Sometimes a deep feeling just can’t be explained. Justin Rosenberg, the Aquarium’s current veterinary fellow, appears to search for words when asked about his passion for his chosen field. He says, “Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to be a vet.” When pressed to elaborate he says, “I was just drawn to it. I don’t know how to explain it.”
Justin arrived this past summer as the Vancouver Aquarium’s third ever veterinary fellow. After a long car ride from Colorado with a tankful of pet fish in his Mini Cooper (which is significant because he’s a really tall guy) he dove right into Aquarium life by helping rescue a false killer whale calf, x-raying frogs, doing check-ups on fish and taking blood samples from the belugas, among a million other things.
He’s been impressed with the level of expertise at the Aquarium. About the staff here he marvels, “You can’t do the things we do here anywhere else.”
Justin grew up in a small town in the Atlantic City area of New Jersey. He did an undergraduate degree in math before heading to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, during which time he worked at a primate centre and a large zoo with giraffes, lions and rhinoceroses.
After his year-long stint here, Justin plans to continue training in this specialization of marine animals.
“This is everything I’ve ever wanted to do my entire life. I get to live my dream. I look forward to waking up and coming to work every day.”
Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.