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2019 AAFV Conference

September 29 & 30, 2019

For On Demand registration, agenda, and proceedings
Go to our 2019 AAFV Conference subpage

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The American Association of Fish Veterinarians Announces
Five Scholarship Recipients

The American Association of Fish Veterinarians is pleased to announce 5 recipients of their scholarship.  All of the applicants were well qualified which made the committee’s task of narrowing the list down to five difficult.   AAFV is appreciative of the scholarship money they received from Dr. Hugh Mitchell, Dr. Stephen Reichley, Dr. Stacey Pulver, Dr. Thomas Waltzek, Dr. Janet Whaley, Dr. Johnny Shelley, Dr. Lester Khoo, Dr. Timothy Kniffen, and Merck. 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:

Ms. Michelle Barnett
North Carolina State University, Class of 2021
Michelle will be using her award to defray the cost of attending in AQUAVET® I

Dr. Jacqueline Elliott
Louisiana State University, Anatomic Pathology Resident
Dr. Elliott will be using her award to defray the cost for attending the 44th Annual Eastern Fish Health Workshop and also participating in AQUAVET® II

Ms. Chelsea Hester
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2020
Chelsea will be using her award to defray cost for attending AQUAVET® II

Ms. Elizabeth St. Germaine
Western University of Health Sciences, Class of 2021
Elizabeth will be using her award to defray the cost of attending AQUAVET® III

Ms. Jaclyn Wilson
Western University of Health Sciences, Class of 2021
Jaclyn will be using her award to defray cost for attending AQUAVET® II

The AAFV Scholarship is open to any student or recent veterinary school graduate who is a member of AAFV (Please see the website for more detailed information on eligibility).  If you are interested in applying for next year’s scholarship, please visit https://www.fishvets.org/.

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 NOAA Aquaculture Science and Research Programs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries
Peer Review of the Aquaculture Science
Regional Fisheries Science Centers
NOS' National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has released the results of the "... first-ever formal peer review of the aquaculture science conducted at six Regional Fisheries Science Centers (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and U.S. Caribbean, Southwest, Alaska and Pacific Islands) and NOS' National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science ... The resulting report highlighted the high quality of research conducted by agency experts for many years, along with gaps and challenges facing the increasingly important aquaculture program ... The [review] panel's recommendations addressed current research gaps, and included comments on future gaps in growth areas like seaweed and macroalgae ..."

Source: March 1, 2019 NOAA News Release, titled "NOAA's Aquaculture Science Impresses Panel with Quality, Results", posted at 
http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/noaas-aquaculture-science-impresses-panel-quality-results

The "Review of NOAA's Aquaculture Science Program" report is posted at 
http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/review-noaas-aquaculture-science-program


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Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

The AVMA's definitions of antimicrobial uses for prevention,
control, and treatment of disease

Recent state and federal legislative actions and current recommendations from the World Health Organization seem to suggest that, when it comes to antimicrobial stewardship, use of antimicrobials for prevention, control, or treatment of disease can be ranked in order of appropriateness, which in turn has led, in some instances, to attempts to limit or specifically oppose the routine use of medically important antimicrobials for prevention of disease. In contrast, the AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials believes that attempts to evaluate the degree of antimicrobial stewardship on the basis of therapeutic intent are misguided and that use of antimicrobials for prevention, control, or treatment of disease may comply with the principles of antimicrobial stewardship. It is important that veterinarians and animal caretakers are clear about the reason they may be administering antimicrobials to animals in their care. Concise definitions of prevention, control, and treatment of individuals and populations are necessary to avoid confusion and to help veterinarians clearly communicate their intentions when prescribing or recommending antimicrobial use.

Full text

 
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Training Video

Marine Biotoxin Management

Office of Food Safety
Division of Seafood Safety
FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Marine Biotoxin Management” is the title of a training video developed by FDA to "... provide a better understanding of specific biotoxin concepts in the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP), as described in the NSSP Guide for the Control of Molluscan Shellfish: 2017 Revision. The video, comprised of three learning modules, is a tool to help the seafood industry and state and federal agencies understand biotoxin sources and geographic distributions, develop or improve marine biotoxin management and control plans, and determine the appropriate laboratory methods for specific applications ..."

 "Marine Biotoxin Management Training Video", posted at 
http://app.info.fda.gov/e/es?s=2027422842&e=186936&elqTrackId=78D8A052C380BCBFF284D754BEBE9730&elq=9727b39f18bb4d2db98d116ee2707c7b&elqaid=6833&elqat=1

 Information about the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) is available at 
http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/federalstatefoodprograms/ucm2006754.htm

Questions may be directed to the Office of Food Safety Division of Seafood Safety of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Maryland at 240 402 2300; e-mail: SeafoodHACCP@FDA.gov

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From AADAP

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine recently approved the supplemental new animal drug application (NADA) for Terramycin ®200 for Fish. This supplemental approval provides for the addition of an indication for marking the skeletal tissue of freshwater-reared salmonids weighing up to 55 grams. Label details: treatment dose of 3.75 g OTC per 100 lbs fish/day for 10 days; immediate release is permitted following last day of medicated feed; will need a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) to order the medicated feed; and no extra label use allowed. The INAD will remain open for any non-label uses. If you would like to see the label expanded for your species or fish size,  contact AADAP. We can work with the drug sponsor and FDA to see what would need to be done. 

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 Fisheries of the U.S.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its annual report which found that "... fishing and seafood consumption in the United States increased in 2017, with landings and value of U.S. fisheries continuing a strong, positive trend. Across the nation, American fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2017, while the U.S. imported 5.9 billion pounds of seafood, up 1.6 percent ... In addition, the report notes that the average American ate 16.0 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2017, up a significant 1.1 pounds from the year before ... The U.S. aquaculture industry produced $1.5 billion in 2016 — the most recent year aquaculture data is available — an increase from 1.4 billion in 2015. Thus, aquaculture represented approximately 21 percent of the value of the nation’s total seafood production in 2016. The top value domestic farmed marine species were oysters, clams, and salmon ... Shrimp, salmon, and tuna continue to top the list of imports for 2017, with a total value of all seafood imports of $21.5 billion (up 10.4 percent) ..." - NOAA also released the "... 11th Fisheries Economics of the United States report which provides the most up-to-date economic statistics on commercial and recreational fisheries as well as seafood-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation ..."

Annual report posted at:
http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/american-seafood-industry-steadily-increases-its-footprint

"Fisheries of the United States, 2017" is posted at 
http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/fisheries-united-states-2017-report

A Fact Sheet is posted at 
http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/fisheries-united-states-2017-fact-sheet

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New Strategic Plan Released by the USDA
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

A new Strategic Plan has been released by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Plan includes "... tangible and specific goals that will guide APHIS through 2023.The Agency's three strategic goals include: 1) Deliver efficient, effective, and responsive programs; 2) Safeguard American agriculture; and 3) Facilitate safe U.S. agricultural exports. These goals include 14 objectives and many proven tactics to achieve them ..."

The November 27, 2018 USDA APHIS Stakeholder Registry Bulletin, entitled: "APHIS Administrator Shares New Strategic Plan", is posted at:
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/21e6a38

The November 2018 USDA APHIS Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023 is posted at:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/about_aphis/downloads/aphis-strategic-plan.pdf

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Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium

 

 

 

 


CHECK FOR ADDITIONAL POSTINGS UNDER VETERINARY RESOURCES AND STUDENT RESOURCES

Loan, Grant, Training and Research Programs

Aquaculture Graduate Fellowship Opportunity
More info
Deadline: Jan 24, 2020

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


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Numerous Fisheries Related positions
Location: Florida Atlantic University

More info

Sea Grant RAS Specialist (Extension Agent)
Location:
Inst of Marine & Environ Tech-UMBC Columbus Ctr, Baltimore, MD

More info
Deadline: until filled

ARS Research Physiologist
Location:
Dept of Ag, Stoneville, MS

More info
Deadline: Nov 13, 2019

California Sea Grant Extension Specialist/ Research Scientist
Location: Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo

More info
Deadline: Jan 3, 2020

Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Specialist
Location:
Univ of Maine, Orono

More information
Deadline: Nov 15, 2019

Veterinarian
NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Ecoystems & Aqua Div
Location
: Milford Lab

Job Description
Deadline: 11/12/19


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UPCOMING EVENTS, WEBINARS & CONFERENCES

2019

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

2020

AAFV Joint Conference with AVMA
July 30 (AAFV) - Aug 4(AAFV & AVMA)
San Diego, CA