Greg Lewbart


Who is Dr. Michael Murray?

January 21, 2013

Tags: Michael Murray, DVM

Dr. Michael Murray is a 1977 graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he spent 6 years serving in the US Army Veterinary Corps. Following completion of his tour of duty, he entered private veterinary practice in a traditional companion animal clinic in Seaside, CA. In 1989, Dr. Murray founded the “Avian and Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula”, a practice limited to birds, reptiles, and other “exotic” pets. He started working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a contract veterinarian in 1988, and then began a full-time position there in 2004.

The Monterey County SPCA awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Dr Murray in 1984 and 2002. He was also selected as the Speaker of the Year for the Avian & Exotic Sessions at the North American Veterinary Conference in 2001 and Exotic DVM of the Year in 2002. He has lectured extensively on a variety of avian and exotic veterinary subjects, as well as wildlife and conservation medicine. Dr. Murray has been involved as an instructor in numerous endoscopy courses worldwide since 1989.

As the full-time, staff veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dr. Mike’s responsibilities include veterinary care for the living collection of birds, mammal, fish, and invertebrates; veterinary support for the Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program; and providing veterinary support for a number of collaborating scientists involved in sea otter and conservation-related research in California, Alaska, and Russia. He is also involved in collaborative research efforts involving white sharks, mola, and mobulid rays.

Currently, Mike is on the AZA accreditation commission was recognized as an Inspector of the Year in 2011.

Selected Works

Science Writing
The Second Edition of Invertebrate Medicine was released in December, 2011. It has been substantially expanded from the first edition to reflect the tremendous growth of the pertinent literature and work that is being accomplished in the fields of invertebrate animal medicine, disease investigation, conservation, husbandry, and animal welfare. In 2012 it is being recognized with a Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY award for excellence in the Life Sciences Category and first place in the Health Care Professionals (nonphysicians) category of the 2012 American Medical Writers Association Book Awards.
This book, edited by Karen L. Rosenthal, Neil A. Forbes, Frederic L. Frye, and Gregory A. Lewbart, utilizes approximately 400 clinical cases to describe and address many of the major medical and surgical conditions of exotic animal pets.
Invertebrate Medicine is the single most comprehensive resource available today on invertebrate animal medicine.
" will without doubt want to own this excellent collection of questions from fish veterinarians on both sides of the Atlantic...." --David Williams, The Veterinary Journal
Creative Non-Fiction
"This is a delightful book. The stories, each amazingly different, are told with warmth, humor and sensitivity. They are sometimes sad, always captivating. It is a book you can dip into on a journey or read before sleep at night. Buy it and give copies to your friends." Jane Goodall
“....a darn good yarn.”
--Ken Moore, Naples Daily News
“...well-told and environmentally informative story about buried treasure and smuggling of exotic animals...”
--Rod Cockshutt, The News & Observer