Veterinary Intern

Organization: Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (AZA Member)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Job or Internship: Internship


Reporting to the Staff Veterinarian, the Veterinary Intern will assist the veterinary staff in providing medical management for a large captive display collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish as well as approximately 150 live-stranded marine mammals (mostly harbour seals) which are cared for by the Vancouver Aquarium. This is a one-year position for a veterinarian interested in pursuing specialized training in aquatic animal medicine.


Responsible for providing medical management for the captive display collection and live stranded marine mammals by:

• Conducting veterinary duties such as examinations, blood sampling, parasite screening, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, vaccinations and surgeries.

• Assisting in the development of the health management program, treatment regimens and emergency medical procedures

• Taking responsibility for treatment of hospital cases

• Keeping up to date records

Assist the veterinary staff in providing a comprehensive animal health program to the Vancouver Aquarium by:

• Completing regular veterinary rounds

• Conducting regular physical examinations

• Managing and encouraging routine communication between the veterinary and staff/researchers.

Participates in post mortem examinations of stranded marine mammals under the supervision of a board-certified veterinary pathologist at the provincial Animal Health Centre.

Oversee veterinary externship program

• Assist in the selection and scheduling of visiting externs, researchers, interns and residents

• Mentor and teach visiting veterinary students (12-15 per year)

Complete and assist with research papers or case report by:

• Developing a research proposal

• Taking samples for various research projects

• Completing research paper for scientific publication


Education and Experience

• DVM degree or equivalent

• Previous marine mammal or wildlife experience is a plus.

• Individuals must be eligible for licensing in the Province of British Columbia

• At least one year of clinical veterinary experience is required and a small animal internship is preferred


• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to work in a complex team

• Ability to complete tasks and make sound decisions

• Excellent problem solving skills; ability to think quickly under pressure and high stress.

• Strong organization skills (scheduling procedures, examinations, planning logistics for off-site procedures)


• Job involves constant attention while working with animals for personal safety and the safety of others.

• Exposure to animal bites, animal pathogens and chemicals

• Requires lifting medical equipment

• Requires ability to gain access to all animal holding areas some of which are difficult to enter and require ladders and walking on slippery surfaces

• Requires working rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays and may be on call 24 hours per day.

Please visit to submit your online application or contact Martin Haulena, Staff Veterinarian at