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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Kathleen Hartman

Aquaculture Program Leader
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Kathleen Hartman is the Aquaculture Program Leader for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. Kathleen has been with USDA APHIS VS for over 13 years – first as an Aquaculture Epidemiologist and then as the Aquaculture Coordinator in Import/Export Services.   Kathleen is stationed in Ruskin, FL at the University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. She received a Masters from the University of Maryland (fish nutrition) and both a DVM and Ph.D. (aquatic animal pharmacokinetics) from Virginia Tech. She has a courtesy Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Florida in the Program of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. She has served on the Professional Standards Committee of the American Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section and has been a certified AFS FHS Aquatic Animal Health Inspector since 2008.  She is a current member and Director on the board of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and is a Past President of the U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS). Kathleen also writes a column for Aquaculture Magazine called “Health Highlights”. 


UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
1408 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL  33570 
813-671-5230 x119

Google Scholar Profile

  • Education

    Ph.D., Veterinary Science, Virginia Tech

    D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech

    M.S., Animal Science, University of Maryland at College Park

    B.A., English Creative Writing Major/Biology Minor, Sweet Briar College

  • Selected Research Publications

    Gustafson, L.L, M.D. Remmenga, I.A. Gardner, K.H. Hartman, L.H. Creekmore, A.E. Goodwin, J.E. Whaley, J.V. Warg, S.L. Gardner, and E. Scott. 2014. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia IVb status in the United States: inferences from surveillance activities and regional context. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 114(3/4):174-187.

    Crosby, T.C., J.E. Hill, K.H. Hartman, and R.P.E. Yanong2012Effects of metomidate hydrochloride sedation on blood glucose and marketability of transported threespot gourami, Trichogaster trichopterus.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 24(2):73-80.

    Crosby, T.C., B.D. Petty, H.J. Hamlin, L.J. Guillette, Jr., J.E. Hill, K.H. Hartman, and R.P.E. Yanong. 2010. Plasma cortisol, blood glucose, and marketability of koi transported with metomidate hydrochloride.  North American Journal of Aquaculture 72(2):141-149.

    Hartman, K.H. 2006.  Fish In: Guidelines for Euthanasia of Nondomestic Animals.  American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, pgs. 28-38.

    Hartman, K.H., R.P.E. Yanong, C. Harms and G. Lewbart.  2006. The future of training for aquatic animal health veterinarians.  Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 33(3):389-393.

    Hartman, K.H. and S. A. Smith. 2006. Pharmacokinetics of oxytetracycline in summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health (in review).

    Mowry, D.E., M.H. Schwarz, K.H. Hartman, M.L. Jahncke, and S.A. Smith. 2005. Efficacy of hydrogen peroxide in marine recirculating aquaculture systems holding summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus).  Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 17(1):65-75.

    Smith, S.A., K.P. Hughes, and D.J. Pasnik. 2003. New and old diseases of cultured yellow perch, Perca flavescens. Global Aquaculture Advocate, August:10-12.

    Hughes, K.P. and S.A. Smith. 2003. Common and emerging diseases in commercially cultured summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. Journal of Applied Aquaculture 14(3/4):163-178.

    Smith, S.A., K.P. Hughes and J. Luoma. 2002. Amoebic gill infestation in pallid sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus albus. European Bulletin of Fish Pathologists 22(6):401-403.

    Hughes, K. P., R.B. Duncan, Jr. and S.A. Smith. 2002. Renomegaly associated with a mycobacterial infection in summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. Fish Pathology 37(2):83-86.

    Hughes, K.P., R.B. Duncan, Jr. and S.A. Smith. 2002. Mass in oral cavity of cultured summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus. Lab Animal 31(3):25-27.

    Hughes, K. P. and J.H. Soares, Jr. 1998. Efficacy of phytase on phosphorus utilization by practical diets fed to striped bass, Morone saxatilis. Aquaculture Nutrition 4:133-140.

  • Selected Extension Publications

    Hartman, K.H., R.P.E. Yanong, D.B. Pouder, B.D. Petty, R. Francis-Floyd, and A.C. Riggs. 2013. Koi Herpesvirus Disease (KHVD). University of Florida/IFAS EDIS Publication VM149.