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Our Crew And Volunteers

The Marine Mammal Rescue team includes our staff veterinarian (as well as several consulting veterinarians), animal health technicians, animal care and rehabilitation specialists, and many dedicated volunteers. All members of the team are highly trained to provide qualified and experienced veterinary care to our animal patients.

Interested in joining us at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre? Check out our Volunteer and Careers sections frequently.

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Dr Martin Haulena

Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Martin Haulena, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACZM, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993 and completed a Master's degree in pathobiology from the University of Guelph in 1999. Dr. Haulena was the Staff Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA for nine years and is currently Staff Veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium. His special interests are in the medical management of aquatic animals—particularly marine mammals—with emphasis on innovative diagnostic methods such as MRI's, endoscopy and sonography, developing safe anesthetic protocols and improving surgical techniques.

Rescue Centre Manager

Lindsaye Akhurst is the Manager at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and has been working at the centre since 2006. Lindsaye is a registered Animal Health Technologist, Board member of the Oiled Wildlife Society of B.C. and a member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators network of British Columbia and the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

Lindsaye Akhurst
Shanie Fradette

Animal Health Technologist

Shanie Fradette has been a Registered Animal Health Technologist since 2007 and joined the Marine Mammal Rescue Team in June 2008. She is originally from Quebec and speaks French and English fluently. She came to the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre with experience working with dolphins and turtles from an internship at a Rehabilitation Hospital in Florida.

Rehabilitations Specialist

Amelia MacRae has completed a BA in English Literature from UVIC, a BSc in Global Resource Systems from UBC and in 2009, completed an MSc from UBC’s Animal Welfare Program. Her thesis examined the effect of diet and the provision of supplementary heat on pups’ growth and survival. Amelia's previous work has included Enrichment Coordinator at the Calgary Zoo where she worked with a wide variety of species including grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, wolves, moose and whooping cranes, and as a Marine Mammal Trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium. Amelia has just started her PhD in Animal Welfare at UBC.

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Our Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Volunteering at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre involves: cleaning facilities and animal enclosures; preparing food; assisting with animal feedings; assisting with medication preparation and administration; performing observations; keeping records; assisting with medical diagnostic procedures; and accompanying staff on rescues and releases.


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