Provided by Marine Veterinary Medicine


Marine veterinarians specialize in marine mammal care and are often hired by aquariums and zoos to provide routine health care.  Generally the educational requirements are having a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.

Paid Jobs

Part-time veterinarian at the Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington
Job Description
Provide and maintain a complete program of veterinary care for the Seattle Aquarium.

DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college.

Prior Experience
Two years of practical experience in veterinary medicine, preferably at an AZA accredited aquarium/zoo and/or wildlife rehabilitation center.  Experience working with marine mammals and marine birds.

Last updated 2009.  Email cover letter/letter of intent and resume to

Relief Veterinarian at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT
Job Description
Oversee medical concerns in the aquarium’s marine mammals, penguins, herptiles, teleost and elasmobranch fishes, and invertebrates, including medical records, prescriptions, and assistance/mentorship of the Veterinary Intern in the absence of the Staff Veterinarian.

DVM or VMD required.

Prior Experience
Minimum 2 years full time experience working in area of aquatic animal medicine, including experience with both fishes and marine mammals.

Last updated 2009.  Email

Volunteer Positions

Dolphin and Whale Hospital and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital at Mote Marine Laboratory
Volunteer veterinary externships available for veterinary students that involve dolphin and whale rehabilitation and sea turtle rehabilitation.


Dolphin and Whale Hospital and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital at Mote Marine Laboratory
Internships for undergrads pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, animal care, biology or associated fields

Professional Organization

International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine

  • Organizations of individuals who devote time to practice of aquatic animal medicine, teaching and research in aquatic animal medicine, or the husbandry and management of aquatic animals