Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Continuing Education Opportunities

AQUAVET® - A Program in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Presented Jointly by the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

The AQUAVET® program currently consists of three courses, AQUAVET® I - An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine (4-week course) and AQUAVET II - Comparative Pathology of Aquatic Animals (2-week course) and AQUAVET® III -  Clinical Aspect of Captive Aquatic Animal Medicine (5-week course).  AQUAVET® I and II are presented on the campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.  AQUAVET® III  is presented at the Georgia Aquarium, the University of Georgia, and Dolphinaris in Cancun, Mexico.  Applications are due in mid-January each year. For more information see the AQUAVET® Web Site:


Information may also be obtained from:

Donald W. Stremme, V.M.D.
AQUAVET® Interim Director
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
110 Rosenthal Building
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone 609-350-3044
email: AQUAVET
Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D.
Associate Director of AQUAVET®
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853
Telephone 607-253-3393
Laurie J. Landeau, V.M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Director of AQUAVET®
Marinetics, Inc.
6275 Castle Haven Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
Telephone 410-228-5356


Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine

Paul Bowser, PhD
Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Mike Kent, PhD
Director, Center for Fish Disease Research
Professor, Dept. of Microbiology
Oregon State University

Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, PhD
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Center for Fish Disease Research and
Oregon State University

Christian Lawrence
Aquatic Resources Program
Children’s Hospital Boston

This course is a 1-week educational opportunity for individuals with maintenance, management or research responsibilities in which fish are used as laboratory animals. The course is offered at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine, typically during the third week of August. Topics to be discussed will include general system design and water quality management, anatomy and histology of fish, general fish diseases and disease management strategies. Infectious and non-infectious diseases common to all fish as well as specific diseases of importance to laboratory-maintained zebrafish will be discussed. The course will consist of lecture, laboratory exercises and discussions. During the course there will be an opportunity for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises. The course should be particularly valuable to technical staff, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty and investigators needing skills to monitor the health of a colony of aquatic organisms. For more information on the course, including dates and tuition, please see the Mt. Desert Island Biological laboratory web site at:

Tuition (includes on-campus room and board at MDIBL) for the 2011 course was $2200.

For information contact:
Dr. Chuck Fidler
Director of Education
MDI Biological Laboratory
PO Box 35 / Old Bar Harbor Road
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672 USA

Phone: 207-288-9880 Ext. 125

Field Wildlife Forensics
Shoals Marine Laboratory, Isle of Shoals, NH

The 1-week summer course is held at the Shoals Marine Laboratory, located on the Isle of Shoals near Portsmouth, NH. The Shoals Marine Laboratory is jointly operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. Application is made through the Shoals Marine Laboratory (
Forensic science represents the unique merging of scientific insight and the law. Forensic Science for Marine Biologists provides a field-oriented introduction to the forensic science domain and the utilization of marine biology within the justice system. Students receive comprehensive instruction concerning the recognition, documentation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence. Additionally, students develop practical incident response, scene management, and forensic teamwork skills.  See the Summer Courses Web Page on the Shoals marine Laboratory Web Site for specific information on dates and tuition:

Envirovet - An Intensive Short course in Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecosystems Health
Envirovet Summer Institute will provide a comprehensive classroom/field educational experience on terrestrial and aquatic wildlife and ecosystem health to veterinarians, veterinary students and wildlife biologists.
The first session will provide an intensive, in-depth lecture, laboratory and field experiences related to understanding wildlife health in the context of overall terrestrial ecosystem health. This part of the course will take place at White Oak Conservation Center near Jacksonville, Florida; St. Catherine's Island, Midway, Georgia; and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The second session will provide an intensive, in-depth lecture, laboratory and field experiences related to aquatic animal and aquatic ecosystem health. Special emphasis will be placed on the area of ecotoxicology. This session will take place in various locations in the Republic of South Africa and Swaziland. Specific details on the program presented each summer may be found by following the web link provided below.

For further information and application materials, please write:
Dr. Val R. Beasley, Director
Envirovet Program in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2001 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61802
The Envirovet Web Site is located at:

Aquatic Medical Education Program
The Aquatic Animal Health Program at the University of Florida presents four short courses that focus on various aspects of aquatic animal health. The courses consist of:
Diseases of Warm water Fish provides instruction in the methodology of diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional and environmental diseases of warm water fish and aquarium species. It is a two-week course offered during the summer of even years.

SeaVet Clinical Training is an intensive one-week course designed to teach veterinary medical students and veterinarians through didactic lecture, case-based problem-solving and practical experience, including an educational and interactive swim session with dolphins. This course integrates SeaVet I and SeaVet II classes that were held from 2004-2008. SeaVet Clinical Training has been offered every summer since 2009.

Specific information on these courses may be found on the Aquatic Medical Education Program web site:
For further information contact:
Dr. Ruth Francis Floyd - email:

Engineering Design of Recirculating Aquaculture, Hydroponic, and Aquaponic Systems

This course is sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University. This four-day course is intended to give a thorough coverage of the design, operation and management of water reuse systems for finfish with a focus on hydroponics. A combination of "hands on" laboratories and classroom presentations will be offered. At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals should be able to design their own water reuse systems and have a fundamental knowledge of the principles influencing design decisions.
For more information, refer to the Aquaculture Short Course Web Sit:

Shrimp Pathology Short Course: Disease Diagnosis and Control in Marine Shrimp Culture (2012 Program)
University of Arizona

The Shrimp Pathology Short Course will not be offered in 2014.  There are plans to offer the course again in 2015.  Please check the Web Site:

The National Conservation Training Center, Sheperdstown, WV
This is a training center operated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a primary training center for personnel of that Federal Agency. However, non-federal individuals may be admitted to courses on a space available basis. A variety of fish health courses are available. For more information on specific course topics, schedules and costs, please check the National Conservation Training Center web site at:

Salmon Disease Workshop (2011 Course – most current info available)
Not offered in 2014

Marvet is intended as a broad, conceptual course that acquaints the student with a range of directions a veterinarian can take within the marine mammal field, by putting students in contact with several marine mammal veterinarians and researchers. It tries to highlight marine mammal medicine both in the context of animals under human care (e.g., in oceanaria) and in free-ranging populations (i.e., habitat issues). MARVET has no university ties, although it does work with veterinary schools to assign academic credit, where desired. The only requirement for participation in the course has been completion of at least two years of the professional veterinary curriculum. Students interested in this program should view the information on the Marvet Web Site.
Information on the Marvet Program can be found on the Marvet Web Site:
For additional information contact:
P.O. Box 882
College Station, TX 77841
979-764-9193 tel
e-mail address: