Meet our Doctors

Mariajesus Soula, DVM

Surgical Specialists Intern

Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery

Mariajesus Soula, DVM

Gators! Heat! And Mosquitos! Oh My! I hail all the way from the Sunshine State of Florida where I was born and raised in Miami. I went to veterinary school at the University of Florida where I spent a lot of time with the surgery department and working with several zoological and aquatic animal facilities across the country. It’s also where I became Dr. Mj, and yes it’s a little j! I abandoned the swamp last year when I moved up to the NOVA/DC region for my rotating internship and while I do miss it, I have always enjoyed this area.

If I’m ever not at work, you can find me doing just about anything from cooking to building to competition dog training to learning new trades (I’m currently learning how to weld!). I love being outdoors and adventure time. Currently, my home is ruled by a working long haired German Shepherd Dog (Icky Lyra Jyn) and overrun by way too many saltwater and freshwater tanks.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Wound repair and management
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Corrective orthopedic surgery
  • Zoological surgery

Why do I work at Friendship?

I first met the surgery department here two years ago and instantly knew that I wanted to learn from this team. In the last year I’ve found that this is a forward thinking group that is not only open to trying and developing new techniques but also to working on a plethora of species. They are also very supportive of my goal to become a zoo surgeon and all of my other crazy ideas.


  • BS, Florida International University, Major: Biology
  • DVM, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Certificate in Aquatic Animal Medicine
  • Rotating Internship, Regional Veterinary Referral Center, Springfield VA

Professional Publications

Veterinary research and technique development is very important to me because I believe we all have a duty to move our field forward and leave it better than how it was gifted to us.

Journal Publications

Ardente, Amanda, Garrett, TJ, Colee, J, Soula, Mariajesus, Wells, RS, Walsh, MT, Smith, CR, Jensen,
E, Hill, Richard “Pre- and post-prandial urinary purine and allantoin concentrations in managed and free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncates” In review by the Journal of Aquatic Mammals.
Bascuñán, Ana, Soula, Mariajesus, Millar Kristina, Biedrzycki, Adam, Banks, Scott A, Lewis, Daniel,
Kim, Stanley. “In-Vivo, Three-Dimensional Knee Kinematics in Goats with Unilateral Anterior Cruciate Ligament Transection” Accepted by the Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Soula, Mariajesus, Shmalberg, Justin, Johnson, Matthew D. (2018) “Biomechanical comparison of a
modified 3-loop pulley suture pattern vs a 3-level self-locking pattern for repair of proximal patellar tendon rupture.” American Journal of Veterinary Research 80.4 (2019) 335-341
Boucek, Ross, Soula, Mariajesus, Tamayo, Felipe and Rehage. Jennifer (2016). “A Once in Ten Year Drought Alters the Magnitude, Composition and Quality of a Floodplain Trophic Subsidy to Coastal River Fishes.” Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73 (2011) 1672-1678


International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine; Long Beach, CA May 21, 2018
Presentation Title: A Novel Laparoscopic Approach to Ovariectomy in Stingrays

Phi Zeta Day; Gainesville, FL April 19, 2018
Poster Title: Biomechanical comparison of a modified 3-loop pulley suture pattern vs a 3-level self-locking pattern for repair of proximal patellar tendon rupture

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