BRISTOL, RI – If you need to know something about a shellfish disease, Roxanna Smolowitz is the doctor to call. Few veterinarians focus on disease testing and treatment of aquatic animals. Even fewer specialize in shellfish. Yet Roxanna is fulfilling a large and growing need for disease screening, diagnostic services, and treatment options for these critters without backbones. Her clients come from up and down the East Coast.
I have been lucky enough to cross paths with Dr. Smolowitz many times over the last few decades. First, we had a joint interest in clams with leukemia and lobsters with shell disease when I worked for the state of Maine in West Boothbay Harbor.
Then, while Smolowitz was in Woods Hole, MA in 1994 working as a researcher based at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), she was one of my instructors for AQUAVET® II, a course focused on diseases of aquacultured species. Eventually, she would become the lead veterinarian at MBL, maintaining the health of all the research animals there, a doctor for everything aquatic.
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