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Sea Life Park Hawaii

Veterinary Student Externship at a marine animal public display facility.
Life Park Hawaii has a large and varied population of animals including
dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea turtles, sea birds, penguins, and
aquarium species. Our case load is quite variable due to the large
number of animals in the collection. In addition to managing clinical
cases, we spend a large part of our time focused on implementing our
preventative medicine program. This program includes routine monitoring
and sample collection, review and implementation of medical and
husbandry protocols and environmental monitoring. We work closely with
the curatorial and animal care staff to monitor and care for the
animals. Externs accompany and assist the vet staff during medical
procedures, processing and analysis of samples and other tasks in the
vet lab as needed. Once the lab data is completed students are asked to
review the results and develop a plan, then we will discuss the case in
more detail. Most students have little to no experience with our
species; however, general veterinary principles apply. Therefore, the
focus is on general topics (such as principles of medicine or
pharmacology) with specifics about our species added in a comparative
in house library, including the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine.
Students can attend the weekly 2 hour lecture series which focuses on a
variety of topics from dietary considerations, animal husbandry,
zoonosis, animal behavior (theory and application). Students
participate in one on one In depth case discussions with the
veterinarian about current cases as well as select historical cases on a
variety of marine species.
are expected to participate in all daily activities with the veterinary
staff including clinical case management as well as preventative care,
pathology, and case rounds.
on scheduling needs, students will work under the direct supervision of
the staff veterinarian for 30-40 hours per week.
Sea Life Park Hawaii
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy #7
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Bethany Doescher, D.V.M.
Posted: 04/11/14
Waimanalo, HI
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