Internship Program

Each summer SeaDoc brings one or more rising third-year veterinary students to Orcas Island to assist with research projects, often in conjunction with the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.

This internship is a unique opportunity for vet students to get involved in wildlife health issues.

During eight weeks of residency the interns help with SeaDoc research projects and help respond to marine mammal strandings. They find and assess the physical condition of stranded animals, tag harbor seal pups that are left on the beach, transport other pups to a rehabilitation center and participate in gross necropsies and the writing of gross necropsy reports. Interns also participate in weekly medical rounds for harbor seals at the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. They work closely with volunteers and spend a good deal of time educating and speaking with the public.

From time to time we also have short term research internships.

Our Interns and where they are now:

2014: Arlena Ulrich, Keiki Cunningham, Sarah Bahan, Sofie Thixton, Jacq Zier, and Alice Goble

internsOur UC Davis interns, Keiki and Sarah, are 3rd year veterinary students. We also had several other interns come through for specific projects and shorter stays. Arlena Ulrich is a veterinarian and Ph.D student from Germany; she came for a week to work on marine mammal parasites. Sofie Thixton from Scripps College helped Joe Gaydos on a project to evaluate the cumulative impact of the energy projects being considered for the Salish Sea. Jacq Zier rejoined us for part of the summer to work on research projects and the stranding network, as did vet student Alice Goble from the UK. (2/2015)

2013: Jacq Zier, Kay Wicinas, and Liz Anderson

internsKay and Liz are both 4th year vet students at UC Davis. Jacq is a senior at Colgate. (2/2015)

2012: Karisa Tang, DVM, and Christine Parker, DVM

internsKarisa Tang, DVM, is doing a small animal specialty and emergency medicine internship in San Diego and will be heading to the Vancouver Aquarium next year for an aquatic medicine internship. (2/2015) Christine Parker, DVM, is working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and will be joining the faculty of Science and Environmental Policy at CSU Monterey Bay as a lecturer this fall. (8/2015)

2011: Greg Bishop, DVM, and Ashley Briese Robinson, DVM

internsGreg Bishop, DVM, is working as a small animal veterinarian in San Diego, doing some volunteer work with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the San Diego Natural History Museum, and draws cartoons. Ashley Briese Robinson, DVM, is a veterinarian at San Juan Veterinary Clinic in Montrose, Colorado. (2/2015)

2010: Sara Heidelberger, DVM, and Sarah Smolley, DVM

internsSarah Smolley, DVM, is a veterinarian at The Drake Center for Veterinary Care at VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center. Sara Heidelberger, DVM, is a veterinarian at Pacific Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Service, and volunteers at the Marine Mammal Center and Moss Landing. (2/2015)

2009: Michelle Barbieri, DVM, and Nadia Rifat, DVM

MichelleMichelle Barbieri, DVM, MS, graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in June 2011.  She is the Hawaiian Monk Seal Health Program Coordinator for TMMC/NOAA Fisheries. (1/13)

NadiaNadia Rifat, DVM, is a veterinarian at Sun Valley Regional Animal Hospital and an associate veterinarian at Animal Care Clinics in El Sobrante, CA. (2/2015)

NickNick Donald was a short-term intern in the summer of 2009. He assisted with the marine mammal stranding network and also took on a special project to assist us with compiling and mapping current coastal river otter habitat to help us determine critical habitat for this species. Nick now lives in New York City.

2008: Abby Stanger Judge, DVM

internAbby Stanger Judge, DVM, was a rotating small animal intern at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. She now lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska. (6/11)

2007: Jessica Kurek, DVM

internJessica Kurek, DVM, graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She works in emergency veterinary medicine at Pacific Veterinary Specialists in Capitola, CA. (6/11)

2006: Katie Marrie, DVM

internKatie Marrie, DVM, has been working as a small animal veterinarian in private practice in Long Beach, CA. She has worked as a surgeon for a non-profit organization called Clinico, whose mission is to reduce animal shelter intake by providing high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter services to underserved communities in Los Angeles. In August of 2011 Katie became the Medical Director of a non-profit called Spay Neuter Project Los Angeles (see video). (5/12)

2005: Brynie Kaplan-Dau, DVM

Brynie Kaplan-Dau, DVM, specialized in small animal and aquatic/exotic medicine and graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Currently she is associate veterinarian with Aguajito Veterinary hospital in Monterey California.

2004: Nick Brown and Abigail Sine

brownNick Brown, shown here with Apollo 8 Astronaut Bill Anders and SeaDoc Chief Scientist Joe Gaydos after a dive in 2010, is starting veterinary school in St. Kitts in the fall of 2011. Janna Nichols photo. (6/11)

sineAbby Sine is a veterinary student at Massey University in New Zealand. (6/11)

2003: Morgan Sternberg

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