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Who is Dr. Michael Murray?

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.
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