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Veterinary Assistant Internship

This internship provides an introduction to aquarium veterinary medicine for undergraduate students or veterinary technician students. Veterinary assistant interns provide assistance with maintaining the veterinary working facilities, record keeping, and observing animal treatment and procedures.

chloe the sea otter with mouth open

Credit: Robin Riggs

Application Closed

Commitment: 24-40 hrs/week for 4 weeks minimum and 7 weeks maximum
Available dates: July 15th–August 30th
Application Deadline: Jan 1st–March 31st

Applicants will be notified of acceptance May 3rd.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Cleaning/housekeeping of animal cages and hospital areas
  • Reading appropriate assigned materials
  • Keeping a log/journal of experiences
  • Observing and learning animal restraint and treatment
  • Observing medical and surgical procedures
  • Assisting with any tasks required by the veterinarian or the veterinary technician


  • Must be 18 years or older and able to lift 50lbs.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 2 years of study in a life sciences or pre-veterinary curriculum with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Veterinary technician students must have completed a minimum of one year in an accredited licensing program.
  • Desire to apply to veterinary school or to work in a zoo/aquarium for veterinary technician students

Knowledge and Skills

  • Previous volunteer or work experience with the husbandry of exotic/zoo/aquatic animals is not required but is heavily considered in the application process

You will need to upload following documents

Application Materials:

  • Letter of Interest (upload in cover letter section)
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation letter from a professor, academic advisor or veterinarian
  • Unofficial transcript

To Apply

The application period for this program is closed.

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