The College of Veterinary Medicine’s faculty clinicians, diagnosticians, and researchers are working to improve the health of aquatic animals as well as investigate the zoonotic diseases of the marine environment that can threaten public health.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is an accredited full service facility promoting animal and public health through terrestrial and aquatic animal disease diagnostic testing. Disease diagnostics and surveillance for fish and marine mammal populations are provided to public and tribal natural resource agencies, aquaculture facilities, aquariums, and the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Aquatic animal veterinarian Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan provides educational programming and service to the aquarium industry, and is responsible for aquatic animal care at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. In addition, he collaborates with the College of Veterinary Medicine on fish health research and diagnostics, and he also teaches a course in fish medicine to veterinary students.
Dr. Ling Jin’s research on viral diseases of fish has led to a better understanding of these serious infections and to the development of novel methods to quickly and accurately diagnosis their presence in fish populations, which is essential to the successful production of food fish and to the maintenance of successful fisheries.