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Submission Deadline Has Been Extended to
March 17, 2019

We are soliciting presentations for Monday session in 4 FOCUS AREAS we believe of major concern to all fish veterinarians.  More information on these areas are found in our Solicitation Letter (see link below).

Current Practices in Fish Medicine: Novel Diagnostics, Therapeutics,
Pharmacology & Surgical Techniques

Business Models & Economics of Fish Veterinary Practice

Fish Welfare: Current Topics and Applications to Veterinary Practice

Fish Stress Management, Mitigation & Monitoring

For more information on submissions, please follow these links:
Please note that our labs are filled

AAFV Conference Presentation Solicitation Letter
AAFV Presentation Agreement


2019 AAFV Conference Announcement

September 29 & 30, 2019

Join us for the 2019 AAZV Annual Conference Concurrent with ExoticsCon (the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians,
 and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians),
NAG and AAFV on Sept 27 – October 5, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

We are excited to be a part of this joint conference and hope you will be as well. This event will bring together the best exotic pet, zoo and wildlife veterinarians to contribute to the scientific, continuing education, networking and hands-on learning that make our careers enriching and fulfilling.

Additional Conference Information will be posted under the 2019 Conference tab as details are confirmed.






For more information, eligibility requirements
and application click here

 Our goal this year is 5 scholarships
Read our letter to see how you can help us reach this goal

2019 AAFV Student Scholarship Program Donation Solicitation Letter


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

 Information about the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) is available at

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:



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. 


 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:

"Fisheries of the United States, 2017" is posted at

A Fact Sheet is posted at


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:

The November 2018 USDA APHIS Strategic Plan FY 2019-2023 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.



Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium





Loan, Grant, Training and Research Programs

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission: Request Regional Oyster Aquaculture Research Consortia
More information
Deadline:March 15,, 2019

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission: Request Regional Oyster Aquaculture Research Consortia
More information
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: Request Regional Oyster Aquaculture Research Consortia

More information
Deadline: March 15, 2019

 NIFA Grant Funding Opp.
Annc. - Comp. Genomics Rsh. Prog. Understanding Biol. Processes Related toHealth & Disease of Agriculturally Important Animals
More information
Deadlines: June 5, 2019

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



Veterinarian-Exotic Animals
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Job Description
Deadline: Not listed

Research Aquaculturist/Part time - Joint Aquaculture Research Lab (JARLab), Mystic Aquarium and Magnet High School
Location: Marine Science Magnet High School, Groton, CT
Job Description
Deadline:Not listed

Live Feeds Researcher - Copepod Production
Location: UFL-TAL, Ruskin, FL
Job Description
Deadline: Until filled

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Aquatic Epidemiologist/UMN
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Job Description
Deadline: Until position is filled

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Prof. of Marine Aquaculture Science
Location: UC-Davis, Bodega Bay, CA
Job Description
Deadline:Still open

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Marine Food Fish Aquaculture
Location:UFL Indian River Research and Education Center, FL
Job Description
Deadline: Until position is filled

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

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Dept of Forestry/Natural Resources, Perdue University
Aqua Marketing Ext Specialist
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Job Description
Deadline: Not given

Ocean Associates, Inc.
Molecular Geneticist
Location: LaJolla, CA
Job Description
Deadline: Non given

University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute
Research & Outreach Programs Coordinator
Location: Orono, ME
Job Description
Deadline: None given

MIchigan State University
SeaGrant Extension Educator, #535110
Location: Upper Pennisula
Job Description
More Info
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




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 Conference with  AAZV, ARAV, AEMV, AAV 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

More info

2019 AQUAVET® I & II & III
More info