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VETERINARY FELLOWSHIP IN MARINE MAMMAL MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY

HARBOR BRANCH OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, INC.
Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program
1 NORTHFORT
PIERCE, FL 34946
(772) 465-2400, Ext. 556
Fax (772) 466-4853
gbossart@hboi.edu
http://www.hboi.edu

The Division of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation, HARBOR BRANCH Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, Florida will offer a second 24-month veterinary fellowship commencing October 15, 2003, administered by HARBOR BRANCH Institution, Inc. The Division of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation has multifaceted programs involving clinical medicine and surgery, marine mammal strandings, clinical research of the manatee papillomavirus, health assessment studies of free-ranging bottlenose dolphins, and research investigating the pathologic basis of disease in captive and stranded marine mammals. A collaborative clinical program in marine mammal medicine and surgery exists with Dolphin Discovery, which maintains a large collection of bottlenose dolphins, manatees and pinnipeds at four marine mammal facilities located in the Caribbean. A collaborative medical program also exists with Marineland, Florida and conservation outreach programs have been established in Mexico, Belize, Guyana, French Guiana, Colombia and Brazil. The HARBOR BRANCH Marine Mammal Stranding Center provides temporary or long-term care for various marine mammal species and specializes in neonatal medicine. Pathologic studies involve the gross and histopathologic characterization of diseases in marine mammals with special emphasis on emerging diseases and the effects of biotoxins in these species. Collaborative programs in marine mammal pathology and immunology exist with the University of Miami, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.

This program will involve approximately 70% clinical work located at Dolphin Discovery facilities in the Caribbean. The fellow will be responsible for the daily health monitoring of a collection of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, manatees and pinnipeds. Monitoring will include regularly scheduled physical examinations, collection of clinicopathologic data, developing husbandry and medical behaviors with the training staff and development and maintenance of a detailed preventative medicine program. The fellow will be under the direct supervision of Dolphin Discovery's chief veterinarian and the Vice President of Animal Management through regularly scheduled visits and by weekly video conferencing with other Dolphin Discovery and HARBOR BRANCH staff and veterinarians. The conference calls will be patterned in a grand rounds format and the fellow will be required to provide detailed presentations of interesting medical cases or preventative medicine issues. Approximately 30% of the fellow's time will be at HARBOR BRANCH. At HARBOR BRANCH the fellow will be responsible for coordinating marine mammal rescues, handling all aspects of clinical care for marine mammal patients, and completing necropsies with the supervision of the marine mammal pathology staff. Follow-up histopathologic tissue evaluation will be done with the resident comparative pathologist. At HARBOR BRANCH the fellow also may participate in free-ranging dolphin health assessment studies and clinical manatee research.

An original research project, the results of which will be written for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, is required for successful completion of this program. Additionally, the fellow is required to present at least three clinically related abstracts at national or international marine mammal professional meetings and an annual formal presentation on the HARBOR BRANCH campus.

Applicants must possess a D.V.M. or equivalent degree. Selection of the successful applicant will be based on a combination of academic, relevant interest and experience, and an assessment of the candidate's career goals and objectives. The stipend is currently $35,000 annually provided through an educational grant from Dolphin Discovery, and the fellowship is non-renewable.

Interested candidates should forward a single package containing a letter of intent, C.V., official academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a completed application to Gregory D. Bossart, V.M.D, Ph.D., c/o Personnel Services, Harbor Branch Institution, Inc., 5600 US 1 North, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946. Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to submit a single (1) complete package of application documents, as multiple submissions will not be processed. Applications are available at www.hbeducation.org. For information about HARBOR BRANCH, please consult our website at www.hboi.edu. The application deadline is August 15, 2003. No applications will be accepted after August 15, 2003.


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