Up Close and Personal: National Aquarium Launches Veterinarian Tour

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Ever wondered how the National Aquarium cares for more than 17,000 animals? Guests now have the opportunity to put on a surgical cap and mask, and dive into a behind-the-scenes veterinarian immersion tour led by one of the Aquarium’s staff veterinarians.  

From taking the heart rate of a jumpy frog to giving a turtle an X-ray, tour participants will discover some of the special techniques used to provide medical care to the animals. Guests will step behind staff-only doors to visit the Aquarium’s animal hospital where a veterinarian will walk them through a live animal exam.

“We’re thrilled to offer a new behind-the-scenes look into the world of our veterinarians,” said Leigh Clayton, National Aquarium Director of Animal Health. “We’re passionate about taking care of these amazing animals and want to share that enthusiasm with guests who are interested in learning more about what we do.”

Tours are offered most Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Tickets range from $37.95 to $54.95 and include access to the Aquarium for exploration prior to or following the tour.


To purchase tickets for a Veterinarian Tour, visit www.aqua.org/immersiontours. For more information about what it takes to become an animal expert at the National Aquarium, view our blog post here.


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The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world’s natural resources and living systems. The National Aquarium delivers meaningful experiences through its living collections; science-based education programs and hands-on experiences in the field from the Chesapeake Bay to Costa Rica; and partnerships and alliances with like-minded organizations around the world. For more information on the National Aquarium, visit www.aqua.org.

Edited from Press Release

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