Dr. Molly Martony is the current University of Florida Aquatic Medicine Resident. She completed her veterinary degree at Western University of Health Sciences and a small animal rotating internship at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital. She spent two years in an exotic animal and avian private practice and provided veterinary services to two zoological facilities in southern California. She completed the SeaWorld California and National Marine Mammal Foundations aquatic medicine veterinary internship. She then worked as an aquatic veterinarian at a Dolphinaris Arizona and then Gulf World Marine Park, prior to starting the residency with UF. She has a special interest in marine mammal ultrasonography and is currently studying the superficial cervical lymph node ultrasonograpic characteristics in bottlenose dolphins to establish early indicators of oral neoplasia.
Martony, M.E., K.J. Krause, S.H. Weldy, S.A. Simpson. Xenotransfusion in an island fox (Urocyon littoralis clementae) using blood from a domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2016; 47(3): 923-926.
Martony, M.E., M. Ivančić, F.M. Gomez, J.M. Meegan, H.H. Nollens, T.L. Schmitt, C.D. Erlacher- Reid, K.P. Carlin, C.R. Smith. Establishing marginal lymph node ultrasonographic criteria in healthy bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2017; 48(4):961-971.
Martony, M.E., D.B. Pouder, R. Yanong, Y. Kiryu, J. Landsberg, R. Isaza, T. Waltzek, N. Stacy, R. Giglio, S. Baker, R. Francis-Floyd. Establishing a diagnostic technique for coelomocentesis in the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum). J Aquat Animl Health. 2018; 30(4):325-331. doi: 10.1002/aah.10043
Martony M, Hernandez JA, de Wit M, St Leger J, Erlacher-Reid C, Vandenberg J, Stacy NI (2019) Clinicopathological prognostic indicators of survival and pathological findings in cold-stressed Florida manatees Trichechus manatus latirostris. Dis Aquat Org 132:85-97. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03306
Dr. Weisbrod is originally from Rochester, NY. She received her bachelor’s in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and studied Maori language and Pacific arts at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She obtained her DVM from Cornell University and completed clinical externships at the New England Aquarium and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. After graduation she pursued a one year small animal rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles and was a volunteer veterinarian at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. She is thrilled to be joining the University of Florida this year as the aquatic animal health intern and plans to focus her research on comparative lipidomics in the bottlenose dolphins. This project will determine the plasma lipid profile of a population of free-ranging dolphins and allow for comparisons to dolphins housed in zoological facilities. This will hopefully lay groundwork for future studies looking at the interplay between nutrition, health and disease on dolphin lipid profiles.
In her free time she enjoys kayaking, scuba, and hiking with her husband and their dogter, Stella. She is also a pun enthusiast and after herring about how great a place UF was could not contain her enthusiasm about joining the school.