Martin Haulena

Dr Marty Haulena

Adjunct Professor
Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver, British Columbia

Education:1993Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
1996 – Veterinary Internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT
1999 Master of Science (Wildlife Pathology), University of Guelph
Thesis entitled: Plasma biochemical changes in response to transport, handling, and variation of water quality in sand tiger sharks
2007 – Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine


2006 to present – Staff Veterinarian, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC

2004 to 2006 – Relief Veterinarian, San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, CA

1997 to 2006 – Staff Veterinarian, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA

1993 to 1995 – Associate Veterinarian, The Links Road Animal Clinic, Willowdale, ON

Current Position:

2007 to present – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

2006 to present – Scientific Board of Advisors, Seadoc Society, University of California (Davis)


Research Interests:  Dr. Martin Haulena has an MSc in wildlife pathology and a Doctor of Verterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph, and has just been certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.  He is conducting clinical and basic research on marine mammals and is actively involved in the preservation of endangered species.  He has worked closely with UBC researchers studying Steller sea lions housed at the Aquarium and is on the advisory committee of three UBC students.  He participates in field studies of seals and sea lions in California, British Columbia and Alaska, and regularly presents findings at scientific conferences.  He has co-authored 27 research papers pertaining to the health and physiology of marine mammals.  Dr. Haulena has been working closely with the Marine Mammal Research Unit since being hired by the Vancouver Aquarium in 2006 and is contributing to the training of our students and development of our research program.

Selected Publications:

Haulena M. 2007. Otariid seals. In: Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia. G. West, D. Heard and N. Caulkett (eds.), Blackwell Publishing, Ames. Pp. 469-478.

Haulena, M., Gulland, F.M.D., Lawrence, J.A., Fauquier, D.A., Jang, S., Aldridge, B., Spraker, T., Thomas, L.C., Brown, D.R., Wendland, L., and Davidson, M.K. 2006. Lesions associated with a novel Mycoplasma sp. in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) undergoing rehabilitation. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42: 40-45.

Haulena, M., E. Buckles, F.M.D. Gulland, J.A. Lawrence, A.Wong, S. Jang, M.M. Christopher and L.J. Lowenstine. 2002. Systemic mycosis caused by Scedosporium apiospermum in a stranded northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) undergoing rehabilitation. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 33: 166-171.

Haulena, M. and F.M.D. Gulland. 2001. Use of medetomidine-zolazepam-tiletamine with and without atipamezole reversal to immobilize captive California sea lions. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 37: 566-573.

Haulena, M. and R.B. Heath. 2001. Marine mammal anesthesia. In: CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Second Edition, L.A. Dierauf and F.M.D. Gulland (eds.), CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton. Pp. 655-688.


Professional Associations

International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

American Veterinary Medical Association

British Columbia Veterinary Medicine Association

Wildlife Disease Association

Canadian Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians

Society for Marine Mammalogy