Dr. Ari Fustukjian, DVM, CertAqV, and Associate Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium A Tampa Bay area native, Ari Fustukjian grew up enchanted with the diverse array of wildlife found
Dr. Ari Fustukjian, DVM, CertAqV, and Associate Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium
A Tampa Bay area native, Ari Fustukjian grew up enchanted with the diverse array of wildlife found in and around Florida’s rivers and beaches. After completing an undergraduate degree in biological science at The State University of NY (SUNY) Albany, he went on to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in New York. Following completion of his DVM, he accepted the prestigious internship in aquatic animal medicine at The Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. His “free” time has found him tracking timber rattlesnakes in the Adirondack mountains, seining for gobies in the Great Lakes, and neutering jaguars in the rainforests of Belize, always striving to learn more about the care and medicine of exotic creatures. Now returned to the Bay area as the Associate Veterinarian for The Florida Aquarium, Dr. Ari’s daily routine is anything but. From sharks to sea anemones, sea turtles to cephalopods, Dr. Ari strives every day provide top notch healthcare to all the animals in the Aquarium’s collection.
Join Dr. Ari as he talks about the rarely straightforward, often messy, always exciting world of aquatic animal medicine.