One of the Georgia Aquarium’s goals is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. The Georgia Aquarium conducts research to improve husbandry methods, develop innovative and exciting new exhibits, contribute to the understanding of the underwater world and apply new discoveries to the conservation of aquatic life. Everyday, researchers in the Aquarium’s exhibits and labs are learning more about marine life in order to develop new methods of animal care and veterinary medicine. By combining field research with the study of on-site animals in a controlled environment, the Aquarium is contributing to the advancement of human knowledge in the area of animal science. Research is shared with scientists and conservation organizations throughout the world, allowing a better understanding and protection of many of the species located at the Georgia Aquarium.
The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health is a state-of-the-art animal health facility with more than 10,500 square feet and was designed by world-class veterinary professionals from academic and aquarium facilities. Currently, it is the only planned integration of an aquarium and veterinarian teaching hospital program. The partnership with the University of Georgia (UGA) Veterinary Teaching Hospital allows the Aquarium to provide complete aquatic animal pathology program while training veterinary residents, interns and veterinary students. The Aquarium provides the same veterinary diagnostic, medical treatment and surgical services used at the best veterinary teaching hospitals. The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health conducts ground-breaking research, analyzing nutrition, parasitology, pathology and hematology. This clinical research benefits animals in zoological environments as well as populations in the field.
The Georgia Aquarium is currently working in collaboration with the Mote Marine Laboratory, University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah State University, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center, Marine Mammal Alliance, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Sea Grant College Program.
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