Baltimore's National Aquarium offers behind-the-scene veterinarian tour

BALTIMORE (WJLA) - It's not every day that Evan Sydnor gets to check a toad's heart rate. To do something like that, Evan needs to head behind the scenes at the National Aquarium.

Alongside veterinarian Colin McDermott and the rest of his tour group, Evan got a sneak peek at places aquarium visitors usually aren't allowed. On tour with McDermott, groups find out how the aquarium's medical staff cares for dolphins, birds, sloths and even sharks.

"A typical day tends to be a little atypical," McDermott said. "There are a lot of things we can do. It's not just fish."

The aquarium's staff includes four veterinarians and three vet techs that handle everything from x-rays to surgery to annual check-ups.

The behind-the-scenes vet tour has become immensely popular with both kids and adults. It's also a way for future vets to see what their future career might hold.

"I like getting all experience I can before going off to college," 17-year-old Katelyn Jones said. "To see different vets and what they do and what's different from what I've seen before."

The tour runs twice a week, on Fridays and Saturdays, at 4 p.m. Ticket prices can range from $35 to $55 per person.