Marine Veterinary Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Dec 07, 2019

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.

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.

Schools with Marine Veterinary Programs

These schools offer marine veterinary programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition and Fees (In-state, 2019-2020)*
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public $28,786
University of California -Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public $32,126
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public $32,957
North Carolina State Raleigh, NC 4-year, Public $19,616
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private $18,568 (per semester)
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 4-year, Public $25,521
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 4-year, Public $28,130

Sources: *School websites

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for marine veterinarian schools:

  • Workshops and externships are open to students and licensed veterinarians, while internships and residencies are typically post-DVM programs.
  • Aspiring marine veterinarians hoping to seek employment at zoos or aquariums should look for programs that offer research and publishing opportunities.
  • Internships, externships and workshops are generally shorter in duration than residencies, which can last up to three years, so students should consider the amount of time they can commit to a program.
  • Internship and residency programs have limited enrollment, are highly selective and are usually given preference to applicants with the most experience: prospective students should gain as much clinical experience as possible, such as through volunteer opportunities, research assistantships, etc., before applying.

Certificate Programs and Workshops

Certificate programs and workshops are available for veterinary students along with working professionals. Programs vary in length and cover a wide range of topics.

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.

Experienced veterinarians and those looking to enroll in veterinary school can find training opportunities in marine veterinary medicine.

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