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Skin Deep - How deep is your knowledge of fish skin

Latest WAVMA WebCEPD webinar information

Presentation Title:

Skin Deep: Microscopic Functional Anatomy of Finfish Integument

Join us on June 22 2020 at 14.00 UTC for this free webinar. 

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About this webinar:

The integument or skin is the envelope that separates and protects a fish from its environment, but also provides the means through which most of the contacts with the outer world are made. In addition to protective functions, the skin of a fish may serve important roles in communication, sensory perception, locomotion, ion regulation and excretion. A basic understanding of the large, multifunctional and complex integumentary system is essential for fish health management. This webinar will cover principal features of microscopic functional anatomy of cellular and non-cellular elements of integument of major fish taxa, from primitive jawless fishes to higher teleosts, including common elements as well as differences among the various taxa. This webinar is suitable for Veterinarians, veterinary scientists and other fish health research scientists, and veterinary students.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Principal morphological features of fish skin. 
  2.  Important functions of principal morphological features of fish integument.
  3. Role of epithelial cells in healing skin and fin wounds

About the speaker:

Dr. Diane G. Elliott received her Ph.D. in Fishery Biology from the University of Washington (USA) in 1985, with a specialty in fish health. Her career in fish health research has encompassed university, private industry and government positions, including 31 years as the project leader for histology and bacteriology research at the U.S. Geological Survey Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA, before she retired in 2017 and moved into her current position as a Scientist Emeritus at the Center. Her extensive publications include four book chapters on macroscopic and microscopic anatomy and functions of normal finfish integument, and a chapter on skin and fin diseases of finfish. For many years, she has served as a co-organizer of the Histopathology Workshops held in conjunction with the biennial European Association of Fish Pathologists International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish. She is a past president of the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section, is an AFS-FHS certified fish pathologist, and received the AFS-FHS S.F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award in 2015 for career accomplishments in the fish health field.


This webinar is suitable for veterinarians, vet techs/nurses, vet students and veterinary practice staff. Feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues.

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Information on how to access the recorded webinar and the knowledge and skills assessment covering the webinar’s learning objectives, which must be completed in order to earn Continuing Educational & Professional Development (CEPD) credit will be emailed to all registrants after the webinar. 


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