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Veterinary Externship - Preceptorship Program

This program is open to veterinary students completing their 3rd or 4th year of training in an accredited veterinary school.

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This program is open to veterinary students completing their 3rd or 4th year of training in an accredited veterinary school. 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 facility’s preventative animal healthcare program and any current medical cases. 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 14,000 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 two full time veterinarians, one full time veterinary technician, and one part time veterinary technician.

Positions are available September through April. We do not accept veterinary extern students during the months of May through August. Applicants must indicate which time period(s) they are available.

The Application period is from August 7th - October 15th of the academic year prior to externship. Example: October 15, 2023 is the deadline for positions in the 2024–2025 school year. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2024.

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 (unofficial transcript required)
  • 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 (Letter of Recommendation can be sent directly to if professor/veterinarian does not wish for it to be visible to student applying).

To Apply

Application currently closed.

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