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2018 ISAAH
The theme of ISAAH 2018 is “Integrating Biotechnology in the Advancement of Aquatic Animal Health”.
AAFV is proud to be a part of the 2018 ISAAH.  We had a tremendous attendance for our Monday sessions - standing room only!

For those who are unable to attend in person, AAFV will be offering the AAFV presentations from Mitchell, Hickey, Wyatt, Kebus, Gaunt, Whaley, Shelley and Sanders via On Demand post conference.  We are applying for RACE approval for our On Demand recordings and will announce when it is approved.



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,  Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission 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 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

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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




North Carolina State University
Assistant Professor of Shellfish Pathology
Location: Raleigh, NC
Job Description 

Proposed HIre Date: 1/1/19

US FIsh and Wildlife Service
Veterinary Medical Officer
Location:Lacey, WA
Job Description

US FIsh and Wildlife Service
Veterinary Medical Officer
Location:Willard, WA
Job Description

Project Leader, Aquaculture Vaccines
Location: Elkhorn, NE
Job Description

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

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, College of Veterinary Medicine
Assistant or Associate Professor, Aquatic Animal Heath
Location: Michigan State University
Job Description
Deadline: Until position is filled

6/11 Update - postion still open



ExoticsCon 2018

Sept 22-27
Atlanta, GA
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50th Annual AAZV with EAZWV/IZW
Oct 6-12
Prague, Czech Republic
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2018 Humane Endings Symposium
Nov 2-4, 2018
Rosemont, IL
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46th Scientific Symposium of the United States-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UJNR)
Nov 14-15
Mystic, CT
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Gill Health Symposium for Marine Fish
Nov 21-23
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April 28 - May 2
London, England

AVMA Convention
Aug 2-6, 2019
Washington DC
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AAFV Joint Conferenc with  AAZV, ARAV, AEMV and AAFV
Sept 27-Oct 5
St Louis, MO

23rd Biennial Society of Marine Mammalogy Conference/2nd World Marine Mammal Science Conference
Dec 9-12
Barcelona, Spain

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2019 AQUAVET® I & II & III
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