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Two different externships are available within the veterinary department at the Vancouver Aquarium. As an extern you will have the chance to apply your academic learning to real-life situations under close supervision of a veterinary professional.

Students will have a short-term experiential learning opportunity and gain an understanding of what it is like to be involved in a particular career field as well as make valuable professional connections. 


Veterinary Externship

Veterinary students in their final years are encouraged to apply. Veterinary externs will work closely with the Vancouver Aquarium's veterinary staff in the medical management of a large collection that includes marine mammals, terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and a large variety of native and tropical fish. Unpaid externships are available for 2-4 weeks each.

Learn more about the Veterinary Externship


Veterinary Technologist Externship

Final-year Animal Health Technologist and Veterinary Technology students are invited to apply. Vet tech externs will work with the Vancouver Aquarium’s over 6,000 species of animals, which include marine mammals, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Unpaid externships are available for 2-3 weeks each between the months of March - September.

Learn more about the Veterinary Technologist Externship




Contact Us

If you are interested in carrying out an externship placement with us please contact practicum@ocean.org for further information.


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