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AAFV Student members:  We have great news!  The AAFV has received donations from the FishVet Group, Inc as well as the University of Florida, Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory  which will fund two student scholarships, ie. The AAFV Student Scholarship - FishVet Group Scholar and the AAFV Student Scholarship - UF Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory Scholar.  We want to thank both these groups for their generous donations.  With these donations, it is anticipated that the AAFV will be able to award 3 scholarships for this upcoming year.  More details are on our "Student Resources" page.
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
The term "fish tale" often refers ro an improbable story or a great big lie.  But this is the true story of how a school without a formal fish health program has spawned many careers in the field while helping to safeguard the aquaculture idustry in Wiscosin and beyond.
Workshops announcement for AA2017 in San Antonio

The Aquaculture America 2017 Steering Committee and the US Aquaculture Society’s Continuing Education ad hoc Committee are pleased to announce two workshops to be held in conjunction with Aquaculture America 2017.  These workshops are valuable training opportunities for USAS students, members and conference attendees.  USAS students and members receive significantly discounted registration rates.  The workshops will be held on February 18 or 19, 2017, before the annual conference on February 19 - 22, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.  For more information or to register for the meeting or workshops, see:

The LEAN Workshop (February 18, 2017) is presented by Terri Lawrence of Collaborative Impact Consultants.  LEAN “is a customer-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything you do.”  It is a Japanese approach to management that focuses on cutting out waste.  It can be used for manufacturing, management and production.  Participants have found these workshops extremely valuable and producers are encouraged to attend.

The Water Quality Workshop (February 19, 2017) is presented by Claude Boyd of Auburn University, and Chris Good of The Freshwater Institute.  Dr. Boyd will give a general overview of the critical need to monitor water quality/chemistry, while Dr. Good will share his expertise of water quality/chemistry in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).  Both presenters have been instructors with workshops such as this around the world.  Participants from academia, extension and producers are encouraged to attend.


Mike Denson, Kathleen Hartman, Dave Straus and Paul Zajicek                                                                                                                           Aquaculture America 2017, Steering Committee

If you would like to have a copy of the flyers with workshop details - please email me

Sept 7, 2016
AQUI-S20E: Immediate Release of Marine Finfish

Authorization for Immediate Release of Marine Finfish After Exposure to AQUI-S20E

Friends, Partners and Colleagues:

Good news! We received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for the immediate release of marine finfish for field based fishery management activities under INAD 11-741.  This means all freshwater AND marine finfish that are sedated with AQUI-S20E at 10-100 mg/l fro up to 15 minutes as part of field-based fishery management activities, may be released immediately after treatment.  Hatchery use, for both freshwater and marine fish, stillhas a 72 hour withdrawal period; however fish that are illegal for harvest may be released immediately.

All AQUI-S20E work must be done under the appoved INAD (11-741). Please contact Bonnie Johnson ( to sign-up to use AQUI-S20E.

Mention of trade names or commercial products does not imply recommendations or endorsements by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program.

Molly P. Bowman

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP


Sept 12, 2016
Authorization for New INAD 12-781: Erymicin 200 injection (Erythromycin)

Friend, Partners, and Colleagues:

We recently received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for new INAD 12-781 for the use of erythromycin (Erymicin 200 Injection) treatment to control bacterial kidney disease (BKD: causative agent Renibacterium salmoninarum) in salmonids. More specifically, Erymicin 200 Injection treatment may be used to 1) control mortality caused by BKD in salmonid species, and 2) reduce or minimize R. Salmoninarum levels in BKD positive female salmonid broodstock in order to control (prevent) the vertical transmission of R.  Salmoniarum to eggs/progeny.

For more information on Erymicin 200Injection INAD 12-781, please visit the AADAP website or contact Bonnie Johnson at

Molly P. Bowman

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP


Request for Applications
HHS National Institutes of Health and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding

 Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding Applications are sought by the HHS National Institutes of Health and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for studies that "... utilize agriculturally important domestic animal species to improve human health through the advancement of basic and translational research deemed highly relevant to both agricultural and biomedical research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage comparative medicine research studies through the careful selection and refinement of farm animal models that mimic human developmental, physiological and etiological processes to better understand the biology of fertility and infertility, normal and abnormal metabolism, developmental origin of diseases, and improve prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in both human and agriculturally important domestic animals. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in food animal production and improvement in animal health and product quality. It is envisioned that each application will address mission-relevant areas of both agencies ..." - Eligible applicants include: State and local governments; State and private institutions of higher education; and for profit and nonprofit organizations. 

Document Title: The title of the July 12, 2016 joint HHS NIH/USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is "Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01)" 

Background: Go to the full announcement for additional information and details: 

Applications Due By:  * Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date 
* Application Due Date(s):  September 27, 2017; September 27, 2018

Questions may be directed to the following Scientific/Research Contact(s):
* Ravi (Neelakanta) Ravindranath, DVM, PhD who is with the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at 301 435 6889; e-mail:
* Mark Mirando, PhD who is with the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture at 202 401 4336; e-mail:


Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium


Animal Food Industry Urges FDA remove unnecessary regulatory burden in VFD program More info


Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) Final Rule More Info


Merck Animal Health and GlobalVetLINK have partnered to develop Aquaflor eVFD's GlobalVetLINK website

Aquaflor eVFD’s


Updated "Guide to Using, Drugs, Biologics and Other Chemicals in Aquaculture" More info


Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Aquaculture Research Program - Use of an Alternative Anesthetic, Aqui-S 20E, in Marine Fish and Elasmobranchs.

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Aquaculture America, Feb 19-22, 2017, San Antonio, TX   More Info

Midwest Veterinary Conference, Feb 23-26, 2017, Columbus Ohio, More info

 2017 AQUAVET® I & II & III Courses May 28 - July 30, 2017 More info