Fish doctor to speak
, 2014

Fish doctor to speak

The 2013 Sundays At Two series will conclude March 10 with a talk by Dr. Robert George, an aquarium veterinarian specializing in doctoring sharks, turtles and all fish, great and small.

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Dr. Robert George

The program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Library at 235 School Street in Kilmarnock.

Dr. George will discuss how a veterinarian provides the health care wild and exhibit aquatic animals require, peppered with stories about individual species, said committee member Lovey Jane Long. He will cover a variety of interesting aquatic animals and how they are cared for in zoos and aquariums. Dr. George will discuss their life histories, conservation issues, along with his own experiences with a variety of these animals.

Although Dr. George was born in Baltimore, Md., his father’s family were fishboat people and watermen from Fairport, said Long. He spent the summers there in his youth on the water. After graduating from University of Maryland and getting a Veterinary of Medicine degree from the University of Georgia, he and his wife moved to Gloucester and now live in Mathews County.

He provides or oversees health care services for the Virginia Aquarium, the Virginia Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Network, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Ripley’s aquariums in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Toronto, Canada. His patients include fish, sea turtles, seals, whales, crocodiles, birds, sharks and most anything that swims in the seas.

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