In the Navy: How veterinarians are keeping military-trained mammals healthy

U.S Army Veterinary Staff supporting the U.S Navy Marine Mammal Program prepare to conduct an in-water ultrasound exam with a U.S. Navy bottlenose dolphin.

For six decades, the Navy has relied on trained marine mammals to assist and protect its personnel and assets in the water. It’s an innovative program that has greatly advanced the world’s understanding of marine mammal medicine,  while also working in service of the U.S.

The U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program, based at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., established in 1959 to assist Navy personnel in a variety of ocean-based missions, such as the protection of divers, the recovery of lost objects, and humanitarian demining missions. A variety of species were evaluated during...


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