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Episode 179: Pacific Marine Mammal Center w/Dr Hendrik Nollens

This week we are excited to have on Dr. Hendrik Nollens from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Southern California. Dr. Nollens has extensive experience as a wildlife veterinarian and is Vice President of Conservation and Medicine for PMMC. He also has extensive experience working with both cetaceans and pinnipeds.


Dr. Hendrik Nollens, biologist at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Laguna Beach.
(Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Dr Hendrik Nollens is a marine mammal veterinarian, scientist and conservationist.  He is the Vice President of Conservation Medicine and Science of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

Dr Nollens received his veterinary degree from the University of Gent in Belgium, a master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a PhD in infectious diseases of marine mammals from the University of Florida.  Dr Nollens gained much of his clinical experience during his time as a clinical veterinarian at SeaWorld San Diego and as lead veterinarian for the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks.  He is a courtesy Clinical Assistant Professor in marine mammal medicine at the University of Florida.  He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers on various topics of marine animal virology, immunology, physiology and medicine.  He is a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wildlife Disease Association.  He is a board member of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the former vice chair of the NOAA Working Group for Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events.

Putting the knowledge, veterinary experience, research skills and professional network that he has accrued to work for advancing marine mammal science, medicine and conservation is what brought Dr Nollens to PMMC.

August 11, 2020
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