The program is a 3-4 week preceptorship for veterinary students wanting to augment their knowledge and experience in non-domestic animal medicine. The program is designed for fourth-year veterinary students. They will be given a full range of opportunities in aquatic animal husbandry and medicine which includes whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walrus, marine and freshwater fishes, penguins, and many other species of birds and reptiles. In addition, polar bears and manatees are resident at SeaWorld of Florida and SeaWorld of California (see curriculum for the SeaWorld Parks in California, Florida, and Texas). The SeaWorld Externship is three weeks with the option of a fourth week. At the discretion of the SeaWorld veterinarians, the extern may choose either to spend that final week in the area or areas of their choice, or to complete an approved short research project.
Students participate in animal husbandry practices, clinical rounds, and veterinary diagnostic and surgical procedures. Clinical case exposure will depend on the present case load. Students are encouraged to select the months of January through June for SeaWorld of California, in order to experience the avian breeding and the beached animal seasons, and November through April for SeaWorld of Texas. Any month is acceptable for SeaWorld of Florida.
For more information, visit our SeaWorld Externship Application page.
For more information on Requirements and Student Selection click here.