Inspector of the Year: Veterinary

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Brent Whitaker, DVM, VP of Biological Programs, National Aquarium

Dr. Whitaker has been involved in AZA's accreditation program
since 1993.  As a veterinarian with expertise in aquatic
animals he has participated in many inspections in that time. 
He received a Master of Science degree in Aquatic Toxicology in
1986 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1988 from the
University of Florida.  In 1989, he joined the National
Aquarium as a staff veterinarian and initiated the aquarium's
Marine Animal Rescue Program, which continues to be operational
today.  Currently Dr. Whitaker serves as the Vice President of
Biological Programs, where he oversees the aquarium's husbandry,
veterinary medical, laboratory, marine animal rescue and biological
research programs.  His academic appointments include Research
Associate Professor/Veterinarian at the Institute of Marine and
Environmental Technology, University of Maryland, and Assistant
Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine.  He has also served on multiple
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees over the last twenty
years and currently provides aquatic animal expertise to the
University of Maryland's School of Medicine.  Aside from AZA,
he is also an active member of the International Association for
Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), American Association of Fish
Veterinarians (AAFV), American Association of Zoological Medicine
(AAZV), Association of Reptile and Amphibian Medicine (ARAV) and
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  Dr. Whitaker
remains committed to the education of our future colleagues and the
advancement of animal care and welfare, a commitment that is shared
fully by the AZA.