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Diversity Equity & Inclusion Matter: Monterey Bay Aquarium Veterinary Externship

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Position Description: 

This externship is designed to provide Veterinary students -especially students of color- in their clinical year(s) with experience working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s diverse group of animals, which includes sea otters, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates.  Additionally, the program seeks to increase the diversity of veterinarians involved in conservation & aquatic animal medicine.

Students will assist veterinary and animal care staff with clinical cases, daily rounds, diagnostic and surgical procedures, participate in necropsies, clinical pathology, as required.  They will also observe & assist husbandry staff, applied water science technicians, and the sea otter rehabilitation team to facilitate a better understanding of these aspects of animal care at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The student is required to prepare and present a case report, literature review, or other topic pertinent to the Aquarium and its conservation programs at the end of the externship.

The work environment includes, but is not limited to, behind the scenes areas and animal habitats as well as office time. It may include work in wet, slippery areas, hot and humid areas, variable temperature and weather conditions. Locations may also vary between Monterey Bay Aquarium, various off site facilities, and field sites around Monterey Bay.


Successful Applicants should be:

  • Currently enrolled in a veterinary
    program and in their clinical
    year(s) of veterinary studies at the
    time of their stay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • In good academic standing
  • Able to lift 25kg with ease and be
    comfortable working both indoors
    and outdoors in all weather

**Priority will be given to applicants from under represented cultures, races, and/or religions**

Externship Dates:

Veterinary Externships are offered from March 1 to October 15 of each year. Students should plan to spend two to four weeks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Priority for choosing time slots is according to rank
during the selection process.

Application Period:

  • Veterinary Externship applications are due by October 1, of the year prior to the planned externship. (For example,
    applications for 2022 externships are due
    by October 1, 2021.)
  • Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by October 31st, one year prior to the planned externship.

Upload your Application Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Interest

     Your letter of interest should include:

  • What experience you have
  • What you hope to gain from the

How you heard about the placement

  • Your career goals
  • How your selection will help achieve enhanced diversity in the profession

4. Submit via EMAIL: 2 Letters of Reference (NOTE:  Please have your referees send their letters of reference directly to:

** Incomplete applications will not be considered**

Note: Dr Murray may not always be on site in which case
you will be completing your placement alongside the
Veterinary Services and Animal Care teams.

Questions? Inquiries?

Phone: 831-647-6839

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