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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.

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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)

  Giana Bastos Gomes MV, MVM, CertAqV (Australia)

Heather Bjornebo DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* James Bogan DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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

* Todd R. Cecil DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Michael Corcoran DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Emily Cornwell PhD, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Darren Docherty BVMS, MRCVS, CertAqV (UK)

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

Devon Dublin DMVZ, PhD, CertAqV (Japan)

Ashley Emanuele DVM, CertAqV (USA)

  Mohamed Faisal DVM, PhD, Dr. Honoris Causa, CertAqV (USA)

* Ari Fustukjian DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Christopher Good DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Parinda Kamchum DVM, CertAqV (Thailand)

* Krystan Grant DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

* Stephanie Grimmett BVSc, CertAqV (UK)

* Orachun Hayakijkosol BVSc, PhD, CertAqV (Australia)

  Colin Johnston BVMS, MACVSc, CertAqV (New Zealand)

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

* Kasper Jørgensen DVM CertAqV (Denmark)

* Brian Joseph DVM, CertAqV (USA) 

* Elizabeth Kaufman DVM, CertAqV (Israel)

* Amy Kizer DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Jack Kottwitz DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Eric Littman DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Kerryn Illes BVetBiol/BVetSci, CertAqV (New Zealand)

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

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

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

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

* 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)

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

  Brian Palmeiro VMD, DipACVD, CertAqV (USA)

Christine Parker-Graham DVM, CertAqV (USA)

  David Pasnik DVM, MS, CertAqV (USA)

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

  Jena Questen DVM, CertAqV (USA)

  Aimee Reed DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

Stephen Reichley DVM, PhD, CertAqV (USA)

Komsin Sahatrakul DVM (Hons), CertAqV (Singapore)

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

Nick Saint-Erne DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Jessie Sanders DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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

Galit Sharon DVM, PhD, CertAqV (Israel)

* Johnny P. Shelley DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Melissa Singletary DVM, CertAqV (USA)

* Esteban Soto Martinez MV, PhD, DiplACVM, CertAqV (USA)

Gillian Taylor BVSc, CertAqV (South Africa)

Julius Tepper DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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

  Sharon Tiberio DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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

* Greta van de Sompel DMV, CertAqV (Belgium)

Sarah Wahlstrom DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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

* Scott Weber VMD, MSc, CertAqV (USA)

* Trista Welsh-Becker DVM, CertAqV (USA)

  Peter Werkman DVM, CertAqV (Netherlands)

Taylor Yaw DVM, CertAqV (USA)

Irene Yen MPH, DVM, CertAqV (USA)

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


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



Stephen Reichley, DVM, PhD, CertAqV
WAVMA Secretary

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