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We are regularily modifying our website to best serve you. Please note: previous documents of importance on our main page will be found on Continuing Education/Veterinary Resources page


 SEPTEMBER 2-6, 2018


Information on ISAAH can be found on the link under "UPCOMING EVENTS, WEBINARS & CONFERENCES" to the bottom left on this page. More information on the AAFV presentations will be posted under the
"2018 AAFV Conference" page


Portable Microscope offered by ioLight

 ioLight offers a portable microscope that provides a similar resolution to a lab microscope so you can diagnose fish to see if they are clear of parasites at the water's edge.

The ioLight microscope is used by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Bayer, The Royal Veterinary College and CEFAS.

Early Diagnosis:
You can help detect unhealthy fish fast and easy!

  • Sea Lice / Salmon Lice.
  • AGD (Amoebic Gill Disease).
  • Gyrodactylus.
  • Myxozoa.
  • Marine Algae. Harmful phytoplankton and zoo-plankton.
  • Ectoparasites in seabream and seabass.
  • Detect pathogen infection in the hetopancreas of shellfish.

You can read more about the portable microscope in aquaculture here The ioLight team are ready to assist

 AAFV 2018 Officers, 2017 Presidential Service Awards,
and 2017 Student Scholarship Awards
listed in JAVMA News
New AADAP Research Team Infographic Unveiled
The AADAP staff has embraced various methods to disseminate information to a broad target audience. Infographics have become more common because they are brief, focus on a handful of salient points, and tend to be visually appealing. Working with the USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation Communications Branch, we created and are proud to unveil our new AADAP Research Team Infographic.


AAFV Contributes to the New AVMA Policy on AMR Strategy and Stewardship

(January 2018 update by Janet Whaley)

The AAFV is a voting member on the AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials (CoA); Dr. Janet Whaley (primary) and Dr. Pat Gaunt (alternate) serve on the CoA since its inception in 2016.  This month, the AVMA House of Delegates approved the U.S. veterinary profession’s first ever definition of antimicrobial stewardship and core principle regarding antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The AVMA considers this an important first step in the association’s commitment to provide resources and tools for veterinarians that support conscientious decision-making in the use of antimicrobials. The AVMA encourages veterinarians to implement one or more of the following principles of antimicrobial stewardship:

  • A clearly stated commitment by veterinarians to stewardship;
  • Support for systems of care that include a multi-pronged approach to  preventing common diseases;
  • Judicious selection and use of antimicrobial drugs;
  • Ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of antimicrobial drug-use practices; and
  • A commitment to professional education research that expands the profession’s knowledge base and supports good decision-making.

Useful Weblinks:


Auburn developing vaccine that could be
huge catch for catfish industry

AAFV Scholarship Recipients Reports Now Online
Reports from Erika Brigante, Sierra Imanse, Ashley Kirby, Emily Munday and Nicole Nietisbach can be found under the "Student Resources - Student Reports" tab.  Check out what they did and how they expanded their knowledge and experience through your generosity in supporting our AAFV Student Scholarship Program.
Public Comments requested

Approval of Laboratories for Conducting Aquatic Animal Tests for Export Health Certificates

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comments on the paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with its program under which "... State, university, and private laboratories can voluntarily seek APHIS approval of individual diagnostic methods. Though APHIS does not have regulations for the approval or certification of laboratories that conduct tests for the export of aquaculture animals, APHIS provides this approval as a service to U.S. exporters who export aquaculture animals to countries that require this certification.

The title of the December 4, 2017 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is "Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Approval of Laboratories for Conducting Aquatic Animal Tests for Export Health Certificates"

Source: December 4, 2017 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice

Comments Due By: February 2, 2018

The December 4, 2017 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is posted at

Questions may be directed to Dr. Katharine Starzel who is the USDA Aquaculture Liaison Coordinator at the University of Florida UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida at 813 671 5230; e-mail:

Missed The 2017 AAFV Conference?
Register for the webcast!
And Remember - the 2017 AAFV Webcast is RACE Approved!

See our Continuing Education page for more information




Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium





Loan, Grant, Training and Research Programs

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


Veterinary Fellowships (8)  - two year training program
Location: University of Florida/IFAS in cooperation with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
Deadline: June 1, 2018
More information


Aquatic Animal Health Fellowship
Location: University of California-Davis
Deadline: April 1, 2018
More information



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: March 16,2018, unless not filled

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

Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professor, Seafood Quality and Safety
Location: Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Job  Description

Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science, SIU Carbondale
Job Description
Deadline: Nov 30, 2017 or until filled

UAPB Aquaculture /Fisheries Center
Research Assoc - Fish Pathology
Job Description - email Dr. Ramena
Deadline: Nov 16 or until filled

UAPB Aquaculture /Fisheries Center
Research Associate (Temporary) – Aquaculture/Seafood Economics and Marketing
Job Description
Deadline: Dec7 or until a suitable applicant is found



2018 Wildlife Exotic Animals Symposium (WEAS)
Hosted by Avian Exotics Medicine Club/UC Davis SVM
Feb 24-25, 2018
UC Davis
Davis, CA
More info

Hosted by Shark Reef Aquarium
March 2-4, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
More info

Sixth Florida Marine Mammal Health Conference
March 28-30
Orlando, FL
More info

43rd Eastern Fish Health Workshop
April 9-13
Chattanooga, TN
More info

2018 International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine
(IAAAM) Meeting and Conference
May 19-23
Long Beach, CA
More info

59th Western Fish Disease Works
June 18-22, 2018
Bozeman, MT

More info

24th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop
June 18-22, 2018
Bozeman, MT
More info

67th Wildlife Diseases Association (WDA) Annual International Conference
Aug 5-10
St. Augustine, FL
More info

2018 ISAAH

September 2-6, 2018
Charolettetown, PEI, Canada



ExoticsCon 2018
Sept 22-27
Atlanta, GA
More info

50th Annual AAZV with EAZWV/IZW
Oct 6-12
Prague, Czech Republic
More info


April 28 - May 2
London, England

ExoticsCon AAZV
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

More info