Board of Visitors learn about Georgia Aquarium partnership




Athens, Ga. – The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health, a partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured at the November meeting of the University of Georgia Board of Visitors.


The UGA Board of Visitors aims to build relationships between the state’s largest and most comprehensive research university and its elected officials, business leaders and community organizations. Members serve a two-year term in which they have the opportunity to hear from some of the university’s most celebrated faculty members, its top researchers and most promising students.


Dr. Sheila Allen, Dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, was the featured speaker.  In addition to highlighting the College’s history and current academic focus, she also shared with the group the history of the Correll Center.  In 2006,  A.D. “Pete” Correll ’63 BBA, retired chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his wife Ada Lee ’63 BSED, helped ensure the success of the new Georgia Aquarium by funding The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health.  The Correll Center is a partnership between UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Georgia Aquarium.  It created the first ever teaching hospital integrated into an aquarium. The 10,000 square-foot facility was designed by 12 world renowned veterinary and conservation professionals for the purpose of caring for the 120,000 animals at Georgia Aquarium, conducting research and teaching aquatic medicine. The Correll Center uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, mobile/portable ultrasound, mobile gas and water-bourn anaesthesia systems, complete surgical suite with instrument sterilization features and a custom computerized medical records system.


Trey Paris, Chair of the Board of Visitors, stated, “The Correll Center is a wonderful example of UGA living its mission to teach, research, and serve.  This partnership provides our Veterinary Medicine faculty and students with hands-on experience in aquatic medicine while providing the Georgia Aquarium with healthy animals for visitors from around the world to enjoy.”