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Aquaculture Medicine Training Fellowships

Aquaculture is an important component of global animal production and, like all animal agriculture operations, faces health management challenges.  Veterinarians provide many services to aquaculture operations by addressing site-specific herd health needs, biosecurity recommendations, disease surveillance and testing, medications, and health certifications for trade.

Viral testing (349 x 182)In the U.S., commercial aquaculture needs more production animal veterinarians ready to work in rural communities where agriculture, including aquaculture, exists.  Success of these private, rural veterinary practices often requires a business model that includes diversification of veterinary expertise beyond traditional farm species (i.e., ruminants, poultry, swine, and equine).

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

To address the veterinary needs of underserved aquaculture producers in rural America, the University of Florida/IFAS in cooperation with USDA APHIS Veterinary Services is offering eight (8) fellowships for a two-year training program in aquatic animal health and aquaculture production medicine.  The fellowships are funded by USDA NIFA Grant 2017-70024-27330.

Tuition and related educational expenses are provided, and a stipend of $5000 per participant will be paid upon successful completion of each year of training.  Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process conducted in early 2018.  Successful applicants will begin training in August 2018.  Funds for this grant have been designed for recent veterinary graduates beginning or developing a clinical practice in a rural area focused on agricultural animal production.

Application Information
Recent (≤ 5 years) veterinary graduates working in rural areas may apply by submitting an application consisting of:
  • A written statement of interest in working with aquaculture producers, including a statement of commitment to continued interest after the end of the fellowship
  • Three (3) professional references
  • Documented verification of state veterinary license and USDA accreditation as a category II practitioner.

Preference will be given to applicants submitting at least one letter of reference from an aquaculture facility.

Submit applications to:
Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd, Extension Veterinarian
University of Florida/IFAS
rffloyd@ufl.edu
386-643-8904

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 1, 2018

Notification by:  July 1, 2018

Curriculum

Training, comprised of online and field instruction, includes implementation of the NAA/USDA Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) for clients. 

Investigators & Collaborators

 


Headshot of Carole Engle

Carole Engle
Engle-Stone Aquatic$ LLC

   

Ruth Francis-Floyd
University of Florida/IFAS

                                             
Lori Gustafson (150x180)

Lori Gustafson
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

   
Kathleen Hartman

Kathleen Hartman
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

   
Katharine Starzel

Katharine Starzel
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

   

Craig Watson
University of Florida/IFAS

   
Roy Yanong

Roy Yanong
University of Florida/IFAS

   
Resources

For more information:

Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd, Extension Veterinarian
University of Florida/IFAS
rffloyd@ufl.edu
386-643-8904