Internship Alumni


Dr. Tatiana Weisbrod (2018-2019)Tatiana Weisbrod

Dr. Weisbrod completed her internship in 2019. During the program she worked with aquatic and terrestrial species ranging from fish and manatees to bongos and babirusas. She was very grateful for the experience of working with both managed as well as free-ranging populations of marine mammals as part of annual manatee and dolphin health assessments. Her research involved pathologic entamoebiasis in frogs,  dolphin lipidomics, and use of advanced imaging techniques for postmortem examination in a bottlenose dolphin. She was able to present her findings at the 2019 IAAAM conference in Durban, South Africa. Following completion of her internship Dr. Weisbrod will be completing a master’s degree in aquatic animal health with the University of Florida. Her project will focus on diagnostic strategies and management of parasitic enteritis in the Florida manatee.



Alli PuffinDr. Allison Peterson (2017-2018)

Dr. Peterson completed her internship with the AAH Program in 2018. Her research involved the detection and identification of papilloma virus in dolphins which lead to a presentation at the 2018 IAAAM conference. She continued on her training after her internship at AAH, to the Baltimore National Aquarium. During her time there, she completed a one year fellowship working with the wide range of species from bats to puffins to skates and so many more. In addition, Dr. Peterson developed a research project about gastrointestinal disease in Milky Tree Frogs. She will be presenting her findings at ExoticsCon in 2019. Dr. Peterson valued her educational and hands on experience with the aquatic and terrestrial animals at the National Aquarium and looks forward to using what she learned in the future. Following this fellowship, Dr. Peterson has moved onto an internship at the Jacksonville Zoo. She is look forward to continuing to strengthen her skills as a clinician at the zoo and being a Florida resident again!



Dr. Lindsey Waxman (2016-2017)Lindsey waxman

Dr. Waxman’s internship at AAH gave her a wide range of experiences in fish, manatee and cetacean health. Her research included the basic groundwork of detecting herpes virus in bottlenose dolphins in which she presented at IAAAM that year. Subsequent to her internship at UF, she obtained an associate veterinarian position at Miami Seaquarium. During her time at Miami, Dr. Waxman was able to assist with many manatee rehabilitation efforts and offer assistance in a wide case load for the Miami Seaquarium residents. Currently, Dr. Waxman is now happy to be back at the Florida Aquarium (FLAQ) as an associate veterinarian where she helps manage their growing collection and their new sea turtle rehabilitation hospital. The UF AAH Program looks forward to continue working with Dr. Waxman at FLAQ.



Vorbach externshipDr. Bryan Vorbach (2014-2016)

Dr. Vorbach completed his internship in AAH in 2016, working with everything from cetaceans to manatees to reptiles to fish. During his time working at UF’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab (TAL), he completed pharmacokinetic research involving the giant danio. He is continuing to collaborate with Dr. Yanong at TAL on further research projects on this species. Following the completion of his internship, he moved to the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a fellowship where he gained addition experience with the large collection of aquatic and terrestrial animals cared for at the aquarium. In June 2018 Dr. Vorbach took a position as an associate veterinarian at the South Carolina Aquarium, working primarily with fish and sea turtles.

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