MARVET is an educational program offering introductory courses in marine animal medicine for veterinary students and veterinarians who would like to become more acquainted with the expanding field of marine animal health in the context of conservation medicine. Conservation medicine is an emerging discipline which explores connections between human, animal and ecosystem health.

MARVET is approached in a workshop format, combining classroom presentations with practical hands-on and observational activities through site visits to marine animal facilities and natural ecosystems. Selected workshops now invite participation from biologists, ecologists and advanced students interested in ecosystem health and the interdisciplinary team approach increasingly required for ecological health problem-solving.

MARVET was established in 1999 by Raymond J. Tarpley and Christine A. Curry. Since its inception, the program has operated in a non-profit fashion, with all involved donating their time toward the goal of introducing veterinary students and veterinarians to the field of marine veterinary medicine with an emphasis on marine conservation. The expertise of many individuals and affiliated organizations has combined to make the “MARVET” experience unique.

MARVET workshops de-emphasize the more traditional passive, didactic formats by immersing students in a highly participatory educational platform that utilizes cutting-edge learning theory for professional students to provide the most effective learning environment per unit time.

For more information on current workshops and related news in marine veterinary medicine, please visit the MARVET website.