The Susie Buttrick Award is named after our longest running volunteer here at the Aquarium. This award provides the opportunity for a department to provide enrichment to their volunteers’/interns’ experiences at the New England Aquarium. This grant is awarded to a department that meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • Develops a thoughtful recognition program for their volunteers and interns.  
  • Implements additional professional development or training of volunteers/interns. 
  • Utilizes the skills and expertise of volunteers for a special project, providing
  • volunteers and interns with a sense of connection to the department and to the New England Aquarium. 
  • Hosts and implements a project initiated by a volunteer or intern.

The winner of the 2016 Susie Buttrick Award was the Necropsy Department. With this grant, the Necropsy Department will purchase a series of navy blue scrub top and bottom sets, embroidered with their team division for the purposes of:
  1. Creating an important barrier between our live patients we are caring for at our facility and deceased marine animal we examine in our lab or in the field.
  2. Maintaining professionalism of post-mortem examinations that are accessible to the public eye.
By creating a distinction between Necropsy team members and the veterinarian team, we can reduce the risk of cross-contamination between live and deceased animals and create an easy distinction between staff in the field.