When you visit Georgia Aquarium you’ll see some of the most amazing sea creatures in the world, but did you know it is also home to a state-of-the-art aquatic animal health center, too?
The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health at Georgia Aquarium serves as the center of animal care and preventative medicine for all of the animals that call Georgia Aquarium home. The Center allows the team of veterinarians, technicians and animal experts to provide on-site care throughout the roughly 9,000-sq.-ft. facility, which features some of the most advanced equipment in the field of veterinary medicine.
“The benefit of being able to do so many things in-house makes it better for the animals so that we can get answers and proceed with treatments and different protocols much more rapidly,” said Dr. Tonya Clauss, Director of Animal Health.
In addition to the primary health care of animals, the Correll Center also supports a variety of research and conservation programs at the Aquarium, at Marineland and in the field. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia (UGA), College of Veterinary Medicine, Georgia Aquarium also supports an aquatic animal pathology and a zoological medicine residency program. Additionally, the veterinary student preceptorship program has become a highly competitive program that affords aspiring aquatic veterinarians the opportunity to work side by side with our team and the vast array of species we have at the aquarium.
“Aquatic animal health is a relatively new field,” Clauss said. “Having a facility like The Correll Center really gives us an opportunity to be leaders in our industry and in our field. That fulfills me and allows me to do what I’ve always wanted to do which is to make a difference.”