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Veterinary Technician Externship: Senior Year or Post-graduate Students only

Apply now for: The next academic year. 
Time commitment: At least 4 days per week for a Minimum of 6 weeks


The New England Aquarium offers a unique experience to veterinary technician students by offering the opportunity to work in both a museum/institutional setting and in the field of aquatic animal medicine.

The Animal Health Department at the New England Aquarium provides an optimal veterinary and preventive health program for collection and stranded/injured aquatic animals. The department includes 2 full-time veterinarians, 1 certified veterinary technician, 2 biologists, a lab office supervisor, an environmental quality manager, and several water quality technicians. 

Six week rotations or longer are available to senior year or post-grad veterinary technician students from an accredited veterinary technician school. Work at the main aquarium in Boston, MA along with the off-site Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA is required. 

The externship is a comprehensive introduction into aquatic animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Students will be exposed to fish, reptiles, environmental quality, marine animal rescue/rehabilitation, and possibly marine mammals and birds. 

Students are expected to complete assigned projects and produce a PowerPoint presentation on either a current case or a topic in aquatic animal medicine. 

Application Deadlines: 

Please reference the application deadlines for the general internship program.

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits and education, conservation, and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance, and beauty of aquatic life and habitats and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience, seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community, adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship, and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, care, and action.

Department Description:

The Aquarium Medical Center (AMC) is the primary workspace for our Animal Health Department. It consists of a hospital ward for sick or injured animals, a surgical suite, a radiography room, pharmacy, a diagnostic lab, an environmental quality lab, and a necropsy suite. The Animal Health Department consists of veterinarians, a veterinary technician, marine biologists, a laboratory manager, and an environmental quality manager and technicians.

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Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: November 1st

Summer: January 31st

Fall: June 1st

Winter: October 16th

*Priority given to students applying by this date. Full application details available here.


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