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The World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit professional association devoted to supporting it's members and advancing the practice of aquatic veterinarians

Aquatic Veterinary Educational Opportunities

Summaries of WAVMA and other aquatic veterinary educational opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians/nurses wanting to expand their knowledge, skills and experience in aquatic veterinary medicine. Click on links (on the tabs on the left, or below) for more details.


Funding for Aquatic Educational Opportunities

John L. Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Education Awards Program

This program provides financial support on an annual basis to a limited number of veterinary students or recent veterinary graduates, to allow recipients to explore a career in aquatic veterinary medicine through a variety of aquatic veterinary educational activities. Activities supported include attending aquatic veterinary workshops, giving presentations at meetings, participating in externships, internships, or engaging in small-scale research projects. 


WAVMA Educational Programs

WAVMA CertAqV Program

This member-only program identifies 9 core competency or subject matter areas needed to practice aquatic veterinary medicine, and recognizes those veterinarians that have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and experience (KSE) from a variety of sources (academic courses, CEPD, self-study, etc). Applicants work with a mentor and have 2 years to provide evidence of basic understanding and competency in the 9 core subject areas.  After evaluated and approved, candidates will be entitled to use the "CertAqV" honorific to identify their competency.


This program provides live and recorded webinars to introduce members and others to a wide variety of aquatic veterinary medicine subjects.  Many are available for CEPD credit and useful for annual licensing or registration to practice veterinary medicine. Some may be suitable for CertAqV credit, and may be useful for presentation at WAVMA Student Chapter and other meetings.

WAVMA Aquatic Veterinary Student Externship Listing

A database of aquatic veterinary externships currently available to veterinary students.


Other Aquatic Veterinary Short Courses 

Short courses that may be useful for aquatic veterinary CEPD

AQUAVET I, II & III - Coordinated by Cornell University these three week summer courses, usually held in at Rodger Williams University in Rhode Island each year, cover many aspects of general aquatic animal biology & pathobiology.

Aquatic Animal Health Distance Learning - University of Florida offers a variety of on-line courses in the spring and fall, including Introduction to Aquaculture, Aquatic Wildlife Health, Manatee Health & Conservation, Aquatic Animal Conservation Issues, Fish & Aquatic Invertebrate Histology (others courses are in development).

MARVET - Workshops (10-14 days) in a variety of locations in the U.S. and Caribbean provide an opportunity to participate in research and veterinary procedures useful in marine mammal medicine.

SeaVet Clinical Training - An intensive nine day course for veterinary students and veterinarians that covers a wide variety of aquatic veterinary issues through didactic lecture, case-based problem-solving and practical experience.



Stephen Reichley, DVM, PhD, CertAqV
WAVMA Secretary

Mailing Address

25871 Duran Ave
Conifer, CO 80433
United States