University of Florida

SeaVet Clinical Training

Aquatic Animal Health

June 25 - July 3, 2010 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. 


This is a two-credit 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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This course is being offered exclusively for Veterinary Students and Licensed Veterinarians. Registrations will not be accepted otherwise. If you register online and it is later determined you do not fulfill this requirement, your money will be refunded minus the registration processing fee.


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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 new Residence Inn located by I-75. (See the Hotel Accommodations section for more information).


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This course is being offered exclusively for Veterinary Students and Licensed Veterinarians. Registrations will not be accepted otherwise. If you register online and it is later determined you do not fulfill this requirement, your money will be refunded minus the registration processing fee. The training is limited to 25 registrants.


What does the Registration Fee include? It provides each participant the educational program, dolphin interaction program, six lunches, daily refreshment breaks, transportation to/from field trip sites and the recommended hotel, course notes, a mug and a certificate of completion. 

Early Veterinary Student Registration Fee
(on or before May 1, 2010)
Regular Veterinary Student Registration Fee
(after May 1, 2010)
Early Veterinary Registration Fee
(on or before May 1, 2010)
Regular Veterinary Registration Fee
(after May 1, 2010)

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 May 1, 2010. A 50 percent processing fee will be deducted. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after May 1, 2010.

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 10 working days prior to the training. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-294-4198, 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.

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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.




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.




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 Felburn Wildlife Care Center is a state of the art facility where Wednesday's training session will be held.

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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 a swim with dolphins at Marineland for a close-up, interactive experience in assessing their health on Monday and hands-on training at a manatee facility in Homosassa Springs on Wednesday. Transportation will be provided to all field tour sites.





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Hotel Accommodations

Gainesville, Florida
  Arrive:  Friday, June 25, 2010
  Depart: Sunday, July 3, 2010

Residence Inn Gainesville I-75
3275 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Tel: 1-352-294-0000 or 1-800-331-3131
Fax: 1-352-335-2321



The Residence Inn Gainesville is located off I-75 and just 4 miles from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. This brand new property offers many amenities: complimentary hot breakfast and Manager's Reception (Monday-Friday), daily housekeeping, on-site laundry, valet dry cleaning, and complimentary high-speed Internet access and free local calling in each guest room.

The Residence Inn is offering participants of SeaVet Clinical Training a special guest room rate of $99.00 per night plus tax (currently 9.75%) for a studio suite.  Check-in is available at 4:00pm and checkout time is 12:00(Noon). Each studio suite has a king size bed, sofa bed and fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator. Please Note: As this is a discounted rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents.

To make reservations, contact the Residence Inn Gainesville at 352-264-0000 or 800-331-3131. Be sure to identify yourself as a SeaVet Clinical participant. All reservations 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.

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Share-a-Room Information

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  • After locating a roommate, be sure to reserve your hotel room.

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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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Course Information:

Dr. Mike Walsh, Program Organizer
University of Florida

Aquatic Animal Health Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
PO Box 100136
Gainesville, FL 32610-0136
Phone: 352-294-4199
Fax: 352-392-8289

Registration Information:

Shelby Sowder, 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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