Diseases of Warmwater Fish
Aquatic Animal Health


    

July 30-August 10, 2012


Ruskin and St. Augustine, FL, USA

 


 

 

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Introduction

Diseases of Warmwater Fish is an intensive two-week class designed to provide instruction in the methodology of diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional, and environmental diseases of warmwater food fish and aquarium species.

This course is open to students, veterinarians, fisheries biologists, aquaculturists, and professional aquarists.

 

 

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Course Information

The text Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Ed Noga (Blackwell Publishing, Ames IA) is strongly recommended. An in-house library will be available. However, participants are encouraged to purchase the second edition and bring their copy.

The course will be held at two consecutive locations. The first week (July 30-August 3) will be at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory located in Ruskin, Florida (near Tampa). Following week (August 4-9) will be at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, located south of St. Augustine. The last day (August 10) will be held at SeaWorld Orlando.

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Course Faculty

Lara Croft
SeaWorld Orlando

Debbi Crain
Bass Pro Shops

Claire Erlacher-Reid
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Ruth Francis-Floyd
University of Florida/IFAS and
College of Veterinary Medicine

Scott Graves
University of Florida/IFAS
Tropical Aquaculture Lab

Kathleen Hartman
USDA-APHIS

Kathy Heym
The Florida Aquarium

Jeff Hill
University of
Florida/IFAS
Tropical Aquaculture Lab

Jim Kinsler
SeaWorld Orlando

Heather Maness
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Ed Noga

Denise Petty
University of Florida/IFAS and
College of Veterinary Medicine

Debbie Britt Pouder
University of Florida/IFAS
Tropical Aquaculture Lab

Nicole Stacy
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Rick Stout
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

Tom Waltzek
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

Craig Watson
University of Florida/IFAS

Tropical Aquaculture Lab

Roy Yanong
University of
Florida/IFAS
Tropical Aquaculture Lab

TA: Preeyanan Sriwanayos
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine

 

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Tentative Agenda

 

WEEK 1

(UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, FL) 

Sunday, July 29, 2012 

6:00 pm

Informal Welcome Reception at Little Harbor (Host hotel)

 

Monday, July 30, 2012 – Day 1 

8:00 am

Course vans depart hotel

8:30 am

Pick up course materials. Coffee and refreshments provided.

9:00 am

Introduction of faculty, class participants and opening remarks.

9:15 am

 Lecture (Jeff Hill)
1.
      Introduction to Fish Biology
2.
      Introduction to Families of Fishes

10:30am Refreshment Break
10:45 am

 Lecture (Denise Petty)
1.
      General Principles of Fish Physiology
2.
      Introduction to Comparative Anatomy of Fishes

12:15 pm  Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm

Introduction to Water Quality: Systems Design (Craig Watson)

2:00 pm Introduction to Water Quality: Basic Parameters and Testing Techniques (Petty)
4:30pm Group Discussion: Water Quality Problems and Cases (Petty, Ruth Francis-Floyd)

5:00 pm

Training Concludes

 

Tuesday July 31, 2012 – Day 2 

8:00 am

Vans depart hotel

8:30 am Introduction to Diagnostic Procedures (Claire Erlacher-Reid)
9:30 am

 Laboratory (Pouder, Erlacher-Reid, Maness, Sriwanayos, Francis-Floyd)
1.
      Introduction to Fish Anatomy with Representative Species
2.
      Physical Examination
3.
      Introduction to External Biopsy Techniques
4.
      Parasite Identification Techniques
5.
      Introduction to sterile technique
6.
      Sampling tissues from internal organs

11:30 am

Small Group Discussion (Francis-Floyd, Claire Erlacher-Reid)
1.
      Creating a Problem List
2.
      Case Assessment

12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm

Lecture: Marine Systems (Jim Kinsler)
1.
 Design Considerations
2.
 Vertebrates
3.
 Invertebrates

3:30pm Refreshment Break
3:45pm Pond and Facilities Tour, Emphasis on System Design (Graves)
4:40pm Interactive Video Discussion: Parasite Identification (Pouder, Yanong)

6:00 pm

Welcome Dinner (Sunset Grille, Little Harbor Resort)

 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – Day 3 

8:00 am Vans depart hotel
8:30 am What is “Normal”? (Debbie Pouder)
9:00 am

 Laboratory (Francis-Floyd, Scott Graves, Maness and Pouder)
1.
 Pond Tour
2.
 Water Quality Testing and Sampling Procedures

11:00am Lecture: Basic Principles of Biosecurity (Hartman)
12:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm   Introduction to Infectious Diseases of Fish (Francis-Floyd)
2:00 pm   Field Trip to Local Fish Farms (Yanong, Petty)
5:00 pm   Laboratory: Pond Water Analysis at TAL (Pouder, Maness, Sriwanayos)

5:30 pm 

Training Concludes

 

Thursday, August 2, 2012 – Day 4 

7:30 am Vans depart hotel
8:00 am Group Discussion: Diurnal Changes in Ponds (Francis-Floyd)
8:30 am Selected Reportable Aquatic Animal Diseases (Kathleen Hartman)
9:30 am

Interactive Lecture (Yanong and Pouder)
1.
      Review Common Parasite Identification
2.
      Begin Group Discussion of Control Strategies

10:30 am Vans travel to downtown Tampa
11:00 am Lunch (on your own in downtown area)
12:30 pm

 Lecture (Kathy Heym at the Florida Aquarium):
1.
      Quarantine Protocols
2.
      Managing Mycobacterium

1:30 pm Group Discussion: Case Reviews (Kathy Heym)
2:00 pm Florida Aquarium Tour (Heym and Aquarium Staff)

5:00 pm

Opportunity to have dinner downtown (on your own) or return to hotel

 

Friday, August 3, 2012 – Day 5 

8:00 am

Vans depart hotel (check out of hotel)

8:30 am 

Small Group Discussion (Hartman and Erlacher-Reid)
Design and Implementation of Quarantine Protocols

9:30 am Introduction to Microbial Diseases, Use of Vaccination Technology (Yanong)

11:00 am

Depart for Richloam Hatchery and Florida Bass Conservation Center (lunch en route, on your own)

12:30 pm

Arrive Richloam Hatchery and Florida Bass Conservation Center (Rick Stout)

1.      Introduction and Tour of Facilities

2.      Lecture:
a.
       Practical Aspects of Fish Health Management
b.
      Intensive Rearing of Largemouth Bass

3.      Discussion and Tour: Fish Health Management

3:30 pm

Training Concludes (vans depart for St Augustine)

   

WEEK 2

(UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, FL)

Saturday, August 4, 2012 – Day 6

8:30 am

Vans depart hotel

9:00 am

Lecture (Francis-Floyd)

1.  Chemicals and Treatments

2.  Calculating Treatment Rates

3.      Case Discussions

4.      Introduction to Fish Nutrition

12:30 pm

Training Concludes (afternoon free)

 

Sunday, August 5, 2012 – Day 7Free Day

 

Monday, August 6, 2012 – Day 8 

8:00 am

Vans depart hotel

8:30 am

Lecture: Parasitic Diseases (Ed Noga)

10:00 am Refreshment/Beach Volleyball Break
10:15 am  

Lecture (Noga)
1.
      Parasitic Diseases
2.
      Pulling it all together….Case Management

12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm

Lecture (Pouder)
1.
      Necropsy Procedures for Identification of Bacterial Disease
2.
      Introduction to Sterile/Microbial Techniques

2:30 pm

Laboratory (Pouder, Francis-Floyd, Yanong, Petty, Sriwanayos, Daniel)
Tour of Whitney Facilities
Review necropsy procedures
Fish Parasite Identification
Review Sterile/Microbial Techniques
Collection of samples for advanced diagnostics (ie PCR, Toxicology)

5:00 pm

Training Concludes

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 – Day 9 

8:00 am Vans depart hotel
8:30 am Lecture: Introduction to Fungal Diseases of Fish (Ed Noga)
9:30 am Bacterial  Diseases of Fish (Roy Yanong)
10:30 am Refreshment/Beach Volleyball Break
10:45 am Bacterial Diseases of Fish (continued) (Roy Yanong)
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm Selected Viral Diseases of Fish (continued) (Roy Yanong)
2:30 pm

Laboratory (Pouder, Francis-Floyd, Yanong)
1.
      Bacterial Identification
2.
      Staining for Bacterial Identification
3.
      Use of Special Media
4.
      Special Considerations for Laboratory Testing

5:00 pm

Training Concludes

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – Day 10 

8:00 am Vans depart hotel
8:30 am Case Reviews: Infectious Diseases (Yanong, Francis-Floyd)
9:30 am Tying it all Together (Crain)
1.The Team….Making Things Work
2. Practical Means of Developing a Health Management Program
10:30 am Refreshment/Beach Volleyball Break
11:30 am Introduction to Clinical Pathology for Fish Patients (N. Stacy)
12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm

 Laboratory and Interactive Discussion:
1.
      Clinical Pathology (Stacy)
2.
      Review of Water Quality and Testing Techniques (Francis-Floyd)
3.
      Parasite Identification (Yanong)

3:15 pm Refreshment/Beach Volleyball Break
3:30 pm Case Discussions (Crain, Francis-Floyd, Yanong)
4:00 pm Final Exam Review

5:30 pm

Training Concludes
(Note that
evening review session can be arranged if requested by students_

 

Thursday, August 9, 2012 – Day 11 

9:30 am

Exam (optional for CE students)

1:00 pm

Training Concludes (Afternoon Free)

 

Friday, August 10, 2012 – Day 12 

6:30 am

Vans depart hotel

10:00 am

Meet at Sea World (Jim Kinsler, Lara Croft)

Behind the Scenes Tour, Case Discussions

1:00 pm

Training Concludes (You are free to enjoy the park for the rest of the day. Public Transportation (fee-based) to the Orlando International Airport is available from Sea World)

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Continuing Education Units

24 Continuing education units have been requested from the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine. A certificate of completion will be provided upon completion of the course for verification of attendance.

 

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Field Trips

A tour of a tropical fish farm and a trip to the Florida Aquarium has been scheduled 

 

On Friday August 10, a behind-the-scenes tour of fish facilities and aquarium systems at Sea World in Orlando, Florida will be provided. Guests are not permitted due to increased security. There is no additional charge for the field trips.

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Registration


Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 40 participants. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

 

Early Reduced Registration Fee
(On or before June 25, 2012)

$900.00

Regular Registration Fee
(After
June 25, 2012
)

$1,000.00

*UF Graduate Students need to register with Ms. Rhiannon Pollard  at: rhiannon-pollard@ufl.edu
*UF Veterinary Students must first register Ms. Dot McColskey at mccloskeyd@ufl.edu 
Sherry and Dot will provide a registration code.

 

What does the Registration Fee include? It provides each participant the educational program, transportation (between host hotel & lecture sites, to field trips and changes of venue on August 3 & 10, Sunday evening (July 29) informal welcome reception, lunch on July 30, dinner on July 31, refreshment breaks Monday-Friday, lab supplies, and course materials.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before July 2, 2012. A $250.00 processing fee will be deducted from attendee refunds and $50 from UF student refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after July 2, 2012.

Special Needs: Special needs (such as visual, hearing or walking impairments) of registered attendees can be reasonably accommodated if they contact the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the training. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, or by email at msowder@ufl.edu.  If calling from within the State of Florida, the office can be reached through a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) at 1-800-955-8771.

Before clicking on the Register Now! link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand: credit card, check number or purchase order number, if your institution requires an invoice.
 

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Hotel Accommodations

Ruskin, Florida
For reservations arriving Sunday, July 29, 2012 and departing Friday, August 3, 2012

The Resort & Club at Little Harbor
611 Destiny Dr
Ruskin, Florida 33570
PHONE: 1-800-327-2773 (USA only) or 1-813-645-3291
FAX: 813-641-1589
Email: reservations@LittleHarborFlorida.com
Web Site:
www.staylittleharbor.com

The Resort & Club at Little Harbor is part of the residential village known as Little Harbor, which is situated on 350 acres with a secluded beach, marinas and a bounty of recreational amenities. It is located 6 miles from the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab. The resort has two waterfront restaurants, a lounge and a beach-side Tiki Bar. All guest rooms have an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave, mini refrigerator, direct dial telephones, free high-speed internet access, 19” color cable television with free premium channels, individual climate control air conditioning and heating and private balcony or patio.

Standard RoomThe resort is offering participants a standard room or deluxe room at the special rate of $99 per night + 12% tax for 1-2 people (additional at $10/person). Check-in is available after 3:00pm and checkout time is Noon. To make a reservation, please call 1-813-645-3291or email  reservations@LittleHarborFlorida.com by June 30, 2012, and specify you are with Diseases of Warmwater Fish. All reservation requests require a guarantee of one night’s room and tax by credit card. Cancellations must be received 7 days prior to day of arrival. Note: All rooms are non-smoking. A $250 cleaning bill will be accessed for any room smoked in.  


St. Augustine, Florida

For reservations arriving Friday, August 3, 2012 and departing Friday, August 10, 2012

Holiday lsle Oceanfront Resort
860 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 USA
PHONE: 1-904-471-2555
FAX: 1-904-461-8450

Holiday Isle is offering a very special rate for standard guest rooms (non-ocean view) of $79.00 a night. This rate is a net, non-commissionable rate, and applies to 1 - 4 persons per room, per night and is subject to St. Johns County sales tax and Tourism Development Tax. (Currently combined to equal 10%). Based on availability, rollaway beds are $10.00 + tax per night, cribs are free.

Group discounts apply to partial view rooms only. Oceanfront rooms cannot be blocked and are based solely on availability at $129.00 per night + tax. In order for a guest to have their phone turned on, and the ability to charge incidentals to their room, a credit card guarantee is required at check-in.

RESERVATION PROCEDURES

Individual reservations may be made by calling 1-800-626-7263 and identifying oneself as being with UF Diseases of Warmwater Fish. Reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card by July 3, 2012.


- CHECK-IN TIME: 4:00PM

- CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00AM
 

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If you are sharing a guest room with another participant, be sure to communicate the following information when making your hotel reservation.
  1. The full names of all sharing the guest room. If a person is not listed on the room, they will not be allowed to check into the guest room upon arrival.

  2. How the deposit is to be paid and by whom. If the deposit is to be paid by more than one person, then the full information and payment arrangements need to be included in the communication. (NOTE: A deposit is required by the hotel in order to reserve a guest room.)

  3. How the remaining room charges are to be paid. The hotel will need method of payment for each person responsible for the charges. This information will be reiterated at check-in.

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Training Sites


RUSKIN
 

UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

The Laboratory is part of the University's Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. It is located in Ruskin, Florida, approximately 20 miles south of Tampa in the heart of the tropical ornamental aquaculture industry. Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL) was created in 1996 from an industry-driven initiative and cooperation of UF and federal, state, and county representatives. The facility maintains strong working relationships with the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association, the Florida Aquaculture Association, and other producer-based organizations. The mission of TAL is to enhance the understanding of tropical, ornamental aquaculture through research and education. The Laboratory performs applied research, fish disease diagnostic services, and extension education programs and promotes professionalism in Florida's tropical aquaculture industry.


Lectures and labs will be held at TAL July 30-August 3. Daily transportation from
host hotel to TAL will be provided. After Friday’s lectures and tour, the vans will depart for St. Augustine.

Location and Map/Directions to TAL
 



ST. AUGUSTINE

UF/ The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
The Laboratory opened its doors on January 30, 1974. The main laboratory building includes about 20,500 square feet of space and houses the research units of the individual faculty members. The Center for Marine Studies (CMS), which opened in March, 2007, is situated on eastern shore of the Intracoastal Waterway, south of St. Augustine.

Lectures and labs will be held in the CMS building on August 4 and August 6-9. Transportation from the host hotel to Whitney Lab will be provided.

Map and Directions to Whitney Lab
 



ORLANDO

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey to the wonders that exist beyond the ocean’s door. A place where up-close encounters connect you to the energy, excitement, and mystery of the sea and sea life. A world of fascinating days, captivating nights, and exhilarating adventure. Once you’ve been here, you’ll never look at the sea and its incredible inhabitants the same way again.

Vans will depart early on August 10 for the drive to SeaWorld Orlando. It is not required that you ride in the UF vans. However, each participant must have their photo ID, as security will check you off the list of participants we provided them in advance. We will enter through a gate to the SeaWorld backstage area. SeaWorld staff will conduct a behind-the-scenes tour. You are welcome to stay in the park until closing time. UF will not provide transport from SeaWorld; you are responsible for returning back to the hotel, airport, or elsewhere. Taxi and bus service is available from the park.

SeaWorld Location and Directions
 

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Collaborative Organizations

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Travel Information


FLYING

It is recommended that students traveling by air should fly into Tampa International Airport and depart from Orlando International Airport. If not attending the final day at SeaWorld, we suggest you depart from Jacksonville International Airport.

                                      

Jacksonville Airport Authority

Transportation will be provided to all course activities beginning on July 30, so there is no need to rent a car. However, you will need to arrange transport from the airport to the host hotel .

 

DRIVING

Participants traveling by vehicle should arrive at host hotel in time for Sunday's informal welcome reception. Please consider carpooling with other attendees and inform the course staff that you will be providing your own transportation. Participants driving should follow the UF vans to field trip and St. Augustine. And should you wish to attend the last day at Sea World Orlando, please follow the vans early morning on August 10.

 

COURSE TRANSPORTATION

Van transportation will be provided to and from the preferred hotels to all course lectures, field trips, and venue changes on August 3 and 10.

 

The final class will be held at SeaWorld Orlando. You are welcome to stay in the park until closing time but are responsible for transportation back to the hotel, airport, or elsewhere. Taxi and bus service is available at SeaWorld.

 


Area Information

Ruskin, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Questions
Course Information:
Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine
PO Box 100136
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32610-0136
Phone: 352-294-4197
Fax: 352-392-8289
Em
ail: rffloyd@ufl.edu
Registration Information:
Shelby Sowder, Assistant Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road

Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930
Fax: 352-392-9734
Email:
msowder@ufl.edu

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