetanus vaccination and TB test
    • 2-3 sets of available dates

Loggerhead Marine Life Center

  • Location: Juno Beach, FL
  • Length: 2-4 weeks
  • Timeline: Externs are accepted year round and there is no deadline to apply but early application is encouraged.
  • Application Materials:
    1. Application form
    2. Cover letter
    3. Resume
    4. Three professional references
    5. Unofficial transcripts from veterinary school

The Marine Mammal Center

  • Location: Sausalito, CA
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Timeline: Apply approximately 18 months in advance of expected start date
  • Application Materials:
    • Letter of intent including 3 sets of preferred dates
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or clinical performance
    • A current CV or resume