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2017 AAFV 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

AAFV Student members:  We have great news!  The AAFV has received donations from the FishVet Group, Inc as well as the University of Florida, Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory  which will fund two student scholarships, ie. The AAFV Student Scholarship - FishVet Group Scholar and the AAFV Student Scholarship - UF Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory Scholar.  We want to thank both these groups for their generous donations.  With these donations, it is anticipated that the AAFV will be able to award 3 scholarships for this upcoming year.  More details are on our "Student Resources" page.
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
The term "fish tale" often refers ro an improbable story or a great big lie.  But this is the true story of how a school without a formal fish health program has spawned many careers in the field while helping to safeguard the aquaculture idustry in Wiscosin and beyond.

From AADAP Jan 2917 newsletter
Need Halamid Aqua or 35% Perox Aid?  Help is here or on the way.

AADAP staff has worked nearly 30 years towards FDA approval of Halamid Aqua (100% chloramine-T), it was disheartening to hear the manufacturer had decided not to proceed with manufacturing the approved product. Their decision resulted in an immediate product shortage that was only relieved by sponsor requests for Emergency Release of chloramine-T. There have been two 3,000 kg releases and now Western Chemical has plenty of chloramine-T to fill all orders. A request for an additional 6,000 kg of chloramine-T has been made and, if granted, should further prevent a shortage and the ensuing scramble to get product to a hatchery.

Perox Aid 35%, the only hydrogen peroxide product approved for use in aquaculture, is a slightly different story. Turns out that there is plenty of product available but it can only be purchased in 55 gal drums. The sponsor is working through the system to get product moved from 55 gal drums into 5 gal carboys which should be available by summertime.

If you have questions about availability of Halamid Aqua or 35% Perox Aid, call Jason, Landon, or Eric at Western Chemical, Inc. (360-384-5898).
From AADAP Jan 2917 newsletter
FDA grants greater flexibility in using VFD drugs!

The FDA recently sent out a letter that should please most folks involved in aquaculture—veterinarians will now have more flexibility in directing treatment of fish.  The staff here at AADAP have condensed and translated some of the more technical jargon in this letter into layman’s terms for ease of understanding.

Although originally prohibited, FDA is now making exceptions for the extralabel use of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs in fish and other minor species under certain conditions. This means that a veterinarian will be able to write a prescription for use of a VFD drug for the following:
1.  Use in species not listed in the labeling, 
2.  Use for indications (disease or other conditions) not listed in the labeling,
3.  Use at frequencies or routes of administration other than those stated in the labeling, and
4.  Deviation from the labeled withdrawal time based on these different uses.

The letter doesn’t state that it is legal to prescribe extralabel use of VFD drugs. Rather, the letter is intended to provide information to FDA field inspectors to let them know that their agency will no longer take enforcement action against the parties involved in extralabel use (aka, enforcement discretion for a veterinarian writing a prescription for extralabel use of a VFD drug).

This is especially timely good news, since all in-feed antibiotics became VFD drugs as of January 1, 2017. For aquaculture, this means products such as Terramycin 200 for Fish (active ingredient, oxytetracycline dihydrate; VFD drug no longer available over-the-counter) and Aquaflor (active ingredient, florfenicol; always a VFD drug). By granting greater flexibility to veterinarians, FDA is helping to make safe and effective treatments more accessible to fish and fish culturists in need.  For More Information

2016 Aquaculture Webinar Series Available

The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS), North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) and National Aquaculture Association (NAA) produced an aquaculture webinar series during 2016 that featured 14 current and timely aquaculture topics presented by knowledgeable speakers. The webinars were: 

  • Aquaponics – How to Do It Yourself!
  • Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes
  • Labeling Requirements for Siluriformes Fish and Fish Products
  • What You Need to Know About Biosecurity
  • How to Design Your Biosecurity Plan
  • Recreational Fish Pond Management
  • The HACCP Approach to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species by Aquaculture and Baitfish Operations
  • U.S. Farm-Raised Finfish and Shellfish 101
  • Regulatory Costs of U.S. Aquaculture Businesses
  • Branding Opportunities for Oyster Farmers
  • Seafood in the Diet: Benefits and Risks – Farm-Raised and Wild
  • Use of Veterinary Feed Directive Drugs in Aquaculture
  • Social Media: An Introduction for Successful Use
  • Fish Health: What You Need to Know as an Aquaculture Producer
To access these webinars, visit via your desktop computer or mobile device and select "Webinars" from the menu.
The NAA website is packed with information.  Please explore NAA’s webpages to find downloadable publications, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Kids Corner, recipes, video interviews describing aquaculture sustainability and the value and benefits of seafood to human health, and a wealth of additional information. If there is a topic that is missing, please contact the NAA office at 850-216-2400 or


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



Midwest Veterinary Conference
Feb 23-26, 2017,
Columbus Ohio,
More info

AFS-FHS & GLFC-FHC Joint Meeting
April 2-3, 2017
Schedule, Abstract and Registration
Poster Guidelines

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

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

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