ATLANTA (JANUARY 6, 2017) - Georgia Aquarium recently donated $15,000 to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s practical and unique training program, AQUAVET®. This donation will go directly towards each student’s tuition attending the AQUAVET®III program as a $2,500 scholarship. This training is highly competitive and is limited to just six students for this course.

“Many students carry educational debt and cannot consider a program such as this, even if it’s their dream to go into aquarium medicine. This scholarship donation from Georgia Aquarium will lessen the financial burden for some of our incoming students,” said Dr. Donald Stremme, director of the AQUAVET® programs. “A great deal of information and hands-on experience is presented during this five-week intensive program. AQUAVET® provides real-world training alongside distinguished aquatic veterinarians at places like Georgia Aquarium.”

Particularly, AQUAVET®III was designed to give veterinary students more specific and practical training in zoo and aquarium aquatic animal medicine. For two weeks, students shadow and assist veterinarians at Georgia Aquarium and take part in routine animal exams. Students have the opportunity to assist in animal exams and advanced diagnostics. During their time at Georgia Aquarium, students also learn the important relationship between veterinary staff, the aquarists and husbandry staff and how important it is to be an effective member of the total team.

“The AQUAVET® programs are unlike other aquatic veterinary teaching programs. Students are given unique opportunities to learn hands-on techniques right next to aquarists and veterinarians at world-class facilities,” said Dr. Gregory Bossart, senior vice president and chief veterinary officer at Georgia Aquarium. Dr. Bossart was also a student in the first ever AQUAVET® class during his training as a veterinarian. “Georgia Aquarium is proud to offer this donation to AQUAVET® and the students on their journey to becoming veterinarians. It’s a great program that provides aspiring veterinarians with tools not easily taught in the classroom.”

Following the group’s two-week intensive at Georgia Aquarium, they head to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Ga. and Dolphinaris in Cancun, Mexico.

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The idea for AQUAVET® started in the mid-70s at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, Cornell University was invited to be a partner. Until 2014, the program was based out of the University of Pennsylvania and is now solely based out of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016. AQUAVET® began as an effort to bring together people and institutions wanting to contribute to the well-being of the aquatic environment and its inhabitants through the veterinary profession. It was also originally based in Woods Hole, Mass. using the additional expertise of the many relative institutions in that area. Students wishing to participate in AQUAVET® do not have to attend Cornell and these programs can supplement their education or count towards credit at their home college or university. More information on AQUAVET® and Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine can be found here

Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Certified Humane by the American Humane Association and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit