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Veterinary Externship 2025-2026

Job Details

Main Campus - Clearwater, FL


POSITION TITLE:  Veterinary Extern


REPORTS TO: Senior Veterinarian








The veterinary extern will shadow and support veterinary department. They will gain experience in aquatic animal medicine through daily observation, dialogue and supervised case management alongside veterinary team members.




The veterinary extern will work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians in case management of collection and rescue medical cases. Learning opportunities are driven by the current caseload, but may include:


  • Proficiency in general diagnostic techniques of fish and elasmobranches
  • General level of understanding regarding quarantine protocols and treatments for different aquatic systems/animals
  • Become comfortable collecting, processing and interpreting blood work and cytologies on a variety of animals
  • Exposure to basic principles of marine mammal and sea turtle medicine
  • Gain an understanding of anesthetic techniques/principles for multiple aquatic species
  • Develop proficiency at performing a fish necropsy
  • Become comfortable with basic clinical pathology and parasitology
  • Gain cursory competence with aquatic animal ultrasound
  • Competence in basic water quality parameters and life support systems
  • Exposure to aquatic animal husbandry and nutrition
  • Exposure to advanced diagnostic techniques (U/S, endoscopy)
  • Perform literature review to aide in case management
  • Develop problem solving skills and effective approaches to management of aquatic medical cases
  • Complete medical records and assist in case management of cases as directed/supervised by VOD
  • Complete a project/presentation (to be presented last week of rotation)


  • Veterinary student currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited veterinary medicine college



  • Walk/stand for long periods of time - Frequently
  • Maneuver safely on uneven terrain or in tight spaces - Frequently
  • Safely climb ladders when needed - Often
  • Squat, bend, kneel, twist and reach - Often
  • Reach above the shoulders - Often
  • Push and pull larger equipment Frequently
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions and adapt to changing weather Frequently
  • Work indoors, under cover without air conditioning or heat Frequently




The Clearwater Marine Aquarium reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.


All job requirements are subject to change to reflect the evolving position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.


Company is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium participates in E-Verify, please view the Notice of E-Verify Participation and the Notice of Right to Work.