AQUATIC MEDICAL EDUCATION
Education was developed by the University of Florida (UF) to provide
veterinary students and professionals with specialized training in health
care, management and husbandry of aquatic species ranging from invertebrates
to marine mammals.
It consists of two specialized courses, Diseases of Warmwater
Fish and SeaVet Clinical Training. In 2010, AME added online courses:
Introduction to Marine Wildlife and
Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues.
These courses are offered through UF’s Aquatic Animal Health (AAH) Program,
which is a multidisciplinary specialty incorporating aspects of medical,
biological, and environmental sciences. The AAH Program is part of the
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences within the College 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 offered during even years (2014, 2016…).
In 2014, the course is being updated: didactic lectures will be online and
hands-on laboratory work.
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.
Introduction to Marine Wildlife is designed to introduce students at the
graduate level to the natural history, anatomy, physiology and behavior of
aquatic megavertebrates: whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, manatees,
sea turtles and crocodilians. The first offering was held during Summer C
session (May 10-Aug. 6, 2010).
Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues
students (upper level undergraduate and
graduate) and professionals with a Masters or higher degree to the
controversial issues surrounding aquatic animal species ranging from
invertebrates to marine mammals, with some emphasis on marine mammals, but
also including sea turtles, fisheries, and marine ecosystems. The first
held during Fall semester (Aug. 23-Dec. 8, 2010)
For More Information:
Dr. Iske Larkin
Aquatic Animal Health Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Florida
PO Box 100136
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32610-0136