As a Chief Clinical Veterinarian, I am primarily responsible for providing health care services for our aquarium collection of marine mammals, penguins, reptiles, amphibians, sharks, fish and invertebrates as well as the animals in our Animal Rescue Program. I assist our husbandry staff in animal management related to nutritional, environmental, and exhibit needs of our animals and am also responsible for development and oversight of animal quarantine protocols. In addition, I conduct research and publish case reports to help advance the field of aquatic animal medicine. In my current role I oversee and manage the clinical laboratory staff, associate veterinarian, veterinary intern, and veterinary technicians.
I knew I wanted to make a difference in the field of veterinary medicine by contributing valuable research to assist in conservation. Through my job I am able to provide high quality medical care to our aquarium animals, while also assisting in field work operations around the world and participating in valuable research projects that improve the health and understanding of aquatic wildlife.
The interactions and relationships that I have built with the animals and the privilege of working with a very skilled and dedicated husbandry team.
This career can often be stressful and involve long hours, but overall is very rewarding.
I like to go running, paddleboarding, going to the beach, or anything else outside. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends
My mom has always been my role model. She has supported and encouraged me throughout my entire life and always taught me to follow my dreams.
Start early. Take as many science classes as you can. Volunteer at your local small animal clinic, shelter, zoo, aquarium, or farm. Get to know veterinarians in your area, talk to them about their careers and build relationships with them. Learn about the pre-requisites for veterinary school and plan your college curriculum accordingly. Continue to learn all you can about every field of veterinary medicine, until you find the one that inspires you most.
Career opportunities as an aquatic animal veterinarian are always limited, since it is such a specialized field. However, more zoos and aquariums are investing in highly trained and skilled veterinary teams and it is likely that this will continue to be a top priority for zoo and aquarium programs in the future.
Hopefully I will be here in my same role, continuing to do what I love every day.