Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Internship

Marine Mammal Medicine & Pathology Internship


The Marine Mammal Center, an equal opportunity, non-profit employer, is seeking a Veterinary Intern to join our team. The Marine Mammal Center’s mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue, rehabilitation, and scientific investigation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a dedicated volunteer corps, and an engaged community.

The Marine Mammal Center, in collaboration with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has an exciting opportunity for a Veterinary Intern based in Sausalito, California at The Marine Mammal Center. This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent and previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is desirable. Preference is given to individuals that possess at least one year of clinical veterinary experience. The position is paid (approx $32,000/year) and includes health insurance and other benefits through UC Davis. Housing is available at no cost to the intern in a unit located within 2 miles of the Sausalito hospital. The house is shared during most of the year with visiting veterinary residents, researchers, and student externs. This Intern position is scheduled to start August 1, 2022, though will likely require a day or two for UC Davis orientation at the end of July 2022, and is for a one-year term, with the possibility of a second year as a Veterinary Fellow, also based in Sausalito.

The Marine Mammal Center Veterinary Medicine and Science Department includes multiple full-time veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians, a Director of Pathology and Pathology Fellow, laboratory and research staff, and works closely with our Response and Data teams, as well as other departments. The position reports to the Medical Director and works closely with the entire Veterinary Science team. The Veterinary Intern’s responsibilities include providing primary medical management and care of hundreds of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds), conducting post-mortem examinations and histological evaluation, developing and conducting a research project, collaborating on other research projects, record keeping, veterinary student extern and other visitor teaching, and some field response. A research project or case series report is expected to be completed and submitted for peer-reviewed publication during the internship.


Please note: Candidates should be US citizens, US permanent residents, or foreign nationals eligible for a J1 scholar visa (and at the time of application not be subject to holds, bars, or in-country rules) or Canadian/ Mexican citizens eligible for a TN visa. We will NOT pursue other visa categories. Candidates will be expected to pay for their visa fees. The offer of a residency may be withdrawn if written evidence of a visa is not provided by July 1, 2022.

Qualified applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. A Cover Letter outlining the applicant's interests and professional goals in aquatic animal/ wildlife medicine
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae (please limit to 4 pages).
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical performance (email PDF’s directly to


Please submit your application using the website-based application process:

Inquiries can be directed to the following email address:

Applications are due by Friday, December 10, 2021. A selection will be made in mid-January, 2022