ATLANTA (May 10, 2018) – Students in Cornell University’s prestigious AQUAVET® Program will be receiving a scholarship this year from Georgia Aquarium. The non-profit organization donated $15,000 to the training program for aspiring veterinary students pursuing aquatic animal medicine. This donation will go directly towards each student’s tuition attending the AQUAVET® III program. Georgia Aquarium also provided a scholarship donation in 2017 to AQUAVET® students.

“The continued support of Georgia Aquarium is so valuable to the program and to the students,” said Dr. Donald Stremme, director of AQUAVET® Programs. “This program allows students to get hands-on, applicable training in a specialized field of veterinary medicine, and alongside veterinarians at world-class facilities like Georgia Aquarium.”

Not only does Georgia Aquarium care for tens of thousands of animals across more than a hundred exhibits, but is also home to one of the largest on-site veterinary health suites in an aquarium - The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. This facility provides students and practicing clinicians the opportunity to learn real-life applications through hands-on training alongside distinguished veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Georgia Aquarium plays host to the AQUAVET® III Program for two weeks from June 25 to July 7. This program is highly competitive and limited to just six students and is designed to give veterinary students practical training focused on zoo and aquarium aquatic medicine. Students shadow and assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians at Georgia Aquarium throughout their routine animal exams and during advanced diagnostics.

Dr. Gregory Bossart, senior vice president and chief veterinary officer at Georgia Aquarium was part of the first AQUAVET® Program during his veterinary training. “The AQUAVET® teaching staff draws on the unprecedented depth of Georgia Aquarium’s animal health, zoological operations, and research and conservation staff to offer a truly unique Ivy League veterinary program,” he said.

Dr. Bossart continued, “The importance of these programs is not only the education these students receive, but the hands-on clinical training it provides them in a unique field of veterinary medicine. Many of the things taught at AQUAVET® are not easily taught inside a 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 then to 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 Humane Certified by American Humane 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