In 2006, A.D. “Pete” Correll, retired chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his wife, Ada Lee, helped ensure the success of Georgia Aquarium’s aquatic animal medicine and aquatic conservation programs by giving a gift to name The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. Pete Correll graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a degree in business, while his wife, Ada Lee, graduated from UGA with a degree in education. Pete Correll is a member of the Aquarium’s Board of Advisors. The Corrells are particularly gratified by the unique opportunities that the Correll Center will offer UGA students and faculty in both research and teaching.
A major goal of Georgia Aquarium is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research. Our state-of-the-art animal health facility, research and conservation activities, and the partnership with the University of Georgia Veterinary School are part of the programs hosted through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. The partnership with UGA allows the Aquarium to provide a complete aquatic animal pathology and clinical medicine program while training veterinary residents, interns, and externs.
Centrally located within the Aquarium building, the Correll Center’s 10,500 square foot space incorporates a surgery suite with scrub room, pathology room, medical records room with technician office space, water quality lab, diagnostic lab and treatment space. The space was designed by world-class veterinary professionals and conservation organizations. Special features of the Correll Center space include digital radiography, digital ultrasound, digital endoscopy/laparoscopy, gas and water-borne anesthesia systems, steam and gas instrument sterilization, compound and stereo microscopes with digital cameras and a digital medical records system. The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health can be viewed on behind-the-scenes tours at Georgia Aquarium.
Georgia Aquarium is a 501(c)3 organization, and we rely on community support to fund our special programs including veterinary services.