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2016 WAVMA Virtual Conference


This conference will be of interest to any fish veterinarian or anyone interested in aquatic veterinary medicine. With over 20 internationally recognised speaker's presentations given over two days, and the chance to gain a years worth of Continiung Education & Professional Development credit at minimal cost, this conference will be one of the best value conferences of the year.


Discussion forums

A great advantage of this conference is the ability to not only listen to the presentations, but ask questions of the presenter and discuss the the information delivered. This provides for a far better learning experience and contributes to the overall knowledge gained from the presentation. The discussion forums will remain open after the event, so you will get that burning question answered by the presenter or another expert in the field. .


Five keynote Presenters:

  • Ron Roberts – Veterinarians and Fish Health 1890-2015
  • Mohamed Faisal – Emergence and resurgence of the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus
  • Greg Lewbart – : Advances in Aquatic Invertebrate Medicine
  • Keith Davenport – The Social Economic Benefits for Wild Capture of Ornamental Fish
  • Simon Davies – Creating tomorrows robust fish through superior nutritional strategies

Other Presenters:

  • Devon Dublin – The importance of the Satoyama-Satoumi concept in the matrix of the One Health Initiative
  • Dave Scarfe – Current & Future Aquatic Veterinary Education to Support Aquatic Animal Producers/Industries
  • Jamie Lam – A literature review of Koi Herpesvirus: biosecurity and risk mitigation
  • Laura Urdes – The Role of Veterinary Education in Fostering Aquaculture DevelopmentMatt Metselaar – Veterinary Strategies for diseases of unknown cause or treatment
  • Nick Saint-Erne – Recirculating Filtration Systems in Ornamental Fish Aquaculture
  • Paul Schroeder – Refining the unrefinable? The perennial debate on applying animal welfare standards to fish husbandry and procedures
  • Richmond Loh – Biosecurity and new-fish protocol for pet koi
  • Rob Jones – Veterinary role in assisting aquariums to conserve the Grey Nurse shark (Carcharias taurus) in Australia
  • Stephanie Grimmett – The Eyes have It (ocular diseases)
  • Trista Welsh-Becker – An introduction to salmonid medicine and the veterinary feed directive
  • Willie Wildgoose – Buoyancy disorders of goldfish seen in veterinary practice

Other planned talks:

  • Dusan Palic – two part talk on Fish innate immunology and blood cell identification
  • Jena Questen – on KHV Vaccines use and experience
  • Chris Walster – 2 talks on animal health economics and one on welfare
  • Rod Wilson – Physiological effects of CO2 in RAS systems
  • and more!

And possibly replay some of the popular favourite topics:

  • An introduction to aquatic medicine
  • Water Quality 101
  • Common diseases in ornamental fish
  • Diseases of Dolphins

The keynote presentations were streamed live with live Q&A sessions. All other speakers were “on demand” during the conference and are available post-conference to those who have registered. Q&A’s for speaker talks and keynotes are online in “chat rooms.” This provides a unique opportunity to not only ask questions of speakers but also debate topics with your colleagues.





David Scarfe PhD, DVM, MRSSAf, CertAqV
WAVMA Secretary

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