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2017 AAFV Joint Conference

Embassy Suites Now Open for Booking

Conference Announcement
and Call for Proposals

September 24 & 25, 2017

Join us for the American Association of Fish Veterinarians Annual Conference,
taking place September 24 & 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. 

Click here for more information

Help Wanted!
The AADAP program wants to expand the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved label for Halamid Aqua (100% chloramine-T).  In order to do this, we need to generate field effectiveness studies, see  list below, that will be both acceptable to FDA and help support expanding the label. 
Study 1:  Use of chloramine-T to control mortality in any species of freshwater-reared salmonid due to columnaris disease
Study 2:  Use of chloramine-T to control mortality in any species on freshwater-reared non-salmonids due to bacterial gill disease.
If you are interested in assisting with either study, AADAP will work with you to conduct the study. Whether that involves providing fish test tanks, having staff come out to your facility to get the study started or coordinating fish health diagnosis.  AADAP staff will also analyze the data, write the report, and get it submitted to FDA.
Expanding the Halamid Aqua label will not be possible without help from our partners.  Please contact us if you are interested and, thanks so much for your consideration.

Aquaculture America 2017, AADAP Meeting Recap 

 Aquaculture America conferences are the largest gatherings of aquaculture researchers, regulators, and industry representatives in the United States.  This year’s conference was held February 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas. 

During the conference the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Drug Approval Working Group or DAWG meeting was held and several AADAP staff members attended. The meeting provided an opportunity for staff to meet with fish drug sponsors to see what support they can provide to move products towards FDA-approval. Attendees also met with members of the FDA Aquaculture Team for an informal discussion on improving the efficiency of the fish drug approval process.  Although the subject matter might not sound too stimulating, candid and open dialogue with drug sponsors, FDA staff, researchers, and end-users is essential to the drug approval process, and it’s why the AADAP Program participates in these conferences.  More information

INAD, Investigational New Animal Drug, 2016 Year in Review  By Bonnie Johnson

Use – The AADAP INAD program continues to move forward and 2016 turned out to be another successful year based on numbers of use and study numbers assigned. A total of 222 federal, state, private, tribal, and university fisheries groups used one or more INADs during 2016. The drugs being used the most include Aqui-S 20E (fish sedative) followed by LHRHa (spawning aid) and florfenicol (in-feed antibiotic).  And this past year, AADAP INAD investigators in the participating groups requested treatments on 806 different occasions. 

Report Review – There is currently a large number of INAD studies in stage six waiting for review.  If your study is in stage six, there is nothing more you need to do except wait to be contacted by AADAP staff if there are questions during review of your study.  If no questions, your study will be advanced to stage seven and closed out.

Time to get rolling for 2017 – The 2017 INAD program sign-up period is now under way and invoices are being sent out to all non-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participants enrolled in the program. Please be aware that enrollment and study numbers do not automatically carry over from the previous year. If you are unable to create a study request or enter a drug receipt, please check your Investigator Account Information section to make sure the 2017 enrollment has been added to your account. And if you need additional INAD information, it’s just a click away.


AVMA applauds bill that would increase access to vet care in rural areas

WASHINGTON — The AVMA welcomes the introduction of S. 487, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). This bill will increase funding available for grants through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), which implements loan forgiveness for veterinarians who commit to serving in federally designated veterinary shortage areas. Representatives Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1268, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rest of article


NAHMS seeks your help in selecting the focus of the Aquaculture 2020 study
The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), a nonregulatory unit of USDA–APHIS–VS, is developing its Aquaculture 2020 study. This study is expected to include production of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks for various end uses. NAHMS strives to collect information that will be most beneficial to the stakeholders. Your input is essential if we are to identify key health issues and fill information gaps facing the U.S. aquaculture industry sectors.

Please complete a brief survey on line in SurveyMonkey to

  • tell us what you consider to be the most important health issues facing the aquaculture industry. 
  • help identify the critical information needs regarding health-management practices used in the U.S. aquaculture industry sectors.
  • share your opinion on how we can encourage aquaculture producers to participate in the Aquaculture 2020 study.

NAHMS will use results from the needs assessment survey to develop the information objectives that will shape the actual NAHMS study.

The survey will be available from March 22 through April 30, 2017.

NAHMS Aquaculture 2020 needs assessment survey


Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium

Loan, Grant and Research Programs

 Request for Applications: New Animal Drug Research

Grants to support the development of new animal drugs intended for minor species or minor uses in major species. Funding Opportunity Announcement #RFA-FD-15-004.

Final Application Date: January 12, 2018


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



Aquatic Animal Health Recruitment Fellowship, UC-Davis
Job Description
Deadline April1, 2017

Veterinarian and Marine Biological Laboratory Scientist                                 Job description  Application

Associate Veterinarian Position
More info



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

58th Western Fish Disease Workshop
June 20-22, 2017
Call for Papers, registration, more information

Fourth Annual Animal Welfare Short Course
June 7-9, 2017
More info

23rd Annual U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Aquatic Drug Approval Coordination Workshop
July 31-August 4
Bozeman, MT
More information: contact AADAP staff

18th International Conference on
Diseases of Fish & Shellfish
September 4-8, 2017
Belfast, Northern Ireland
More Info

AAFV Joint Conference with AAZVA/RAV/AEMV
September 24 & 25, 2017
Dallas, TX

Conference schedule, registration and hotel information will be posted later