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Charles Innis, VMD, DABVP (RA)

Anderson Cabot Center Associated Scientist
Director, Animal Health, New England Aquarium

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V.M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 1994
B.A., Biology, Cornell University, 1990.


Dr. Charles Innis received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University in 1990, and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He was in private practice working with small animals and exotic animals from 1995 to 2005, and has been working full time at New England Aquarium since 2005, where he is currently the Director of Animal Health. He is an adjunct professor at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Innis is a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and is Past President of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. He has published numerous scientific articles and several textbook chapters on the medical and surgical management of wildlife, especially chelonians, and has been an invited speaker at national and international veterinary conferences. In 2011, Dr. Innis became one of the first veterinarians in the United States to be recognized as a reptile and amphibian specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Innis is co-editor and co-author of the text, Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation, which was released in 2017.

  1. Select Publications

    Stacy NI, Field CL, Staggs L., MacLean RA, Stacy BA, Keene J, Cacela D, Pelton C, Cray C, Kelley M, Holmes S, Innis CJ 2017. Clinicopathological findings in sea turtles assessed during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Endangered Species Research. 33:25-37.

    Innis CJ, Merigo C, Cavin JM, Hunt K, Dodge KL, Lutcavage M. 2014. Serial assessment of the physiologic status of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) during direct capture events in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean: comparison of post-capture and pre-release data. Conservation Physiology 2:

    Innis CJ, Braverman H, Cavin JM, Ceresia ML, Baden LR, Kuhn DM, Frasca S Jr, McGowan JP, Hirokawa K, Weber ES III, Stacy B, Merigo C. 2014. Diagnosis and management of Enterococcus spp infections during rehabilitation of cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley turtles: 50 cases (2006-2012). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 245:315–323.

    Innis CJ, Feinsod R, Hanlon J, Stahl S, Oguni J, Boone S, Schnellbacher R, Cavin J, Divers SJ. 2013. Coelioscopic orchiectomy can be effectively and safely accomplished in chelonians. Veterinary Record.

    Stacy NI, Innis CJ, Hernandez JA. 2013. Development and evaluation of three mortality prediction indices for cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii). Conservation Physiology.

    Keller K, Innis C, Tlusty MF, Kennedy AE, Bean SB, Cavin JM, Merigo C. 2012. Metabolic and respiratory derangements associated with death in cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii): 32 cases (2005-2009). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 240(3): 317-323.

    Innis C, Merigo C, Dodge K, Tlusty M, Dodge M, Sharp B, Myers A, McIntosh A, Wunn D, Perkins C, Herdt T, Norton T, Lutcavage M. 2010. Health evaluation of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the northwestern Atlantic during direct capture and fisheries gear disentanglement. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9(2): 205-222.

    Innis C, Nyaoke A, Williams CR, Dunnigan B, Merigo C, Woodward D, Weber ES, Frasca S. 2009. Pathologic and parasitologic findings of cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) stranded on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 2001-2006. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(3):594-610.

    Innis C, Ravich J, Tlusty MF, Hoge M, Wunn D, Boerner-Neville L, Merigo C, Weber ES. 2009. Hematologic and plasma biochemical findings in cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 235(4):426-432.

    Innis C, Hernandez-Divers SJ, Martinez-Jimenez D. 2007. Coelioscopic-assisted pre-femoral oophorectomy in chelonians. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 230(7): 1049-1052.

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