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Our Mystic Aquarium veterinary team members are experts in the medical care and welfare of exotic and aquatic animal species. The veterinarians oversee all aspects of animal health for the aquarium animals as well as stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program. The veterinary team is also actively engaged in the advancement of aquatic animal health through contributions to clinical research and wildlife conservation efforts.

Wiederhold Foundation Veterinary and Animal Health Center

This 1,000 square foot facility, which opened in 2015, provides our veterinary staff with state-of-the-art veterinary medical resources, allowing our team to provide that world-class care for which Mystic Aquarium is known. The Center features a surgery suite fully equipped with diagnostic, anesthesia, and surgery equipment, as well as a general exam room, an imaging room for x-rays, ultrasounds, and endoscopy, and a clinical laboratory in which our animal health samples are analyzed. The Aquatic Animal Study Center, a 200,000 gallon system that can be used for aquatic animal holding, quarantine, or rehabilitation, is adjacent to this facility.

Take a peek at the space in action by watching some episodes from our Aquarium Rehab series:

Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center

This facility, which opened in 2019, includes a 6,000 square foot temperature-controlled space housing 12 systems, 37 tanks of various sizes, and 45,000 gallons of water that is utilized for fish & invertebrate quarantine and sea turtle rehabilitation. The facility also features an aquaculture laboratory focused on the rearing of horseshoe crabs to help support declining wild populations.

Veterinary Team

Allison D. Tuttle, DVM, DACZM

Eric T. Anderson, DVM, DACZM

Chelsea E. Anderson, DVM, CertAqV

Molly Martony, DVM, DACZM