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WAVMA CertAqV Program

Program Description

The WAVMA Aquatic Veterinarian Certification Program identifies the core competency or subject matter areas needed to practice aquatic veterinary medicine, and recognizes those veterinarians who have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and experience (KSE) from a variety of sources, in the following 9 core subject matter areas:

  1. Aquatic Environment and Life Support Systems
  2. Taxonomy, Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Husbandry and Industries
  4. Pathobiology and Epidemiology of Aquatic Animal Diseases
  5. Diagnostics and Treatment of Aquatic Animal Diseases
  6. Clinical Veterinary Experience and Client Communications
  7. Public Health, Zoonotics and Seafood Safety
  8. Legislation, Regulations, and Policies
  9. Principles of Aquatic Animal Welfare

Full CertAqV Program Description (version 1.1, March 2014)                                                    Click here to download


The Process

Individuals who desire to participate in the WAVMA CertAqV Credentialing Program will first need to register and pay the US$250 administrative fee.  When registering you will select a mentor (see list below) to assist and guide you through the requirements.  After you have registered, the mentor you requested will receive an automated e-mail to contact you and request you provide him/her with a copy of your resume or CV.  You will also receive an e-mail on how to download a document to record where you have obtained sufficient KSEs (knowledge, skills and experience/education) in each of the 9 modules or subject areas.  If necessary, you have up to 2 years to complete these.

When your mentor is satisfied you have sufficient KSE credits, he/she will request the WAVMA Credentialing Committee to evaluate these.  Once the Committee and the WAVMA Executive Board have evaluated these (usually in December, March, June and September) and are satisfied you meet all requirements, you will be notified and mailed a certificate suitable for framing and display.

Please note: To maintain certification, individuals will need to be WAVMA Full Members and acquire at least 50 hours of aquatic veterinary CEPD over the following 5 years.  Recertification will require a US$50 application fee and evidence of this CEPD.


On-line Registration & Payment

BEFORE REGISTERING and selecting a mentor on-line:

  1. Be sure you have downloaded and read the CertAqV Program Description; and,
  2. Before Registering e-mail a possible mentor (click on person's name) to ensure he/she is willing to mentor you through the program. After you register online, you and the mentor will receive e-mail confirmations, and you will be provided with a link to download appropriate forms for you to document your KSEs.

Click to Register


Current Certified Aquatic Veterinarians

* Indicates those currently available to serve as a CertAqV Mentor (NOTE: before registering, click on mentor's name to e-mail him/her a request to serve as a mentor). Individuals who have not completed their 5-year renewal  requirement are no longer considered eligilble to utilize the CertAqV Honorific or serve as a mentor. 

* Jessica Allen, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Farah Gonul Aydin, VH, PhD, CertAqV (Turkey)

* Madison E. Barnes, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Heather W. Barron, DVM, Dipl.ABVP(Avian), CertAqV (USA)

  Giana Bastos GomesMV, MVM, CertAqV (Australia)

Trista Becker, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Jenice BellDVM, CertAqV (USA)

Heather BjorneboDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* James BoganDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Pierre-Marie Boitard, DMV, CertAqV (France)

Erika BriganteDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Todd R. Cecil, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Bryony Chetwynd-Glover, BVSc CertAqV (UK)

Dondrae J. CobleDVM, Dipl.ACLAM (USA)

* Michael Corcoran, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Emily Cornwell, PhD, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Rebecca Crawford, DVM, CertAqV (Canada)

* Charles Cummings, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Nadav DavidovichDMV, MVPH, CertAqV (Israel)

Darren Docherty, BVMS, MRCVS, CertAqV (UK)

* Simon Doherty BVMS, MRCVS, FRSB, CertAqV (UK)

Devon Dublin, DMVZ, PhD, CertAqV (Japan)

Jacqueline ElliottDVM, CertAqV (USA)

Ashley EmanueleDVM, CertAqV (USA)

Azureen Erdman, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Antonella Fabrissin, DMV MSc CertAqV (Italy)

* Mohamed Faisal, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

* Erika First, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Ari FustukjianDVM, CertAqV (USA)

Christopher Good, DVM, Dipl.ACVPM, CertAqV (USA)

* Krystan Grant DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

Miguel Grilo, DMV, CertAqV (Portugal)

Stephanie Grimmett, BVSc, CertAqV (UK)

Katharina Hagen-Frei, Dr. med. vet. CertAqV (Switzerland)

* Orachun Hayakijkosol, BVSc, PhD, CertAqV (Australia)

Nora Hickey, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* John Howe, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Kerryn Illes, BVetBiol/BVetSci, CertAqV (UK)

* Jimmy Johnson, DVM, MS, CertAqV, DACZM (USA)

  Colin Johnston, BVMS, MACVSc(Aq) (New Zealand) - Expired September 2018

* Kasper Jørgensen, DVM, CertAqV (Denmark)

* Brian Joseph, DVM, CertAqV (USA) 

Parinda Kamchum, DVM, CertAqV (Thailand)

* Fritz Karbe, T, PhD, CertAqV (Germany)

Sheri KasperDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Elizabeth Kaufman, DVM, CertAqV (Israel)

* Amy Kizer, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Jessica Koppien-FoxDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Jack Kottwitz, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Elizabeth Leuchte, BVMS, MSc, CertAqV (USA)

Jan Linkenhoker, DVM, MSPH, DiplACLAM, CertAqV (USA)

Eric Littman, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Richmond Loh, BVMS, MPh, MANZCVS, CertAqV (Australia)

* Richard Lloyd, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS, CertAqV (UK)

* Adolf K. Maas, DVM, DABVP, CertAqV (USA)

Raphael A. MalbrueDVM, MS, CertAqV (USA)

David P. Marancik, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (Grenada)

* Victoria MarounDVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Colin McDermott, VMD, CertAqV (USA)

Matthijs Metselaar, DVM, PhD, MRCVS, MIFM, CertAqV (UK)

Tim Miller-Morgan, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Haitham Mohammed, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, CertAqV (Egypt)

* Alissa B. Mones, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Danny Morick, MVDr, CertAqV (Israel)

* Ross Neethling, BVSc, CertAqV (UK)

Sally Nofs, DVM, DiplECZM, CertAqV (USA)

Dušan Palic, DVM, MVSc, PhD, CertAqV (Germany)

* Brian Palmeiro, VMD, DipACVD, CertAqV (USA)

Christine Parker-Graham, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Lily Parkinson, DVM, DiplACZM, CertAqV (USA)

  David J. Pasnik, DVM, MS (USA) - Expired May 2019

Ayanna Carla Phillips, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (Trinidad & Tobago)

* Jena Questen, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Atisara Rangsichol, DVM, CertAqV (Thailand)

* Aimee Reed, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

Stephen Reichley, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

Patinan Rookkachard, DVM, CertAqV (Singapore)

Brittany Stevens, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Komsin Sahatrakul, DVM (Hons), CertAqV (Singapore)

Nick Saint-Erne, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Sasha Saugh, BVSc, CertAqV (S. Africa)

A. David Scarfe, PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV (USA)

* Khalid Shahin, BVSc, MVSc, CertAqV (UK/Egypt)

Galit Sharon, DVM, PhD, CertAqV (Israel)

* Johnny P. Shelley, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Christopher Shirkey, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Constance Silbernagel, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Melissa Singletary, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Esteban Soto MartinezMV, PhD, DiplACVM, CertAqV (USA)

Win Surachetpong, DVM, PhD, DiplTBVP, CertAqV (Thailand)

Gillian Taylor, BVSc, CertAqV (South Africa)

Julius Tepper, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Sharon Tiberio, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Laura-Daniela Urdes, DMV, PhD, CertAqV (Romania)

* Greta van de Sompel DMV, CertAqV (Belgium)

Claudia Venegas, MV. PhD, CertAqV (Chile)

Zachary Waddington, DVM, CertAqV (Canada)

Sarah Wahlstrom, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Chris Walster, BVMS, MVPH, MRCVS, CertAqV (UK)

* Scott Weber, VMD, MSc, CertAqV (USA)

Marcus Webster, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

  Peter Werkman, DVM, CertAqV (Netherlands)

* David A. Wilbur, DVM, MS, CertAqV (USA)

* Howard Kai Hay Wong, VetMB, MPVM, MRCVS, CertAqV (Hong Kong/China)

Taylor Yaw, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Irene Yen, MPH, DVM, CertAqV (USA)


Click here to download a full description of the CertAqV Program (Version 1.1, March 2014)



David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV
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