Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Internship

Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Internship


The Marine Mammal Center in collaboration with the University of California at Davis has an exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Intern, based in Sausalito at The Marine Mammal Center. This position is a one year internship. This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is a plus. Preference will be given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience. The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes a clinical team of a veterinary director, veterinary technicians, stranding personnel, a medical technologist, and other research staff.  The Veterinary Intern's responsibilities 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-taking for various research projects, and record-keeping. A research paper or case report should be completed during the internship.

If qualified, send your CV, letter of intent and three professional references to:

Dr. Shawn Johnson
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965-2609.

Contact Dr. Johnson for application information.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of California, Davis and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.


Shared housing is available at no cost in the intern/extern housing unit located within the Marin Headlands. The house is shared with other students, researchers, externs and an intern. Linens are provided. Intern/Externs are required to provide their own personal supplies, food, cooking, and towels. Space is limited so guests cannot be accommodated.

Transportation is the intern/extern's responsibility. The housing is approximately 2 miles from TMMC. Bicycles are acceptable transportation between The Center and the housing and to get around the Marin Headlands where The Center is located. A car is necessary for transportation outside of the Marin Headlands, to go to a grocery store, shopping, restaurants, bars, movies, etc. The intern/extern is strongly encouraged to have a car available.

Weather conditions can vary tremendously within the park and the intern/extern should plan accordingly. Waterproof protective clothing is necessary when working with the animals.

From San Francisco Airport (SFO) take Highway 101 North to 380 West to end up on Highway 280 North. Stay toward the left lanes and take 19th Avenue to the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, exit at Alexander Avenue. Stay to the right after exiting and turn at the first left into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Proceed through the one-way tunnel.  Continue on the main road for approximately 3 miles staying to the right at each fork.  Once you arrive at The Center, park in the visitor parking along the side of the hill and announce yourself at the front desk.  The Center gate opens at 10:00, so plan on arriving at that time on the first day.

To get to The Center continue on the main road for approx. 2 miles staying to the right at each fork. Once you arrive at The Center, park in visitor parking along the side of the hill and announce yourself at the kiosk. The Center gate opens at 10:00, so plan on arriving at that time on the first day.


Main Number* - 415-289-7325
Human Resources - 415-289-7348 (Human Resources Director)
Veterinary Office - 415-289-7343 (Dr.Shawn Johnson)