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CROW veterinarian earns aquatics certification

By Staff | Jul 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Heather Barron examines a northern gannet admitted to CROW’s wildlife hospital.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s medical and research director, Dr. Heather Barron, was recently certified as an aquatic veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.

The WAVMA Aquatic Veterinarian Certification Program identifies nine core subject matter areas needed to practice aquatic veterinary medicine. Areas of study include the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, husbandry, welfare, laws, and other areas pertinent to the health of aquatic animals such as marine or freshwater mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, and invertebrates.

Veterinarians who have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and experience from a variety of sources are recognized as Certified Aquatic Veterinarians. Currently, there are less than 100 veterinarians worldwide who have earned this distinction.

“I am honored to be recognized as an expert in the field of aquatic animal health,” Barron said. “We are very fortunate to live and work in a place where the health of aquatic wildlife has a high priority and hope this certification will help me better serve CROW and our community.”

Additionally, the certification enables CROW to continue and enhance partnerships with other organizations concerned with aquatic animal health, such as the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, NOAA, Mote Marine Lab, and Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

“CROW routinely cares for many aquatic animals, including sea turtles, fresh water turtles, river otters, seabirds, and others,” Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey said. “Pursuing and maintaining certifications helps us contribute our expertise to the community while offering cutting edge medical care for our patients and delivering a high standard of education for our students and visitors.”