As Special Assistant to the CEO, Dr. Timothy Mullican, DVM, works closely with Georgia Aquarium’s executive team on strategic partnerships, associated government entities, research projects and grants for veterinary, conservation and zoological areas. With more than 25 years of expertise in a wide variety of veterinary and business positions, Dr. Mullican also represents Georgia Aquarium’s interests to various trade organizations, as well as serving as a member of the research and conservation committee.
Previous to his current position at Georgia Aquarium, Dr. Mullican served as Senior Vice President of Zoological Operations, overseeing the daily activities of all animal related departments including the animal commissary, water quality lab, life support systems, dive operations and the dive immersion program.
Dr. Mullican graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in biology and continued his education at Purdue University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During his time in school, he also studied at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to receive his AQUAVET certification.
His public aquarium experience began in 1997 at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky where he served as consulting veterinarian. Maintaining veterinary oversight, he was tabbed as Executive Director in 2002, a position he held until 2005. He then served as a consultant for developer Colliers International on the never built Puerto Rico National Aquarium project.
He maintains a special research interest in giant manta rays, and he holds the position of Adjunct Professor at University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.