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2 "It's back to the real world for me," he says. Poison-dart frogs, says Dr. Brent Whitaker, make pesky patients.
As the director of medicine for the National Aquarium and its new Animal Care and Research Complex, he should know. It's his job, after all, to make house calls (or tank calls) on about 5,000 animals -- from an octopus needing vitamin C for an eye condition to a dime-size frog needing surgical superglue for an abrasion on his snout.
"When I come to work, I never know how my day is going to go," the 33-year-old veterinarian says with a laugh.