University of Florida

SeaVet Clinical Training

Aquatic Animal Health

June 4-13, 2012 Gainesville, FL, USA

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SeaVet Clinical Training is an intensive nine day 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  hands-on training. 


This is a three credit professional class through the University of Florida. Academic credit will only be granted to UF veterinary students.


Continuing education credits may be earned by veterinarians. This course has a maximum of 25 allowed by the state of Florida. If requested, a form will be provided at start of the course to keep track of your hours. If you are not in Florida, your state has the right to refuse the credits. However, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited with NAVC and out-of-state veterinarians have not be denied credits after attending past SeaVet courses.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: This course is being offered exclusively for Veterinary Students and Licensed Veterinarians. Registrations will not be accepted otherwise.

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Tentative 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.

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.


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 staying at recommended hotel.



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Course Faculty


Dr. James Bailey

Innovative Veterinary Medicine, Inc.

Mr. George Biedenbach

Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station

Dr. Stephan Cassle

University of Florida

Dr. Tonya Clauss

Georgia Aquarium

Dr. Carmen Colitz

Aquatic Animal Eye Care, LLC

Mr. Alex Costidis

University of Florida

Dr. Marine de Wit

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd

University of Florida

Dr. Charles Manire

Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center

Ms. Kelly Martin

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Dr. Craig Pelton

University of Florida/Volusia County

Dr. David Reese

University of Florida

Dr. Roger Reid

U.S. Geological Survey

Mr. Kevin Roberts

Marineland Dolphin Adventure (Georgia Aquarium)

Dr. Don Samuelson

University of Florida

Dr. Nicole Stacy

University of Florida

Ms. Megan Stolen

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Dr. Mike Walsh

University of Florida

Dr. Randy Wells

Chicago Zoological Society/University of Florida

Dr. Roy Yanong

University of Florida

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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.


This is a 3 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.


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, and course materials. 

Early Veterinary Student Registration Fee
(on or before April 2, 2012)
Regular Veterinary Student Registration Fee
(after April 2, 2012)
Early Veterinary Registration Fee
(on or before April 2, 2012)
Regular Veterinary Registration Fee
(after April 2, 2012)


*UF Veterinary Students need to also register and receive a registration code 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 April 30, 2012. A 50 percent processing fee will be deducted. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after April 30, 2012.

Special Needs: Special needs (such as visual, hearing or walking impairments) of registered attendees can be reasonably accommodated if they contact Heather Maness 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.

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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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.




Lowry Park Zoo

We will travel to the manatee rehabilitation area and view the current patients being treated at the hospital.  You will experience manatee handling, monitoring, morphometric and diagnostics.  We will also discuss current manatee rescue, rehabilitation and pathology issues

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features 56 acres of lush, natural habitats comprising seven main offers outdoor exhibits for more than 1,500 animals including the habitats from a Native Florida that includes the manatee hospital.  Other exhibits areas: Asian Domain, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and the new Safari Africa. 



Clearwater Marine Aquarium

In 1972, a group of dedicated volunteers decided it was time to establish a permanent marine biology learning center in our area. The Sea-Orama, a mounted fish exhibit at Clearwater Marina, had been in storage for several years. Hoping for a larger exhibit, perhaps with live animals to observe, we were incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name Clearwater Marine Science Center (CMSC). In 1978, the city of Clearwater agreed to donate our current facility, an abandoned water treatment plant, to CMSC.

The first exhibit room, featuring fish from the original Sea-Orama, was opened to the public in 1981. Over the next few years, thanks to individual and corporate donations and immense volunteer efforts, CMSC continued to grow. In the 1990's, as renovations continued to provide more public area and education programs, our name was changed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to reflect the increasing level of community interaction. Today, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an internationally respected center for animal care, public education and marine research.


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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  hands-on training at a manatee facility in Homosassa Springs. Transportation will be provided to all field tour sites.





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Hotel Accommodations

Gainesville, Florida
  Arrive:  Saturday, June 2, 2012
  Depart: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Residence Inn Gainesville I-75
3275 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Tel: 1-352-264-0000 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 $124.00 per night plus tax (currently 11.75%) for a two-bedroom suite.  Check-in is available at 4:00pm and checkout time is 12:00(Noon). Each two-bedroom suite has two bedrooms each with its own bathroom. There is a fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator and sofa bed. For participants who do not want to share a room, studio suites are available for $104.00 per night plus tax.
Please Note:
These discounted rates are not commissionable to travel agents.

To make reservations, contact the Residence Inn Gainesville at 1-352-264-0000 or
1-800-331-3131. Be sure to identify yourself with SeaVet Clinical Training 2011. 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

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.
Click here to submit your information for posting on the share a hotel room page
(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.

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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Travel & Area Information

Jacksonville Airport Authority

Tampa International

UF Parking Information

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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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