Marine Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary students interested in marine medicine for aquatic species and One Health concepts will participate in a two-week interactive externship held in Playa del Carmen, México, located on the Yucatán Peninsula. The externship workshops will explore aspects of biology, pathology, husbandry, clinical care and conservation medicine of selected marine species, including:
DATE: June 6 - June 20
HOSTED BY: Dolphin Discovery and Xcaret Nature Park
LODGING: Hotel Cielo in Playa del Carmen
ACADEMIC CREDIT: Two-week externship credit is offered for those students whose veterinary school recognizes the MARVET México 2020 course content as fulfilling curricular goals, either for summer externship or for 4th year clinical rotations credit. Requests for academic credit, along with the necessary paperwork, should be made to workshop coordinators prior to attending the workshop so that attendees can be evaluated in accordance with school guidelines.
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The MARVET México 2020 externship has been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.
We plan to announce the MARVET México 2021 externship on the website in August 2020 as soon as we have dates established.
The MARVET México externship is an introductory workshop in marine animal medicine designed for students who wish to explore career possibilities in conservation medicine through an interactive learning format that provides a broad overview of the clinical and conservation marine medicine field.
Dolphin receiving nutrition
Examining endangered Loggerhead sea turtle
Mangrove in Mexico
On the last day, veterinary students are invited to present brief PowerPoint presentations on experiences they have had with any aspect of conservation medicine. The presentation is an optional activity. It will be required only for those taking the course for academic credit. These will be followed by a wrap-up lecture, and a MARVET-sponsored dinner in the evening.
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
An aggregation of manatees
“MARVET was a life-changing experience and the highlight of my time as a veterinary student. Lectures consisted of an outstanding amount of clinically-relevant information that I continue to reference as a practicing veterinarian. Numerous opportunities to work hands-on with dolphins, manatees, sea lions, sea turtles and fish provided more veterinary-based experience with marine animals than any other program or externship in the USA. MARVET also consisted of excellent networking opportunities that have led to lasting relationships with mentors in the field of aquatic veterinary medicine.”
Lauren Strazdis, DVM (2020 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) - Course Participant