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Fin-tastic Turnout

 Published: December 21st, 2018

UF Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory (WAVDL) out in force at the International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health.

Ten members of the Wildlife and Aquatic Veterinary Disease Laboratory (WAVDL) recently made a splash at the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health (ISAAH) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

With over 500 participants, the meeting hosted researchers from all over the world. Members of the WAVDL presented individual research projects in the form of 15 talks and 3 posters, covering emerging infectious diseases in ornamental and food fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals.  … Dr. Thomas Waltzek, principal investigator of the WAVDL, gave talks on the host range of mimiviruses, another on a lake sturgeon herpesvirus, and one on the first fish bunyaviruses.

Waltzek is the president of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) and served as the moderator and lead organizer of the AAFV’s full day Annual Symposium held concurrently with ISAAH. The AAFV symposium was standing room only and featured 14 preeminent veterinary speakers discussing the history and role of veterinarians in aquaculture in North America.

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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.



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.

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.

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

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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



Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Prof. of Marine Aquaculture Science
Location: UC-Davis, Bodega Bay, CA
Job Description
Deadline:Feb 15, 2019

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




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

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

UC Davis Wildlife /Exotic Animal Symposium
Mar 9-10, 2019
UC Davis
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 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