Meet our Faculty
Dr. Debra P. Moore, DVM
Assistant Clinical Professor, CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Dr. Moore is onsite to provide full-time medical care for all sea turtles and dolphins at IMMS. She also teaches veterinary students and conducts gross necropsies.
Dr. Christa Barret, DVM
Intern, CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Dr. Barret provides full-time medical care for all sea turtles and dolphins at IMMS, teaches veterinary students and conducts gross necropsies under the supervision of Dr. Moore.
Dr. Tim Morgan, DVM, PhD, Dipl. A.C.V.P.
Professor, Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Dr. Morgan is a board-certified veterinary pathologist who leads gross necropsy and
histopathology of dolphins and sea turtles and teaches veterinary students.
Dr. Mark Lawrence, DVM, PhD
Professor and Director, MSU Global Center for Aquatic Food Security
Dr. Lawrence is a veterinary microbiologist who specializes in aquatic animal medicine and directs the GEBF-funded MSU/IMMS collaborative program.
Dr. Bill Epperson, DVM, MS, Dipl. A.C.V.P.M. (Epidemiology)
Professor and Head, Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
Dr. Epperson is a board-certified veterinary epidemiologist and conducts epidemiological assessment of sea turtle and dolphin mortalities and teaches veterinary students.
Dr. Alison Lee, DVM, Dipl. A.C.V.R.
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Lee is a board-certified veterinary radiologist who provides analysis in conducting and interpreting radiographs, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRI scans of marine animals and teaches veterinary students.
Sea Turtles & Marine Animals Team
In addition to this team, other veterinary specialists at MSU CVM provide expertise to support the health care of sea turtles and marine mammals. These specialists include:
Dr. John Thomason (DVM, MS, Dipl. A.C.V.I.M.), who is board-certified in veterinary internal medicine and conducts diagnostic examinations of marine animals utilizing gastroscopy/endoscopy and serves as a consultant for medical management of cases.
Dr. Caroline Betbeze (DVM, MS, Dipl. A.C.V.O.), who is board-certified in veterinary ophthalmology and conducts examination and medical management of eye problems in sea turtles and dolphins.
Dr. Andrew Shores (DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. A.C.V.I.M. (Neurology) and Dr. Michaela Beasley (DVM, MS, Dipl. A.C.V.I.M. (Neurology), who are board-certified veterinary neurologists and conduct CT and MRI scans of live sea turtles and dolphins and provide neurology consulting.
Dr. Matt Williams (DVM, Dipl. A.C.V.P.), who is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist responsible for diagnostic support of cytology, blood CBC and serum chemistry for marine animals.
Fish & Shellfish Team
MSU CVM is also unique in offering a team of aquatic animal medicine diagnosticians and researchers to support the health of fish and shellfish.
This team includes 11 faculty who specialize in virology, bacteriology, parasitology, toxicology, pathology and immunology, making it the largest team of aquatic animal health specialists in the U.S. In addition, MSU CVM has five board-certified veterinary epidemiologists, giving it the largest group of veterinary epidemiologists among U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine to conduct outbreak investigations.