About the Congress

Sustainability


 This will be an excellent opportunity for our members and any others with an interest in aquatic veterinary medicine, both veterinarians and students to contribute, participate and comment on talks provided not only by world recognised specialists but also from those who have data or information they would like to share to a wider audience from students upwards. Each talk will include a KSA (Knowledge, Skills Assessment) through a short multiple choice quiz ensuring the time spent will contribute to necessary CPD and can be used towards gaining WAVMA’s CertAqV, which provides recognition to clients that an awardee has demonstrated “day-one competency” in aquatic veterinary medicine. 


Aquaculture has expanded over the last decade at nearly 10% per year, whilst ornamental fish clients demand better services from their veterinary surgeon, along with greater awareness of the need to protect our natural world. The career pathways to follow in aquatic veterinary medicine have never been so many. But how do you get involved in the world of aquatic medicine, how do you ensure your knowledge on aquatic matters is at the forefront? This conference provides 20 plus hours of presentations from leaders in their field and veterinarians involved in the practice of veterinary medicine. There is plenty of knowledge on offer for those just beginning their career to those who want to keep abreast of current knowledge. All from the comfort of your own armchair at a time convenient to you.

 

The WAVMA Virtual Conference is aimed at students, practitioners and researchers. The theme is “veterinary approaches to sustainability” – how we provide for our current needs whilst ensuring resources are still available in the future. Aquaculture is essential to providing high quality and safe protein for an increasing population. Ornamental fish provide a hobby, companionship and support the well-being of indigenous people through trade potentially protecting the natural environment. Veterinarians are involved in researching and addressing the impacts of emerging disease in marine and freshwater wildlife. By looking at sustainability the conference can cover areas as diverse as nutrition through to contentious issues such as antimicrobial resistance whilst also allowing discussion of basic clinical approaches, surveillance and monitoring. Through watching and discussing through Q&A’s and forums you will be able to gain an insight in to the wonderful world of aquatic veterinary medicine and its diversity, understand current techniques and be aware of emerging issues.


Lectures and Keynote speakers will be amongst the following:


Nutrition - Simon Davies sdavies@harper-adams.ac.uk 

Simon is a professor at Harper Adams and formally at Plymouth University. He is well recognised within the aquaculture community.

 

Wildlife/surveillance - Mohamed Faisal faisal@cvm.msu.edu  plus Lori Gustafson

Mohamed is a professor at Michigan State Vet School. He has worked on numerous viral diseases of fish. Provides courses for US Fish & Wildlife officials, is connect to the Egyptian government, worked for several years in Europe and again very widely recognised for his work most recently for controlling diseases in wild fish in the Great Lakes. 

Lori Gustafson is an epidemiologist and I think works for APHIS in the US. From an aquatics perspective is probably one of the top five epidemiologists adn an excellent communicator.

                            

Invertebrates – Greg Lewbart greg_lewbart@ncsu.edu  

Greg is a professor of aquatic veterinary medicine at North Carolina State. He has written several books and a leader in numerous areas of aquatic veterinary medicine. His current passion is with invertebrate medicine which is an expanding field.

Welfare – Keith Davenport keith@ornamentalfish.org 

Keith has been head of the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association in the UK since around 1990. He has probably saved the industry hundreds of thousands of pounds and demonstrated through various OATA guidelines that the ornamental industry is often ahead of the profession in terms of animal welfare. The most recent research OATA ash funded is looking at the animal and human welfare aspects of live marine ornamental fish capture and it is this I want him to talk on - kind of a one health approach.

History – Ron Roberts heronpisces@btinternet.com 

Ron started veterinary involvement in aquaculture back in 1967. A pathologist by trade he established the world renowned Institute of Aquaculture Stirling and is the author or co-author of numerous textbooks. Works for the EFSA as a consultant.

FAO -  Fish Outlook 2015-2024 and 2030 Stefania.Vannuccini@fao.org

Stefania works for the FAO and is involved in collating statistics on wild fish and aquaculture.

 This will be an excellent opportunity for our members and any others with an interest in aquatic veterinary medicine, both veterinarians and students to contribute, participate and comment on talks provided not only by world recognised specialists but also from those who have data or information they would like to share to a wider audience from students upwards. Each talk will include a KSA (Knowledge, Skills Assessment) through a short multiple choice quiz ensuring the time spent will contribute to necessary CPD and can be used towards gaining WAVMA’s CertAqV, which provides recognition to clients that an awardee has demonstrated “day-one competency” in aquatic veterinary medicine. 


Aquaculture has expanded over the last decade at nearly 10% per year, whilst ornamental fish clients demand better services from their veterinary surgeon, along with greater awareness of the need to protect our natural world. The career pathways to follow in aquatic veterinary medicine have never been so many. But how do you get involved in the world of aquatic medicine, how do you ensure your knowledge on aquatic matters is at the forefront? This conference provides 20 plus hours of presentations from leaders in their field and veterinarians involved in the practice of veterinary medicine. There is plenty of knowledge on offer for those just beginning their career to those who want to keep abreast of current knowledge. All from the comfort of your own armchair at a time convenient to you.

 

The WAVMA Virtual Conference is aimed at students, practitioners and researchers. The theme is “veterinary approaches to sustainability” – how we provide for our current needs whilst ensuring resources are still available in the future. Aquaculture is essential to providing high quality and safe protein for an increasing population. Ornamental fish provide a hobby, companionship and support the well-being of indigenous people through trade potentially protecting the natural environment. Veterinarians are involved in researching and addressing the impacts of emerging disease in marine and freshwater wildlife. By looking at sustainability the conference can cover areas as diverse as nutrition through to contentious issues such as antimicrobial resistance whilst also allowing discussion of basic clinical approaches, surveillance and monitoring. Through watching and discussing through Q&A’s and forums you will be able to gain an insight in to the wonderful world of aquatic veterinary medicine and its diversity, understand current techniques and be aware of emerging issues.


Lectures and Keynote speakers will be amongst the following:


Nutrition - Simon Davies sdavies@harper-adams.ac.uk 

Simon is a professor at Harper Adams and formally at Plymouth University. He is well recognised within the aquaculture community.

 

Wildlife/surveillance - Mohamed Faisal faisal@cvm.msu.edu  plus Lori Gustafson

Mohamed is a professor at Michigan State Vet School. He has worked on numerous viral diseases of fish. Provides courses for US Fish & Wildlife officials, is connect to the Egyptian government, worked for several years in Europe and again very widely recognised for his work most recently for controlling diseases in wild fish in the Great Lakes. 

Lori Gustafson is an epidemiologist and I think works for APHIS in the US. From an aquatics perspective is probably one of the top five epidemiologists adn an excellent communicator.

                            

Invertebrates – Greg Lewbart greg_lewbart@ncsu.edu  

Greg is a professor of aquatic veterinary medicine at North Carolina State. He has written several books and a leader in numerous areas of aquatic veterinary medicine. His current passion is with invertebrate medicine which is an expanding field.

Welfare – Keith Davenport keith@ornamentalfish.org 

Keith has been head of the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association in the UK since around 1990. He has probably saved the industry hundreds of thousands of pounds and demonstrated through various OATA guidelines that the ornamental industry is often ahead of the profession in terms of animal welfare. The most recent research OATA ash funded is looking at the animal and human welfare aspects of live marine ornamental fish capture and it is this I want him to talk on - kind of a one health approach.

History – Ron Roberts heronpisces@btinternet.com 

Ron started veterinary involvement in aquaculture back in 1967. A pathologist by trade he established the world renowned Institute of Aquaculture Stirling and is the author or co-author of numerous textbooks. Works for the EFSA as a consultant.

FAO -  Fish Outlook 2015-2024 and 2030 Stefania.Vannuccini@fao.org

Stefania works for the FAO and is involved in collating statistics on wild fish and aquaculture.