Vancouver Aquarium Veterinary Fellowship
Vancouver Aquarium 11 reviews - Vancouver, BC

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Requisition Number: 13-0119
Title: 105 - Vancouver Aquarium Veterinary Fellowship
Job Family: Veterinary Services
Status: Fixed Term Contract
Work Hours: 37.5 Hours / Week
Location: Stanley Park - Vancouver
City: Vancouver
Province: BC
Close Date: 12/15/2013

Description: ROLE OVERVIEW

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 beginning in summer 2014 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).

Working Conditions

  • 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.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates can submit their resume with cover letter on the Vancouver Aquarium Careers Homepage:

About this company
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The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life...