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Location: Bristol, RI, United States

Application Deadline: N/A

Program Description

AQUAVET® I and II will be presented at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Bristol is a picture perfect New England town about 20 minutes from Newport.


AQUAVET® I - An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine: The course is designed for veterinary students and veterinarians who have an interest in applying their veterinary training to aquatic animals. Duration: 4 weeks.


AQUAVET® II – Comparative Pathology of Aquatic Animals The course will be oriented toward the pathology of vertebrates and invertebrates commonly used as laboratory animals, encountered in display aquaria, and of importance to aquaculture enterprises. Duration: 2 weeks – May 28 to June 10, 2017 – Prerequisite: AQUAVET® I. AQUAVET® Summer Research Fellow (one offered) Fellows pay no tuition for the 8 weeks of the research program itself and will be reimbursed for room and board expenses. Duration: 8 weeks following AQUAVET® I – Prerequisite: AQUAVET® I. 


AQUAVET® III – Clinical Aspects of Captive Aquatic Animal Medicine The course is designed for veterinary students and veterinarians who have specific interest in working in an aquarium or dolphinarium. Duration: 5 weeks following AQUAVET® I - June 25th to July 30th 2017 - Prerequisite: AQUAVET® I The course will be presented in three different venues. The first two weeks are focused on all of the animals found in a typical aquarium and will be held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. The next week focuses on endoscopy and surgery of reptiles and fish taking place at the University of Georgia. The final two weeks take place at Dolphinaris in Cancún, México, where students focus on dolphin medicine including learning to take and analyze samples and hands-on learning of dolphin ultrasound. Fee: $3,900 for full-time veterinary students. This includes tuition, room and most meals. (Actual costs are much higher, but are covered by anonymous donors. Official tuition listed as $7,900, but one donor pays $4,000 of that for each student bringing actual student fee down to $3,900.


Detailed information about the courses is available on our website. The specific course programs for each course in 2017 are also listed there. Please note: Fees listed here are for students. Graduate veterinary fees are listed on the website. Applications for admission are due by January 15, 2017. The application is available on our website. You will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your completed application and supporting materials.


For more information and to apply, please visit our website: www.aquavet.org

Animals Typically Seen at Organization, Institution or Clinic

Participants get experience with a wide range of animals. Please see individual program descriptions for more information. 

Knowledge or Experience Required

Veterinary education with interest in/ focus on aquatics.

Information on when this externship runs, duration and start / end dates (if applicable)

AQUAVET® I: Duration: 4 weeks 

AQUAVET® II: Duration: 2 weeks 

AQUAVET® III: Duration: 5 weeks 

Accommodation / Housing

Housing is provided. Please visit our website for more details.

How to Apply

For application instructions, please visit our website: www.aquavet.org

For More Information


Contact: Donald W. Stremme, V.M.D.

Email: aquavetmail@gmail.com

Phone: +1-609-350-3044

Date posted: Oct-19-2016



David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV
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