Dive Deep Into Aquatic Veterinary Medicine │ Aquadocs

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Dive Deep Into Aquatic Veterinary Medicine │ Aquadocs

When people hear the word “veterinary medicine,’ most of them tend to assume that it’s only about caring for dogs or cats. Sadly, it is easy to forget that domestic pets are not the only animals around.

There is more to that word than just caring for companion animals. Like the human medicine field, there are also several specializations under veterinary medicine – one being aquatic veterinary medicine.

Michelle Greenfield recognized the lack of knowledge about this field, so she created her podcast! Join Michelle as she welcomes interested listeners to the unique and fascinating world of aquatic veterinary medicine! 

“Number 1 podcast on aquatic veterinary medicine and a top 50 life science podcast.”

Learn About Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Dive Deep Into Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Aquadocs

While Michelle has a natural passion and dedication to animals, she does hold a special love for aquatic animals. As a 4th-year Veterinary Student at Cornell University, Michelle aspires to be a professional that can provide compassionate care and love for water-dwelling creatures of all kinds. 

She is currently fascinated and interested in aquatic veterinary medicine. As the name implies, this veterinary field focuses on water and aquatic animals – though they’re not strictly about fish. Veterinarians focused on this animal are typically known as Fish Doctors.

Aquatic veterinary medicine can also focus on reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and certain mammals. Aside from directly working with animals, there are also those that mostly stay in laboratories and do research and diagnostics.

“As a veterinarian, I get to do research. I get to work hands-on with these animals. I get to travel.”


Tune In On Aquadocs For More Aquatic Medicine Knowledge

Dive Deep Into Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Aquadocs

Aquatic veterinary medicine is not a known field. Michelle wanted to do something to change that, hence the birth of Aquadocs Podcast.

“Aquadocs has become an educational tool for students and professionals around the world.”

With almost 60 episodes available, Aquadocs is leaving its mark worldwide by making aquatic veterinary medicine more accessible and engaging to the public! It serves as a platform that professionals in the field can use to share their knowledge and experiences with the listeners. 

“I’m just trying to put something out there that people can listen to. Whether they’re exercising, driving to work, or cooking dinner. And maybe even for some of our younger listeners, get them inspired about a new career path they might not have known previously.”

Aquadocs is making the necessary change to make this field more known. Michelle invites experts to talk about aquatic animal health and highlight their work – whether that be about research, clinical cases, or anything else within the marine animal space! 

With its broad global reach of over 100 countries, Aquadocs continuously prove its standing as one of the most prominent platforms for aquatic veterinary medicine. 


You can find Aquadocs on multiple platforms, including Spotify, Google, and Apple Podcast! Additionally, it has an official website that features all its podcast episodes. Browse through the list of episodes, look through the pictures, and read the blurbs to find one that will catch your interest!

Aside from Aquadocs, Michelle has a special side project in the works. It’s a sensor that provides better and more accurate measurements for horses. It aims to get the weight and overall monitor the horse’s health. 

It will come in the future, so keep an eye out for Michelle’s side project! In the meantime, join Michelle as she explores and dives deeper into aquatic medicine and aquatic animal health!

Have suggestions for who we should interview next?

Send us a message at [email protected]!

Michelle: Hi, everyone. I’m Michelle Greenfield, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: So, you get to start us off. 

Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals. 

Michelle: So, like Chris said, I am a veterinary student. I’m a fourth-year student at Cornell University, and I’m also the host and producer of Aquadocs Podcast, which is the number-one podcast on Aquatic Veterinary Medicine and a top 50 life science podcast.

And essentially, what that means is I get to talk to incredible folks about aquatic animal health and just like Chris is doing here on this podcast, get to highlight people’s work, whether that’s research, clinical cases, anything else they’re really excited about  within the aquatic animal space, and share that with  all of our listeners located in over 100 countries worldwide.

Chris: So, it’s pretty amazing.

So, aquatic animals. I mean, this is not something I think I’ve ever had on the show.

So, you’re the first, welcome. Yeah, I’m really excited, though.

But tell us about this space because it seems like something that people don’t often think a lot about.

So, you’ve got a whole podcast on this and really featuring the professionals and the students and all the great work going on there.

Michelle: Yeah, and I honestly— that’s really why I started Aquadocs, because when people talk about, oh, you’re a vet, they immediately think dog, cat.

And then when you say, “Oh, I don’t actually work with the small little furry things.”

They say, “Oh, so you’re a horse vet.”

Actually, I do aquatics.

And some people look at me and say, “I don’t know what that means.”

Others say, “That’s so cool.”

That’s like the most important part.

And one of the cool things about this podcast is I’m really trying to highlight aquatic medicine is so niche, but also so large.

And so, I’ve had folks on the podcast that are fish doctors. They only see fish, and that’s what they do.

I have other veterinarians on the show who are working at large aquariums, and so they’re dealing with fish.

They’re dealing with amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates.

I’ve had folks on the show who are just sitting in laboratories doing diagnostics that happen to be on aquatic animals. 

Chris: I love the range of people that you get to focus on.

So, why did you start this?

When did you start this?

Kind of takes us back to that point.

Michelle: In college, I actually had the opportunity to go down to South Africa and work at SANCCOB which is a seabird rehabilitation center that specializes in African penguins.

And I loved everything about it.

And I went into it, having—never done really anything veterinary-related.

As a veterinarian, I get to do research,  I get to work hands-on with these animals, I get to travel.

As a first-year veterinary student, there was nothing about the animals, I wanted to learn about.

Chris: So now, you’re what, four years into this? And how has it been? How is it going? 

Michelle: Its, It’s great.

So, we ended up officially launched September 2020. So, we’re about to hit our two-year mark, which is just mind-boggling that this has already gone on for two years.

But yes, Aquadocs has really become a wonderful educational tool for students and professionals around the world.

Today we published about 60 episodes. I’m just trying to put something out there that people can listen to, whether they’re exercising, driving to work, or cooking dinner, and maybe even for some of our younger listeners, get inspired—about a new career path that they might not have known previously.

Chris: Give me an example of some of these episodes and some of the things you’ve talked about. 

Michelle: Let’s see, another episode I did was called: Water Wings for Seadragons.

And— another fun title, I love the title.

And so, that was with Dr. Ari Fustukjian and he had a seadragon, which is—you also haven’t heard of what that is.

You should Google it.

Yeah, they’re really beautiful little creatures, very delicate and there’s a big backstory— spoiler alert for the episode, but you can only collect them.

Very, very specific rules— from the wild for breeding purposes and stuff.

But this one was having buoyancy problems. So, fish have something called the swim bladder, which is what helps them float and remain neutrally, buoyant in the water, essentially, so they’re not sinking and they’re not floating at the top.

And so, the story goes that Dr. Fustukjian, was actually able to develop like little floatation devices, like little life jackets that you and I would wear for the seadragon.

And, you know, that was amazing.

And so it’s such a cool, innovative way to care for an animal that— honestly, a lot of people, probably wouldn’t even think twice about.

Chris: I didn’t know a seadragon existed until you just mentioned it, but I’m definitely going to go look that up and to know that somebody’s like you said focused on helping them and providing—you know, and they have issues like any other animals and humans do.

And someone making a life jacket for a sea dragon is quite innovative.

So now, on this journey, have you, figured out now, what you want to do?

Is there have been anything that you went: “Oh, my goodness, that is the job that I want.” This is the area I want to go focus on.

Michelle: I think one of the things that you and I have had the opportunity to talk about a little offline was just the excitement we get when we talk to people on podcasts.

And so, I typically leave every episode thinking, oh my gosh, this person is fantastic. They’re doing such amazing things. This is what I want to do with my life.

And then a week later, I do another episode and I think, oh my goodness, this person is so amazing.

Chris: This is what I want to do with my life. 

Michelle: Exactly, exactly, I think what I’ve really figured out from all of these conversations with folks is I love learning, 

I love working with a large variety of these animals.

Chris: In addition to doing this podcast, you’re also doing this other startup totally unrelated to aquatic animals.

Michelle: Yeah, one of the other kind of side projects, but still in its infancy and hopefully we’ll get a chance  to talk about maybe in a year or two as it continues to develop, is a product called Equilibrate, which is essentially, I and two other people are developing sensors to provide a better weight measurement for horses.

So, really what we’re trying to do is A, get that weight, and then B, able to monitor a long time weight distribution and just overall monitor the horse’s health.

Chris: Hey, I think it’s amazing that you’re able to do that in addition to the Aquadocs, in addition to obviously trying to pass your boards and all those other things, to become a veterinarian.

So, do you have a life outside of this or this is it?

Michelle: Well, first, thank you. I do appreciate those kind words.

Yes, I do things that make me happy, and I really think that’s part of the key to getting through vet school.

Chris: I see you destined for a career in Animal Planet. I picture—you know, the Aquadocs show—so, the aquatics seem to get looked over sometimes.

Yeah, I mean, if anyone is listening and wants a TV show or other things, really open to any of these things here.

So, obviously, people can subscribe on your favorite podcast app, Aquadocs, but you also have a website as well.

Michelle: You can find us on Spotify, Google, Apple podcasts, or wherever you listen to your podcast.

We also have a website, WWW.AQUADOCSPODCAST.COM which has pictures from all of the episodes as well as little blurbs about each of the people I interview.

And I’m always responsive and love chatting with folks who are as excited about aquatic medicine as I am.

Chris: As I wrap up the show today, I always love to remind our viewers and listeners that these ideas, there’s so many ideas that can help animals.

So, maybe you’ve been thinking about a product or a service or you just have some idea that’s going to help animals or we’d love to talk about it, we’d love to have you on the show.

Go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’d love to have you on.

And I always put in my plug. Don’t forget to please go sign up and be a Dooberteer.

So Michelle, thank you so much. Really excited to see what’s going to happen in the next year.

Hopefully, somebody from Animal Planet is listening and hopefully, we will see you on Nat Geo or Animal Planet, or one of those things in the future.

Michelle: Sounds great, thank you so much.

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