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National Aquarium Launches Behind-the-Scenes Veterinarian Immersion Tour


Ever wondered how the National Aquarium cares for close to 20,000 animals or what it’s like to be an animal caretaker? Guests now have the opportunity to put on a surgical cap and mask, and dive into a behind-the-scenes veterinarian immersion tour led by one of the Aquarium’s staff veterinarians.

From taking the heart rate of a jumpy frog to giving a turtle an X-ray, tour participants will discover some of the special techniques used to provide medical care to the animals. Guests will step behind staff-only doors to visit the Aquarium’s animal hospital where a veterinarian will walk them through a live animal exam.

“We’re thrilled to offer a new behind-the-scenes look into the world of our veterinarians,” said Leigh Clayton, National Aquarium Director of Animal Health. “We’re passionate about taking care of these amazing animals and want to share that enthusiasm with guests who are interested in learning more about what we do.”

Tours are offered on most Fridays and Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Tickets range from $37.95 to $54.95 and include access to the Aquarium for exploration prior to or following the tour.

To purchase tickets for a Veterinarian Tour, visit For more information about what it takes to become an animal expert at the National Aquarium, view our blog post here.


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