Institute for Marine Mammal Studies earns American Humane Certified Seal

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, a long-time local animal care and research facility, has landed top honors and a world-wide special designation for its commitment and care of animals.

For decades the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies has been a life line for stranded and wounded marine life and other animals, a specialty they’ve culminated through partnerships as seen just over two months ago when an MSU veterinarian made a special trip to save a rare Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.

Now that turtle is on the mend and ready to reproduce, thanks to all hands-on deck at IMMS. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. In fact, they have netted the IMMS its American Humane Certified Seal, demonstrating the highest standard of animal care, world wide recognition and a first for Mississippi and the Gulf States region. IMMS President Dr. Moby Solangi said, “We are delighted that we have had this prestigious organization that accredits and certifies animal welfare standards in the United States and worldwide, and we have been given the certification.”

A hard-earned distinction. “They sent their audit team, which is biologists, veterinarians. They spent a full two days looking at every aspect of our business-animal welfare issues and the way we handle animals. It wasn’t easy.”

While this distinction is the first in Mississippi, IMMS leaders and researchers continue to work daily to raise the bar when it comes to research and the care of these animals. “We were involved when there was the BP oil spill, then the Bonnet Carre Spillway. We have taken a leadership role along with Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I think we are the top of the line, in not only throughout the United States, but probably recognized throughout the world.”

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