Marine Veterinary Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Marine veterinarians specialize in the treatment of aquatic creatures, such as whales, sea turtles and fish. Veterinarians and veterinary students can find aquatic animal education programs at universities, vet schools, nonprofit organizations and the military.

How to Select a Marine Veterinarian School

Licensed veterinarians and veterinary students wishing to specialize in aquatic animal health care can find certificate programs and workshops in the aquatic animal field or apply for a marine internship or residency program.

Consider the following when looking for marine veterinarian schools:

  • Internships, externships and workshops are generally shorter in duration than residencies, which can last up to three years.
  • Internship and residency programs have limited enrollment, are highly selective and are usually given preference to applicants with the most experience

Aquatic Animal Program Overviews

Certificate Programs and Workshops

Certificate programs and workshops are available for veterinary students along with working professionals. Programs vary in length and cover topics such as the following:

  • Diseases in warm water fish
  • Conservation
  • Sea vet clinical training
  • Topics in aquatic animal health

Internships and Residencies

Internships are commonly available to those with a DVM degree, but some are open to 4th-year veterinary students. Internships tend to be shorter than residencies and can last between 4-6 weeks. Veterinary residency programs can last up to three years and are intended for individuals who have completed veterinary school. Opportunities are available through the U.S. military, veterinary schools, nonprofits and veterinary hospitals. Areas of focus vary depending upon the organization. Some of the duties of an intern might include:

  • Overseeing nutrition and sanitation
  • Helping with staff development regarding animal care
  • Comprehensive health assessments

10 Schools with Marine Veterinarian Programs

College/UniversityInstitution Type
University of Florida 4-year, Public
University of Hawaii at Monoa 4-year, Public
University of California 4-year, Public
The Ohio State University 4-year, Public
North Carolina State 4-year, Public
Cornell University College 4-year, Private
University of North Carolina 4-year, Public
Purdue University 4-year, Public
Oregon State University 4-year, Public
Texas A&M 4-year, Public

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