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Veterinary Laboratory Intern

Veterinary Laboratory Internship 
Intern will learn about the diagnostics and instruments commonly used in a veterinary laboratory specializing in Alaskan marine mammals, birds and fish. Intern will be exposed to the methods used to maintain a clean and efficient laboratory. Skills and procedures learned will include: blood analysis, urine and fecal analysis, total and fecal coliform water quality analysis, sample collection during animal exams or necropsy, and maintaining veterinary records and sample inventory. Under guidance of Laboratory staff, the Intern will be trained and expected to perform the following duties:
  • Assist with set up and processing routine blood samples. Work with laboratory technicians to perform plasma/serum separations, prepare blood slides, and assist with performing serum chemistries and cell counts using an automated analyzer.
  • Assist with maintaining laboratory and veterinary clinic cleanliness and routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Assist with weekly water quality testing.
  • Assist with maintaining sample inventory
  • Assist with shipping samples to outside researchers
  • Assist with maintaining medical and laboratory records and logs.
  • Assist with organizing and inventorying consumable supplies for the laboratories.
  • Assist with other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required.
Applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around the exhibits and holding areas. Applicants must be comfortable working with database computer programs and sensitive equipment. Must be willing to work with frozen samples and in walk-in freezers and able to lift 50 pounds. Job duties will vary from day to day. Although tasks will be in direct support of animal welfare, there is very little direct contact with animals in this position.
Internship Dates: January 10, 2023 to April 30, 2023
Unpaid Internship
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums