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 SEPTEMBER 2-6, 2018


The 2018 International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health convenes every four years, attracting a large audience of fish health professionals from around the world. This is only the second time the Conference has been hosted in Canada!

AAFV is proud to be a part of the 2018 ISAAH.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this outstanding conference. We have a diversity of presentations that will be offered on Monday, September 3.

Our agenda has been finalized and sent in to RACE for CE approval!. Click here for our agenda

If you are planning on attending, please make your travel, lodging and registration arrangements ASAP.

For those who are unable to attend in person, AAFV will be offering the AAFV presentations On Demand post conference. More information on this will be posted at a later date.

Please note: we will we not be able to sell our 2018 t-shirts at the conference or take membership payments due to Canadian regulations.  We will have a t-shirt to display and information will be available on how to become a member and order a t-shirt on-line

2018 ISAAH
ISAAH 2018 is being hosted by the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, the Atlantic Veterinary College, and the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance. Delegates will have the opportunity to join other aquatic health professionals from around the world for scientific workshops and presentations, business meetings, industry panels, keynote presentations, and lots of networking and cultural events.

The theme of ISAAH 2018 is “Integrating Biotechnology in the Advancement of Aquatic Animal Health”.

Have you Booked your Accommodations yet? 
ISAAH is offering special room rates at the Conference host hotel & a few others within walking distance to the Convention Centre. But rooms are filling up fast! Book early to avoid disappointment. Special conference room rates will apply only for bookings made before August 1st - 3rd at select hotels.

Have you Registered yet?
Full conference registration and a limited number of one-day passes are available, as well as opportunities to register for pre-conference workshops, off-site events, and post-conference tours


To learn more about the ISAAH 2018 program and events, visit the ISAAH 2018 Website


2019 AVMA Call For Abstracts

The call for abstracts for 2019 AVMA Convention, August 2-6 in Washington DC, is now open! We urge our members to consider submitting.abstracts.

Submission closes September 28.…/annual/2019/abstract_submission.cfm

Aquatic submissions should be listed under Food Animal/Equine “Track” and Aquatic “Sub-track” for all aquatic topics

The American Association of Fish Veterinarians Announces
Four Scholarship Recipients for 2018

The American Association of Fish Veterinarians announces the 4 recipients of their 2018 AAFV scholarships.  As in previous years, all applicants were well qualified which made the task for the scholarship committee difficult.  AAFV is very appreciative of the scholarship money they received from the University of Florida Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory, Dr. Tim Kniffen, Merck & Company, Inc., Dr Allyson McNaughton and Dr. Rick Harmon.  Their contributions help further aquatic veterinary medicine.

The American Association of Fish Veterinarians and the AAFV Scholarship Committee would like to announce the following recipients and congratulate them:

 Courtney Wright
Courtney is in the class of 2019 at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, She plans to use the scholarship for externships at Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN , Clear Springs Foods, Buhl, ID, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, Ruskin, FL,  Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the University of Washington’s Department of Comparative Medicine.  Her scholarship is sponsored by the University of Florida Wildlife and Veterinary Disease Laboratory

 Sarah Wright
Sarah is in the class of 2020 at University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. 
She will use the scholarship for attending: IAAAM conference in Long Beach, CA,

 Josh Zlotnick
Josh is in the class of 2020 at North Carolina State University. College of Veterinary Medicine. He will use the scholarship to attend AQUAVET ®I.

Katherine Weber
Katherine is in the class 2019 of University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine.  She will be use the scholarship to attend AQUAVET® I.


Dr. Stacy's presentation on Fish Hematology, (originally scheduled for August 12) has been rescheduled to December 20, 9-10pm, EST
More information will be sent out closer to the presentation date.

AAFV Members in the News!

Got a Sick Fish?

In 2017, about 139 million freshwater fish were owned by Americans, making fish the most popular pet category in the United States. By comparison, there were 70 million dogs and 74 million cats owned as pets in the U.S., according to the AVMA.

Click here for the article


FDA Federal Register Notice Request for Comments
New Animal Drugs for Investigational Uses

 FDA is seeking additional public comments on the paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with its regulations which "... set forth the conditions for investigational use of new animal drugs and require reporting and recordkeeping [in order] to protect the public health. [FDA] determine that investigational animal drugs are distributed only to qualified investigators, adequate drug accountability records are maintained, and edible food products from treated food-producing animals are safe for human consumption. [FDA] also use the information collected to monitor the validity of the studies submitted to us to support new animal drug approval ..."

Comments Due By: August 15, 2018

The July 16, 2018 FDA Federal Register Notice is posted at


FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Update

Notice of Availability of Guidance for Industry #3
Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New
Animal Drugs Used in Food-Producing Animals

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued a final Guidance for Industry #3, titled 'General Principles for Evaluating the Human Food Safety of New Animal Drugs Used in Food-Producing Animals', which "... describes the type of information that [CVM] recommends sponsors provide to address the human food safety of new animal drugs used in food-producing animals. The human food safety evaluation of new animal drugs used in food-producing animals helps ensure that food derived from treated animals is safe for human consumption. CVM developed this guidance to inform sponsors of the scientific data and/or information that may provide an acceptable basis to determine that the residue of a new animal drug in or on food, when consumed, presents a reasonable certainty of no harm to humans ..."

 Comments Due By: May be submitted at any time

More information


The 2018 Humane Endings Symposium Call for Abstracts

Abstracts should clearly relate to euthanasia, humane slaughter, or depopulation, or the harmonization of voluntary guidance and regulations for these activities. Examples of submissions of interest include recent research findings; reviews of research in a defined area; discussions of voluntary or regulatory oversight; and efforts or methods for harmonizing recommendations, nationally and internationally.

The Symposium will be held November 2-4 in Rosemont IL.  More information regarding the 2018 Symposium and Call for Abstracts can be found by following the link below (or to the left under Upcoming Events):

 If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact


Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium





Loan, Grant, Training and Research Programs

NIFA Grant Funding Opp. Annc. - Comp. Genomics Rsh. Prog. Understanding Biol. Processes Related toHealth & Disease of Agriculturally Important Animals
More information
Deadlines: October 5, 2018, February 5, 2019, & June 5, 2019

Rqst 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
More information
Deadline Aug 28, 2017/2018



University of Idaho
Research Nutritionist
Location: Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station
Job Description

Auburn University School of Aquaculture Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (SFAAS)
Extension Specialist - FIsh Health
Location: Alabama Fish Farming Center (AFFC), Greensboro
Job Description
Deadline: Open until filled

University of California-Davis, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine
Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Marine Aquaculture Science
Location:UC Davis’s Bodega Marine Laboratory
Job Description
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019 if not already filled

UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center
Research Assoc - Fish Pathology
Job Description - email Dr. Ramena:
Deadline: Nov 16 or until filled
6/11 Update - position still open

Michigan State University, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Natural Resource
Assistant or Associate Professor
Location: Michigan State University
Job Description
Deadline: Until position is filled

6/11 Update - postion still open



2018 ISAAH
September 2-6, 2018
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada


US Trout Farmers Assn Fall Conference & Meeting
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ExoticsCon 2018

Sept 22-27
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50th Annual AAZV with EAZWV/IZW
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2018 Humane Endings Symposium
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46th Scientific Symposium of the United States-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UJNR)
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Gill Health Symposium for Marine Fish
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AAFV Joint Conferenc with  AAZV, ARAV, AEMV and AAV
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23rd Biennial Society of Marine Mammalogy Conference/2nd World Marine Mammal Science Conference
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Barcelona, Spain

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