Virginia Aquarium Hires First-Ever Veterinarian

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center announced a milestone by hiring its first full-time staff veterinarian. Dr. Allyson McNaughton has joined the on-site staff.

Dr. McNaughton has a specialization in aquatic and exotic animal care. With a full-time vet, the aquarium can now conduct daily health assessments to semi-annual physicals, without having to call one in.

Prior to joining the Virginia Beach facility, Dr. McNaughton was in an Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research Internship with Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut.

A native of British Columbia, Canada. she attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State and the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine.