Apply now for: 2016-2017 school year (Deadline for preferred application October 1; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.)
Time commitment: minimum 6 - 8 Week Rotations
Please contact the Office of Volunteer Programs and Internships for more information on available externship dates.
The New England Aquarium offers a unique experience to 3rd & 4th fourth year veterinary students by offering the opportunity to work in both a museum/institutional setting and in the field of aquatic animal medicine.
The Animal Health Department at the New England aquarium consists of a staff of 10 employees and serves to provide an optimal veterinary and preventive health program for collection and stranded/injured aquatic animals. The department includes 2 full-time veterinarians, 1 certified veterinary technician, 2 biologists, a lab office supervisor, an environmental quality manager, and several water quality technicians.
Six to eight-week rotations are available for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students to complete veterinary externships in aquatic animal medicine at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA. Clinical work at the off-site Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA may be required based on case load.
Rotations are a comprehensive introduction into aquatic animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Students are rotated through all areas of the aquarium, which includes working with fish, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals, environmental quality and marine animal rescue/rehabilitation.
Students are expected to produce a case report, research paper, along with a 20-30 minute PowerPoint presentation for each. To apply, send 2 copies of the following:
letter of intent, curriculum vitae, veterinary school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and 3 proposed dates of the externship in one package to:
Attn: Veterinary Externship
Volunteer Programs & Internships
New England Aquarium
Boston, MA 02110-3399
Externships are available from September 1 through June 30. Summer rotations are not available. Deadline for preferred application October 1; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review. Because of limited availability, veterinary students should apply up to a year in advance.