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Aquarium of the Pacific

Veterinary Externship/Preceptorship Program

Program description:

The Aquarium of the Pacific is offering 4 externship/preceptorship
programs in the veterinary services department for 3rd and 4th year
veterinary students. Each position is a minimum of 3 weeks and a
maximum of 6 weeks depending on the students’ availability. Accepted
students will train under the supervision of the veterinary and
husbandry staff during administration of the facilities preventative
animal healthcare program and any current medical cases. Students will
be expected to develop and present a case report or review of an
applicable topic in aquatic medicine to the aquarium staff. No stipend
is provided. Housing and transportation are not provided and are the
responsibility of the student.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s animal collection of approximately
12,500 animals consists of pinnipeds, sea otters, marine birds,
psittacine birds, raptors, reptiles, amphibians, marine fish, and
invertebrates. The majority of cases presented are fish and birds. The
veterinary staff consists of one full time veterinarian and veterinary

Positions are available January –February, March- April,
August-September, November-December. Applicants must indicate which
time period(s) they are available, highest ranked applicants for each
time period will be selected.

The Application deadline is October 31 of the academic year prior
to externship (Example October 31, 2009 is the deadline for positions
May 2010 –April 2011). Applicants will be notified of acceptance by
November 31.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment in a college or school of veterinary medicine
    with 2 years completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (official transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor or veterinarian
    supporting the students’ academic professionalism and demonstrated
    interest in aquatic animal medicine
  • AOP veterinary extern application

Please go to our intern page on our website to download the application:

Submit completed application and all supporting documentation to:

Aquarium of the Pacific

c/o/ Shannon Penna, Internship Coordinator

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

Clinical aquatic library

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
See Description of Program
6-8 hours/day, 5 days week
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802
Dr. Lance Adams
Updated: 01/31/11
Long Beach, CA
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