Pathology Resident Rotation

The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center

Sausalito, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023
Job Type

Location of Position: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California

Reports to: Director of Pathology

Position Classification: Seasonal externship

Benefits: No benefits

Position Overview

The pathology resident rotation is an opportunity to for anatomic and clinical pathology residents in established programs to gain experience in marine mammal anatomy and pathology. Rotating residents will provide postmortem data on our patients and select carcasses, which consist of phocids, otariids, and the occasional cetacean and sea otter. During their time at TMMC they will be become familiar with marine mammal gross necropsy and histopathology including classic diseases.

This position requires at least a minimum of 2 weeks with openings year-round.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performing gross necropsies, writing necropsy reports, trimming in cases, and evaluating histology from cases and writing associated reports after review with pathologist.
  • Opportunity to aid in gross necropsy instruction with veterinary students.

Qualifications and Experience

  • DVM.
  • Anatomic or clinical pathology resident in a pathology residency training program.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to remain in a stationary position and move in an office and laboratory. environment for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to climb stairs and move around the facility for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment 90% of the time.
  • Ability to walk/cover up to 5 miles during a shift on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to frequently move equipment weighing up to 50 pounds across site and locations.

Work Environment

  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Potential exposure to formalin.
  • Exposure to sharp instruments and needles.
  • Working in outdoor weather conditions and elements 10% of the time.
  • May involve strong smells associated with dead animals and the care of animals.
  • Standing in one place for long durations of time.


The Marine Mammal Center actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. The Marine Mammal Center believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education.

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To Apply: Please submit a CV and 2 references.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and candidates are reviewed as they apply.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc).

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.