"The best possible start for my career! I learned so much, and loved every minute of my internship at SLEWTHS!"
- Malgosia Kaczmarska, Mammal trainer, Vancouver Aquarium
Certification in Beginning Marine Mammalogy requires the completion of two, week long classes which focus on working with marine mammals in addition to a five day internship. This program provides education in both hands-on and classroom settings.
The two courses required for the completion of a Beginning Marine Mammalogy certification are:
BIO 348: Techniques and Theories of Animal Training: This 3 to 4 credit interactive course provides students an in-depth understanding of the discipline of animal training across many different types of terrestrial and aquatic animals and techniques. It provides an exceptional background in relevant animal behavior and psychological principles related to the practical goal of modifying animal behavior.
These techniques will be demonstrated daily using trained sea lions, horses, and other animals. Students will intern at least one day at the lab assisting in the care and training of research-trained sea lions. Topics covered will include: Captivity, Why Train? Communication, Motivation, Desensitization, Aggression, and Practical Training
Bio 347: Working With Marine Mammals: This 3 to 4 credit course is designed to assist people who are interested in developing a career in marine mammalogy. It will provide practical information about marine mammals and working with them, drawing on the rich background of marine mammal work in the Monterey Bay area. The course will include many live experiences with the marine mammals at Moss Landing Marine Labs and in the surrounding areas.
This class will instruct students in captive marine mammal husbandry (care and maintenance), training, basic physiology, an overview of common research topics and techniques, as well as public display, education, and current issues in marine mammalogy. Students will intern at least one day at the lab assisting in the care of research-trained California sea lions. They will also develop a resume, go through a mock job interview, and public presentation
These courses are provided through ATR Intl., in conjunction with California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
For more information on the five day intern portion of the Beginning Marine Mammalogy please visit our Intern page
The following people have earned a Certificate in Beginning Marine Mammalogy: