Dr. Mike Murray, Director of Veterinary Services

Areas of expertise: Veterinary Services, Animal Care, Conservation & Science

Aquarium Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Mike Murray is a key figure in sea otter recovery efforts from California to the Russian far east. He is also deeply engaged in the aquarium’s Project White Shark exhibit and field research, cares for the aquarium’s living collection, and has worked to support recovery of endangered bald eagles and California condors.

As staff veterinarian, he provides routine health care for exhibit sea otters and other animals in the aquarium’s living collection, from shorebirds to giant Pacific octopus. He is the veterinarian for the aquarium’s pioneering Sea Otter Program, which rescues and rehabilitates stranded sea otters for return to the wild, and is a partner in the recovery program for the southern sea otter. Dr. Mike also supports medical and surgical activities for a variety of researchers working with marine mammals.

Dr. Mike lectures and publishes widely on avian and exotic veterinary subjects, as well as wildlife and conservation medicine. He teaches veterinary endoscopy procedures worldwide, and has helped develop statewide veterinary standards through the California Veterinary Medical Association.

He graduated from Purdue University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and is licensed to practice veterinary medicine, dentistry and surgery in California, as well as by the USDA. He is a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and serves on the Accreditation Commission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which honored him as Accreditation Inspector of the Year. Prior to entering private practice and subsequently joining the aquarium staff, he worked in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, and at a private zoo and exotic animal practice.

His honors include recognition by the Monterey County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as its two-time Humanitarian of the Year, and by his peers in 2002 as Exotic Doctor of Veterinary Medicine of the Year.

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