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"This program 1183-34846 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.00 CE Credits (4.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 4.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (4.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of:
Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program."

For those who are unable to attend in person, AAFV is offering the AAFV presentations from Mitchell, Hickey, Wyatt, Kebus, Gaunt, Whaley, Shelley and Sanders
via On Demand post conference.


When you have completed your On Demand viewing, please contact  Cindy at for your post course test to receive your CE certificate of attendance.



Notice from National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Solicitation of Veterinary Shortage Situation Nominations for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)

A Federal Register Notice entitled "Solicitation of Veterinary Shortage Situation Nominations for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)" was published in the Federal Register on October 22, 2018

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is soliciting nominations of veterinary service shortage situations for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2019, as authorized under the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA). This notice initiates the nomination period and prescribes the procedures and criteria to be used by eligible nominating officials (State, Insular Area, DC and Federal Lands) to nominate veterinary shortage situations. Each year all eligible nominating officials may submit nominations, up to the maximum indicated for each entity in this notice. NIFA is conducting this solicitation of veterinary shortage situation nominations under an approved information collection (OMB Control Number 0524-0050).

Shortage situation nominations must be submitted not later than 30 days after the publication of the notice referenced above (November 21, 2018).


Federal Register Notice - Request for Comments
Veterinary Drugs used in Food-Producing Animals
Food and Drug Administration

 The FDA is seeking public comments on the paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with the "... reporting and recordkeeping requirements for antimicrobial animal drug sales and distribution ... Sponsors of approved or conditionally approved applications for new animal drugs containing an antimicrobial active ingredient are required ... to submit to FDA an annual report on the amount of each such ingredient in the drug that is sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals ... These provisions were enacted to assist FDA in [its] continuing analysis of the interactions (including drug resistance), efficacy, and safety of antimicrobials approved for use in both humans and food-producing animals for the purpose of mitigating the public health risk associated with antimicrobial resistance ..."

Document Title: The title of the October 1, 2018 FDA Federal Register Notice is "Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Antimicrobial Animal Drug Distribution Reports and Recordkeeping"

Organization: The October 1, 2018 Federal Register Notice was signed on September 25, 2018 by Leslie Kux who is the Associate FDA Commissioner for Policy

Source: October 1, 2018 FDA Federal Register Notice

Comments Due By: November 30, 2018

The October 1, 2018 FDA Federal Register Notice is posted at


The American Association of Fish Veterinarians 2018 Scholarship Recipients Reports

As our four scholarship recipients finish up their programs they will turn in their reports on how the scholarships helped them with their training this year.
These reports can be found under our "Student Resource" tab.

 Courtney Wright
Courtney is using 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. 

 Sarah Wright
Sarah used the scholarship for attending: IAAAM conference in Long Beach, CA,

 Josh Zlotnick
Josh used the scholarship to attend AQUAVET ® I.

Katherine Weber
Katherine used the scholarship to attend AQUAVET® I.

Deadline is now October 31, 2018
AADAP Update
Terramycin Drug Update
CVM approved the supplemental new animal drug application (NADA) for Terramycin® 200 for Fish. The supplemental approval of Terramycin® 200 for Fish (oxytetracycline) Type A medicated article provides for a change in the bacterial species of Aeromonas liquefaciens to Aeromonas hydrophila in the approved indications for salmonids and catfish. 
INAD Program Accomplishments
AADAP’s INAD Program has reviewed the 2017 INAD studies and compiled information to share. The 2017 INAD Program had 232 investigators enrolled who participated in 16 INADS held by the USFWS in 2017. A breakdown of the type of facilities that conducted these studies includes 121 state facilities, 48 private facilities, 45 federal facilities, 9 tribal facilities, and 9 universities. A total of 731 INAD studies were completed and involved approximately 31.3 million fish. Over 73 different species, including marine species, game fish, minnows, and threatened and endangered species, were treated under USFWS INADS in 2017. These studies show that the INADs are safe, effective, and ultimately result in more fish stocked for fishing, restoration, or commercial harvest
DRIBS Update
Interested in what our Research Program has been up to? Check out the AADAP website to see the newest Drug Research Information Bulletins (DRIBS), which briefly summarize (1-2 pages) studies that the AADAP Research Program has recently conducted.
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

More information



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 February 5, 2019, & June 5, 2019

University of New England
Master’s degree program in OCEAN FOOD SYSTEMS
More info



Virginia Seafood
Agri Rsch and Ext
Center, Applied Agri Economics Program
Laboratory &
Research Specialist
Location: Hampton, VA
Job Description
Deadline: Not Listed

Illinois-Indiana Sea
Grant, Dept of
Resources, Purdue
Aqua Marketing
Ext Specialist
Lafayette, IN
Job Description
Deadline: Not Listed

Ocean Associates, Inc.
Moleular Geneticist
Location: LaJolla, CA
Job Description
Deadline: None given

Mystic Aquarium
Spring 2019 Joint Aquaculture Research Internship

Location: Mystic Aquarium and Marine Science Magnet High School of SE Conn.
Job Description
Deadline: Rolling

Texas A&M University - Dept of Life Sciences
Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Mariculture
Location: Corpus Christi
Job Description
Deadline: March 31, 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
Deadline: 10/22/18 Update - still open

US FIsh and Wildlife Service
Veterinary Medical Officer
Location:Willard, WA
Job Description
Deadline: 10/22/18 Update - still open

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

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

10/22/18 Update - postion still open



46th Scientific Symposium of the United States-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture (UJNR)
Nov 13-16
Mystic, CT
More info

Gill Health Symposium for Marine Fish
Nov 21-23
More info


Jan 19-23, 2019
Orlando, FL
More info

MIdwest Veterinary Confernce
Feb 21-24. 2019
Columbus, OH
More info

Aquaculture America
Mar 7-11, 2019
New Orleans, LA
More Info

April 28 - May 2
London, England
More info

25th Annual U.S. FWS, Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop
July 30 - Aug 1
Bozeman, MT

AVMA Convention
Aug 2-6, 2019
Washington DC
More info

AAFV Joint Conferenc with  AAZV, ARAV, AEMV and AAFV
Sept 27-Oct 5
St Louis, MO
More info

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

More info

2019 AQUAVET® I & II & III
More info