Museum Medicine Internship

Museum Medicine interns will gain experience in all aspects of care in exotic species including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates in the Veterinary Services Unit of the Living Collections Section of the Museum of Natural Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Daniel S. Dombrowski. Upon completion of the program the student will have a better understanding of Museum Veterinary Medicine.  The student will also receive a certificate of completion from the Veterinary Professions Advisory Center.





Intern Tasks and Responsibilities

Museum Medicine intern with turtle

  • Assisting on medical tasks
  • Presenting to the public in the Window on Animal Health
  • Animal husbandry
  • Medical record management
  • General housekeeping
  • Special events assistance as assigned

Program Outcomes

  • Experience interacting and presenting to the public on topics ranging from general natural history to technical medical information while in the Window on Animal Health
  • Hands on experience assisting with the management of medical cases for a variety of taxa in the museum’s collection
  • Hands on experience and better understanding of general animal husbandry and handling
  • Hands on experience with physical exams including intake exams, routine physical wellness checks, medical procedures, medication administration, and surgical procedures
  • Hands on experience with basic clinical and laboratory techniques for multiple taxa, including fecal examinations, cytology, hematology, and water quality tests
  • Better understanding of the veterinary services and living collections in a museum
  • Hands on experience assessing animal behaviors, both normal and abnormal, for multiple taxa
  • Experience reviewing primary peer reviewed literature for clinical reference and presentation
  • Better understanding of the One Health Initiative

Application Requirements

Applications for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters are due by May 9th, 2021. Interviews for Fall 2021 will be completed by May 21st, 2021 and applicants will be selected soon after. Interviews for Spring 2022 will happen in Fall 2021. 

Application Materials: 

The Museum Veterinary Medicine Internship Application can be found here.

Eligibility Requirements: 

More information about the application process, time commitments, and program completion can be found here.