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 is expected to consist of two courses, AQUAVET® I - An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine (4-week course) and AQUAVET II - Comparative Pathology of Aquatic Animals (2-week course). The program is presented on the campus of Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. Applications are due in mid-Januaryeach 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 (2011 Program)
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19, 2011

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 during the period of 15 - 19 August 2011. 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, please see the Mt. Desert Island Biological laboratory web site at:

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

For information contact:
Michael McKernan
Director of Education
MDI Biological Laboratory
PO Box 35 / Old Bar Harbor Road
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672
207-288-9880 x 102 (p)
207-288-2130 (f)

Field Wildlife Forensics (2011 Program)
Shoals Marine Laboratory, Isle of Shoals, NH
20 June - 27 June 2011
The 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.

AQUAMED - An Aquatic Animal Pathobiology Course (offered in even numbered years; 2010 info is posted below)
Presented by the Gulf States Consortium for Aquatic Animal Pathobiology
This is a 4-week aquatic animal pathobiology course presented from 7 June - 2 July 2010. The objective of AQUAMED is to impart an understanding of health management techniques and pathological processes relating to the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of important aquatic animal diseases. Weeks 1-3 are held at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, LA. Week 4 is presented at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) facility in Concordrie, LA. For more information, contact:
Dr. Ronald Thune, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
or see the AQUAMED Web Site

Envirovet - An Intensive Shortcourse 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 relted 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 Warmwater Fish provides instruction in the methodology of diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional and environmental diseases of warmwater fish and aquarium species. It is a two-week course offered during the summer of even years (2012, 2014…).

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.

In 2010, AME added online courses: Introduction to Marine Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues.

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:

Annual Aquaculture Water Reuse Systems Short Course (2012 Program)
July 16 - 19, 2012, Ithaca, New York
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. 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 Water Reuse Systems Short Course Web Site.

Shrimp Pathology Short Course: Disease Diagnosis and Control in Marine Shrimp Culture (2012 Program)
University of Arizona
18 - 29 June 2012

A short course on the diagnostic techniques currently available for shrimp diseases is presented by the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology of the University of Arizona. This course is open to anyone in the aquaculture or mariculture field, although preference will be given to those who work with shrimp. The course is an intensive two week study which combines lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions to educate the students in the methods used for the detection and diagnosis of the diseases present in cultured penaeid shrimp. The course can be taken for University credit, either through transfer or directly (if the student is a currently enrolled at the University of Arizona). Note: Students wishing to enroll in the Shrimp Pathology Short Course should already hold a Bachelors degree in Fisheries Biology, Aquaculture, Microbiology, or a related field, and speak the English language proficiently. For more information regarding the Short Coures, click on the course Home Page:

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 cernter 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:

Fish Health Management (2010 Course – most current info available)
North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
7 - 9 October 2010

The purpose of the course is to familiarize the participant with the fundamental principles of ornamental fish management and medicine. This course is open to veterinarians and non-veterinarians alike. The goals of this course are to teach the principles and provide details on the following topicswater quality, recirculating aquatic systems, diagnostic techniques, environmental diseases, infectious diseases, neoplasia, therapeutics, anesthesia, and analgesia.

Further information may be found via the NCState College of Veterinary Medicine continuing education web page.

Salmon Disease Workshop (2011 Course – most current info available)
July 11 - 22, 2011
Corvallis, OR
The 2011 Workshop is designed for professionals in the fish health field and will emphasize recent advances in our understanding of salmonid diseases. If you are interested in attending, please email Jerri Bartholomew
for the registration form.

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: