Dr. Marie Rush is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. After graduating from Auburn University with a BS in Animal and Dairy Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree, she pursued a career in wildlife conservation medicine with a rotating medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in clinical zoo and wildlife medicine and surgery at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Following this, she served at the Birmingham Zoo as the Director of Veterinary Services and Curator of Ectotherms.
In 2007, Marie joined Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as Assistant Professor teaching zoo, wildlife and exotic animal medicine, and served as the veterinarian for the Southeastern Raptor Center. She also began working with the Environmental Institute at Auburn University, and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Fish and Wildlife Services with a project to repatriate Eastern Indigo snakes to the southeastern United States, including southern Alabama. Marie serves as the veterinary advisor for the SSP for Chinese Alligators.
In 2009, Marie joined the faculty of St. George’s University’s School of Veterinary Medicine as Associate Professor in pathobiology/small animal medicine and as Coordinator of wildlife research, teaching zoo and exotic animal medicine and disease. After nearly 10 years, she retired from full time faculty, but continues to teach each term and work with student research in conservation/wildlife fields. She was named a senior research fellow at the Winward Islands Research and Education Foundation and continues to work on field conservation research in Grenada. Dr. Rush joined the Antech Imaging Services staff team serving in telemedicine and diagnostic imagining interpretation in 2015, where she focuses on zoo, wildlife and exotic animal species. Marie serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, and is a reviewer for multiple peer reviewed journals in the veterinary field. She has authored and co-authored over 25 publications, 2 book chapters and 15 peer reviewed presentations in her field. She continues to work in private practice and enjoys meeting new patients and clients. She continues to teach at multiple veterinary schools, enjoys the opportunity to mentor others, learn something new each day and inspire a passion for the natural world through conservation medicine, research and education.
In her free time, Dr. Rush enjoys spending time with her family, hikes, observing and photographing wildlife in the rainforest and wilderness, art, attending cultural events and going to Auburn football games.