New Murdoch University WAVMA Student Chapter Committee!

We would like to welcome our new WAVMA student chapter committee!

President: Karen Holmes

Vice President: Lex Quah

Treasurer: Jacqui Morgan

Secretary: Zien Tay

Events Coordinators:

•Cheryl Tan

Jonathan Hoong

Huang Po Jiun

The committee looks forward to having you join the exciting events that we have planned this year!

Don’t forget to drop by the stand on sign-up day, Friday 2nd of March!

For more information, email:


Mysterious massive aquatic animal die-offs in NSW – prequel to KHV release?

If we were to release the koi herpes virus (KHV), and not address the underlying issues (water use, pollution…)…

The Hawkesbury River is now uninhabitable!

I wonder if there’ll be hordes of volunteers helping with the clean up.

Watch the stench here –

Two job opportunities for aquatic veterinarians in Australia.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has two vacancies for Science Managers in the Animal Biosecurity Branch.

The Jobs:
Science Manager, Prawn Unit and

● Science Manager, Marine Pests Unit.

Job Ref – 2017/1517 *Executive Level 2 (Science) – $117,082 – $136,015


*Canberra, A.C.T – 7 London Circuit. Canberra City ACT 2600 *Contact Officer: Peter Stoutjesdijk (02) 6272 4067.

Further information can be found on the department’s website:

Follow link.

8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health

Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society will be hosting the 8th International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health


Here is the website

The registration and abstract submission process is

now open.


Here is the website

The registration and abstract submission process is

now open.

The registration and abstract submission process is

now open.

Here is the website

The registration and abstract submission process is

now open.

The registration and abstract submission process is

now open.

now open.

The meeting will host over 3 days of aquatic veterinary continuing education, for which participating vets can get credits.

Some of this CE will be in the form of Workshops on Sunday Sept 2nd and some will be offered through the WAVMA and AAFV, both of these

organization are participating in the ISAAH.

What does the Murray-Darling Basin Authority have to say about rejuvenation of the system? Is KHV the solution?

Evaluations by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) show the native fish populations improving for the first time in 150 years! Actions by recreational fishers to abide by bag and size limits has been identified as one aspect helping the health of native fish populations (read ABC article).

What are have the MDBA identified as major threats?

MDBA treats

With regards to alien species, which are they?

In 2016 the Australian Government announced plans to release the virus into the Murray-Darling basin in an attempt to control carp populations in the water system.

A $15 million project is underway to plan and prepare to release the carp herpes virus as early as 2019.

Even if one single alien species (carp) were eradicated, what do we need to do, to address other threats, and get native species breeding again? Can any of the other numerous alien species take over?

Tables sourced from –

Canadian Aquaculture Institute (UPEI), Aquatic Lab Animal Health, Husbandry and Medicine Workshops

Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The Introductory workshop (Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals) will be held on Monday May 14 – Tuesday May 15, and the Advanced workshop (Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry) on Wednesday May 16 – Thursday 17, 2018. Participants can register for one or both of the workshops, which will include both lectures and hands-on laboratories.

The Introductory workshop will include lectures on:

  • CCAC Guidlines,

  • Pain Assessment in Fish,

  • Fresh Water Systems,

  • Laboratory Based Biosecurity and Experimental Design,

  • Zebrafish/Aquarium Systems and

  • General Pathology of Laboratory Fish.

The laboratory will include:

  • Clinical Examination, Anaesthesia and Blood Sampling,

  • Water Quality Examination and Troubleshooting,

  • Aquatic Facility Design and

  • Fish Necropsy, Diagnostics and Sample Submission.

The Advanced workshop will include lectures on:

  • Salt Water System and Maintenance and Water Quality,

  • Small Fish Nutrition,

  • Artemia as a Feed Source,

  • Advanced Fish Pathology,

  • Aquatic Wildlife Research Methodology and

  • Field Based Biosecurity,

The laboratory will include:

  • Surgery in Fish,

  • Clinical Radiology and Ultrasonography of Fish,

  • Tank side Diagnostic Techniques and

  • Disease Treatment Methods in Laboratory Aquatic Systems.

Please register early as there are limited seats available. Registration deadline is March 1, 2018.

For further information and registration, please see

or contact Dr. Jonathan Spears (

Faculty position in Aquatic Animal Health – Michigan State University

Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty in Aquatic Animal Health

Position:The Departments of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) invite applications for tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have an active research program investigating the pathogenesis and mechanisms of disease within an aquatic host organism, especially focusing on emerging infectious diseases in fish or other aquatic wildlife.

The appointment is expected to be at the rank of assistant or associate professor, but applicants with established research portfolios will be considered.

Early detection and control of animal pathogens in aquatic systems is vital to address the growing demands of aquaculture. The CVM, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), and the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory have been national leaders in using traditional and molecular diagnostics to identify, characterize, and control pathogens and the environmental conditions that may lead to disease emergence and re-emergence. The Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation has an internationally recognized infectious diseases research program, with active projects involving animal models of infectious diseases, vaccine development, and investigation of microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, and impact of microbiome/metagenomics in diseases. The successful candidate is expected to interact and collaborate with these existing programs while initiating new research programs with significant economic impact on the aquatic environment.

Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the position will be to establish and fund an internationally recognized research program that complements the existing expertise within infectious diseases programs at the CVM, CANR, and Michigan State University. There will also be opportunities to teach in professional (DVM) and graduate (MS, PhD) courses, train residents in pathology and other related fields, and mentor graduate students where a strong appreciation of diversity in our field is expected. Outreach to wildlife managers, aquaculturists, and public health experts will also be important. For more information about the College and Department, please visit

Required Qualifications: A PhD related to the life sciences, a DVM or equivalent, and a strong record of research funding and publications are required.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with board certification are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications: Application and all related documents must be submitted at  posting # 486151. Applications will be accepted and reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled. Interested individuals should electronically complete an application, submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a letter of intent outlining academic record and career goals, and names and contact information of three professional references. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Dalen Agnew, Associate Professor, (; 517-432-5806).


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DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
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