Veterinary Externships

SeaWorld Parks Externship

The SeaWorld Parks Externship has evolved beyond aquatic animals, found in the 3 SeaWorld Parks, and now includes many more terrestrial animals in our sister park, Busch Gardens Florida, in Tampa, Florida.

The externship program in all 4 parks consists of a 3-4 week preceptorship for veterinary students wanting to augment their knowledge and experience in non-domestic animal medicine. The program is designed for fourth-year veterinary students. They will be given a full range of opportunities in aquatic and terrestrial animal husbandry and medicine which includes whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses, sharks and rays, marine and freshwater fishes, penguins, and many other species of birds, amphibians, and reptiles at the SeaWorld parks; as well as gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, tigers, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceroses, hippos, giraffes, zebras, antelope, kangaroos, wallabies, aardvarks, giant anteaters, and many other small-sized terrestrial mammals at Busch Gardens. Within such a diverse collection, there are some unique aquatic animals only found in certain parks, such as, the polar bears at SeaWorld Florida and SeaWorld California, southern sea otters at SeaWorld California, Pacific white-sided dolphins at SeaWorld Texas, and manatees at SeaWorld Florida. Most terrestrial mammals are based at Busch Gardens Florida (for more details, see curriculum for the SeaWorld Parks in California, Florida-Orlando, Florida-Tampa, and Texas).

The SeaWorld Parks Externship is four weeks and the extern is expected to complete a short research project or present a Power Point presentation of an approved research topic to the Veterinary medical staff and interested team members.

Students participate in animal husbandry practices, clinical rounds, and veterinary diagnostic and surgical procedures. Clinical case exposure will depend on the present case load. Students are encouraged to select the months of January through June for SeaWorld of California, in order to experience the avian breeding and the beached animal seasons, and November through April for SeaWorld of Texas. Any month is acceptable for SeaWorld of Florida and Busch Gardens Florida.

For more information, visit our SeaWorld Externship Application page.

For more information on Requirements and Student Selection click here.