Postdoc en patología de mamíferos marinos ~

3 de diciembre de 2019

Postdoc en patología de mamíferos marinos


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


The ocean is in trouble. From the depletion of fish stocks to increasing ocean temperatures, human activity threatens marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our ocean and all life on earth. As a critical first responder to these threats, The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education. Marine mammals are ecosystem indicators, and these animals provide insights into human and ocean health threats. Together, we are taking action today to support a network of scientists and stewards to protect our shared ocean environment for future generations.

To advance our mission, we focus our work in three key program areas:
Animal Care: With a volunteer force numbering more than 1,200 and the support of a concerned public, the Center is able to respond to marine mammals in distress. Sick and injured animals are treated and rehabilitated at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities where we care for our patients until they can be released back to their ocean home. Covering a rescue range that spans 600 miles of California coastline and the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the Center responds to more stranded marine mammals than any other organization in the world. Our sought-after experts are deployed locally and internationally to provide technical veterinary expertise and training on best practices ranging from anesthesia to disentanglement.
Scientific Research: The Center is a major contributor to the global body of research and knowledge about marine mammal medicine and health. Our veterinary experts develop new clinical techniques to improve marine mammal rehabilitation and care, and investigate the reasons why marine mammals strand and how these factors are connected to ecosystem and human health. Our scientists also investigate how marine mammals use and interact with their ocean environment to better understand and protect them from many threats. Learning from every animal we respond to and studying animals in the wild, our researchers identify novel diseases and pathogens, support endangered and threatened species conservation, identify and help mitigate human-caused threats and partner with scientists around the world on collaborative research that utilizes samples and data collected by the Center. Marine mammal health, ocean health and human health are inextricably linked, and our work advances knowledge of all three to benefit us all.
Education: As a teaching hospital, the Center serves as a vital training ground for veterinary professionals from across the globe, expanding the collective understanding and application of marine veterinary science and conservation. Our innovative school and public education programs build a sense of responsibility through a connection to marine mammals and the marine environment, inspiring future ocean stewards and promoting action to protect the ocean. Each year, these education programs and hands-on trainings reach more than 100,000 children and adults, supporting the next generation of informed scientists and engaged citizens who will care for and ensure the health of our ocean and environment.


The Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center is now a global leader in marine mammal health, science and conservation and is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world. The Center operates physical locations in Sausalito, Morro Bay and Moss Landing, CA, as well as in Kona, Hawai‘i, and has an annual operating budget of $11.5M. A team of 80 staff and 1,200 actively engaged volunteers make the Center’s impact possible and keep the Center operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fellowship in Marine Mammal Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center


The Marine Mammal Center (the Center), the world’s largest marine mammal teaching and research hospital, Sausalito, CA, announces the availability of a one year continuing, full-time, Fellowship position in Marine Mammal Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. The position is open from January 1, 2020. Minimum qualifications include a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college, completion of an anatomic pathology veterinary residency training program, and ACVP/ECVP board certification or eligibility. Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience in aquatic animal (particularly vertebrates) pathology who are Diplomates of the ACVP or ECVP. Primary responsibilities will emphasize gross and microscopic diagnoses of cases originating from the animals rescued by the Center and admitted to the hospital for rehabilitation (mostly pinnipeds), carcasses (whales, dolphins, porpoises, southern sea otters, pinnipeds or sea turtles) found on approximately 600 miles of the central California coast that encompasses the Center's stranding range, and cases submitted for diagnostic pathology by The Monterey Bay Aquarium or other affiliated agencies such as California Fish and Wildlife, the Marin River Otter Project etc. The Fellow will interact daily with staff of the Veterinary Science Department, including the department director, chief pathologist, staff veterinarian, clinical fellow, clinical intern, necropsy manager, laboratory manager, laboratory scientist, research interns and various volunteers. Opportunities exist, and are encouraged, to conduct independent or collaborative research projects on marine mammal/vertebrate diseases in a wide variety of species and pursue advanced molecular diagnostic testing on case materials in our on-site laboratory and in collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis, UCSF and other Bay Area institutions. The department participates in weekly histopathology slide conferences (all species) and bi-weekly zoo and wildlife histopathology slide conference with UC Davis faculty and residents and regular continuing education with the Annual West Coast Veterinary Pathology Conference. The fellow will have the potential to present original research or case material at national or international conferences hosted by various professional bodies such as the International Aquatic Animal Association, Wildlife Diseases Association, Society for marine Mammalogy or the American College of Veterinary Pathology as appropriate.

Deadline for application submission is December 31, 2019 with applications reviewed as they are received and continuing until a suitable candidate is identified.

The following are required to be submitted at the time the application is completed:
A letter of intent listing prior pathology experience and positions, and career goals (upload as cover letter)
Current curriculum vitae (upload in the resume field)
Professional letters of reference from three pathologists (upload under 'additional documents')

The salary for this position is $60,000 annually and includes a complete benefits package. Subsidized housing that best suits the needs of the Fellow will also be provided at the Marin Headlands close to the Center.

Additional information about the position and our programs is available by contacting:

Dr. Pádraig J. Duignan

Chief Pathologist, The Marine Mammal Center

2000 Bunker Road

Sausalito, CA 94965 USA

Phone: 1 415 289 7328


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