Veterinary Services

The Veterinary Services Department of the MBL is responsible for the health of both aquatic and terrestrial species of animals held at the MBL. We provide animal information, routine veterinary care and respond to animal health problems throughout the MBL. Investigators are encouraged to contact the Attending Veterinarian with any questions about care, housing, disease, appropriate animal models, and handling, as well as protocol pre-review, surgical and other experimental techniques.

Our facilities consist of:

  • Mammalian animal housing
  • Limited housing for avians, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Veterinarian’s office, MRC 311
  • Clinical laboratory, MRC 206

Veterinary consultation is provided at the request of the investigator or their technicians. Services provided are heath certifications, veterinary clinical services, and veterinary pathological services.

Attending Veterinarian: Lisa Abbo, DVM, ext. 7522; E-mail:
Animal Care Coordinator: Daniel Johnson, ext. 7288; E-mail:

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Before any vertebrate animal is used in research at the MBL, a protocol for its usage must be approved by the IACUC. Protocol forms and information can be obtained from the IACUC web site. Questions concerning filling out protocols, current protocol status, or post-approval modifications can be addressed to

Veterinary Externships
2-6 week externships are available for veterinary students only. Details for applying to the program can be found at in the education section.