University of Florida

SeaVet Clinical Training

Aquatic Medical Education

June 20-27, 2009 Gainesville, FL, USA

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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. The program also features an educational and interactive swim session with dolphins to provide realistic exposure and hands-on training. Student participation in this program will help in the future design of a state-of-the-art SeaVet course. This is a two-credit graduate and professional class through the University of Florida. Academic credit may only be granted to UF veterinary students. Continuing education credit may be earned by veterinarians.

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Course Topics


  • Animal and Facilities Management

  • Environmental Concerns and Water Quality Problem Solving

  • Sea Turtle Disease and Medicine

  • Infectious Diseases – Pinnipeds and Cetaceans

  • Pathology of Sea Turtles

  • Pinniped Medicine including Walrus Medicine and Care

  • Cetacean Medicine

  • Imaging Techniques

  • Preventive Medicine, Vaccinations and Health Assessments

  • Lateral Line Disease in Fish

  • Husbandry Training and Behavior

  • Quarantine / Biosecurity

  • Antibiotic Use and Resistance

  • Beached and Stranded Cetaceans - First Aid, Stabilization and Monitoring

  • Large Whale Issues Entanglement Sedation

  • Zoonotic Diseases

  • Penguin Medicine

  • Health Issues for Rays, Sharks, Whale Sharks and Large Fish

  • Case Studies and Problem Solving

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General Class Information


Class Structure
In general, the days will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1- hour lunch depending on time constraints of travel. There will be four laboratory sessions on manatees, cetacean interaction with a swim program at Marineland of Florida, radiology case reviews of cetaceans, sea turtles and other species, and a sea turtle wet lab on clinical anatomic issues and dehooking.

Recommended Texts
Dierauf, L. and Gulland, F., 2001. CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Second Edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 1063 pp.

Mader, D. 2006. Reptile Medicine and Surgery, Second Edition. Saunders-Elsevier, St. Louis, MO. 1242 pp.

Grading of this pass/fail class will be based on timely attendance, class and hands-on lab participation, and practical and clinical knowledge.

Facility tours that provide a working knowledge of husbandry are considered integral for any individual working in aquatic animal medicine. Organizations that have graciously agreed to allow access to their facilities with behind the scenes tours include Marineland and Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.


Daily Transportation
If you do not live locally, daily transportation to and from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine will be provided, as long as you are a guest at the local Cabot Lodge. (See the Hotel Accommodations section for more information).


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Course Faculty

Clifford Berry
  University of Florida
  College of Veterinary Medicine - Radiology

Sherry Branch
  Sea World Orlando

Tonya Clauss, DVM
  Georgia Aquarium

Ray Davis, Director
  Marine Science Center Volusia County

Ruth Francis Floyd, DVM
  University of Florida
  College of Veterinary Medicine

Bill Hughes
  Sea World Orlando

Mark Lowe, DVM
  Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Beth Nolan, DVM
  Disney’s Living Seas

David Reese, DVM
  University of Florida
  College of Veterinary Medicine - Radiology

Brian Stacy, DVM
  University of Florida
  College of Veterinary Medicine

Andy Stamper, DVM
  Disney’s Animal Program

Mike Walsh, DVM
  University of Florida
  College of Veterinary Medicine

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What does the Registration Fee include? The SeaVet Clinical Training registration fee provides each participant the educational program, admittance to all field trips and transportation to lectures, field trips and changes of venue, lab supplies and a ring binder containing course handouts.

Early Registration Fee
(on or before June 1, 2009)
Regular Registration Fee
(after June 1, 2009)

This is a two-credit graduate and professional class through the University of Florida. Academic credit may only be granted to UF veterinary students*. Continuing education credit will be offered to veterinarians.

*UF Veterinary Students need to also register with Ms. Dot McCloskey at: 

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 June 12, 2009. A 50 percent processing fee will be deducted. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after June 12, 2009.

Special Needs: Special needs (such as visual, hearing or walking impairments) of registered attendees can be reasonably accommodated if they contact Heather Daniel at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine at least 110 working days prior to the training. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-2212, ext 5686, or by email at 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 Online 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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Training Sites



The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida

The College of Veterinary Medicine at UF is part of both the Health Science Center, which encompasses six colleges, and the University’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). It is Florida’s only veterinary college, offering comprehensive service to the public through a four-fold mission – teaching, research, extension and patient care. Areas of strength at the college include: comparative medicine, food animal medicine, laboratory animal medicine, aquatic medicine, environmental medicine, large animal medicine and surgery and small animal medicine and surgery.




Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

The park's resident manatees make the first-magnitude spring their home, along with fresh and salt water fish that are free to come and go. The Fish Bowl, a floating underwater observatory, offers an unequalled, below-the-surface view of manatees and fish in the crystal clear spring environment.

Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park's underwater observatory in the main spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. An elevated boardwalk system provides a great view of the wildlife including a cougar, bears, bobcats, otters, deer, alligators and a wide variety of wading birds, birds of prey and songbirds. Homosassa Springs is one of the a very few places where you can see endangered West Indian manatees, Whooping Cranes, Red wolves, Key Deer, and a Florida panther up close. The female river otter has a new pup and is happy to show it off to visitors.

The recently completed Felburn Wildlife Care Center is a state of the art facility where our training sessions will be held.




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.


Marineland of Florida

Marineland was the world’s first oceanarium; conceived as a project to provide a window to the ocean. Today it continues to serve as a link between the public and the marine world, promoting awareness of our fragile marine and coastal environments and inspiring a commitment to protection of these precious resources. Marineland's Dolphin Conservation Center opened in 2006 to educate and entertain guests through interactive dolphin encounters. The dolphins reside in a 1.3 million gallon habitat. It is located across the road from The Whitney Lab.

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Field Trips


Field tours that provide a working knowledge of husbandry are considered integral for any individual working in aquatic animal medicine. This course includes hands-on training at a manatee facility in Homosassa Springs on Monday, and a swim with dolphins at Marineland for a close-up, interactive experience in assessing their health on Friday. Transportation will be provided to all field tour sites.





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Hotel Accommodations

Gainesville, Florida
  Arrive:  Friday, June 19
  Depart: Sunday, June 28

Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville
3726 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Tel: 1-352-375-2400 or 1-800-843-8735
Fax: 1-352-335-2321

Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville is located just 4.3 miles from the
UF College of Veterinary Medicine and 5 miles from downtown Gainesville. The Cabot Lodge provides extensive amenities to make you feel at home. They include complimentary deluxe breakfast buffet and nightly cocktails, both served in the relaxing atrium. Additionally, there is an outdoor swimming pool, on-site fitness center and business center with complimentary computer usage, Internet access, color printer, copies and faxes. There are several restaurants and shops within walking distance.

The Cabot Lodge is offering participants of SeaVet Clinical Training a special guest room rate of $70.00 per night for a standard resort room night plus tax (currently 9.25%) with one to four people in a room. Check-in is available at 3:00pm and checkout time is 11:00am.

To make reservations, contact the Cabot Lodge Hotel Gainesville at 352-375-2400 or 800-843-8735. Be sure to identify yourself as a University of Florida visitor. All reservation requests require a guarantee of first night’s deposit by credit card. If you change or cancel a reservation, you must do so before 6:00pm on your scheduled check-in date. For those eligible for the state tax exemption, you must present a copy of your Florida state tax exemption certificate when you check-in.

Please Note: As this is a discounted rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents.

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Share-a-Room Information

This service is to assist individuals in locating others interested in sharing accommodations for the conference. It is the individual's responsibility to make contact with other interested parties. Once a roommate has been located, you may request removal of your email contact.
CLICK HERE to view those wishing to share a hotel room.
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(Email submissions will be posted within 5 working days).
  • This service will require that your name, gender, email address, affiliation, originating country and smoking preference be posted on a web page accessible to the public.
  • After locating a roommate, be sure to reserve your hotel room specifying two double beds as soon as possible. Double rooms tend to fill first and may not be available if you wait.

Click here to have your contact information removed from the list of those wishing to share a hotel room.
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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Course Information:

Dr. Mike Walsh, Program Organizer
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine
PO Box 100136
Gainesville, FL 32610-0136
Phone: 352-222-4948
Fax: 352-846-1171


Registration Information:

Kim Brand, Registrar
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: 352-392-4044

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