The Gulf States Consortium of Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Florida offers a four-week aquatic animal pathobiology course, AQUAMED, every other year in even-numbered years. The next course will be held from June 7July 2, 2010. The objective of AQUAMED is to impart an understanding of health management techniques and pathological processes relating to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of important aquatic animal diseases. Ornamental fish, commercially important fin fish, and shellfish will be emphasized. An overview of reptiles, marine mammals, and aquatic laboratory animals will be presented. Nationally and internationally recognized individuals will present topics relating to culture, maintenance, and health care of aquatic animals. Class size will be limited in order to allow maximum hands-on activities. Weeks 1, 2, and 4 will be held at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Week 3 will be conducted at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) facility in Cocodrie, LA.
LABORATORIES AND FIELD TRIPS
The laboratory portion of the course will emphasize hands on, case-based learning experiences designed to give the student an understanding of the integrated nature of aquatic animal health problems. Environmental conditions and management procedures will be evaluated in relation to necropsy findings in order to make effective prevention and control decisions.
Lecture and laboratory material will be reinforced with a series of field trips to commercial facilities, where integrated health management will be observed and discussed in real world situations. A behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans will familiarize the students with the workings of a large commercial aquarium. In addition, collecting trips will be made in the Louisiana marsh at the LUMCON facility to obtain specimens for parasitic evaluation.
The course fee includes lodging for all four weeks, transportation for course related trips, course materials, class photo, AQUAMED t-shirt, and the AQUAMED 2010 Course Manual. Lodging at LSU is provided in an on campus apartment with private bedrooms and kitchen facilities. Lodging at LUMCON for the third week is provided in an air-conditioned dormitory and meals at LUMCON are included in the registration fee. Participants are responsible for their own meals during the other weeks of the course and are invited to sample our exceptional Louisiana cuisine. Travel for field trips and to LUMCON is included in the course fee.
To register, download and print the application form, fill it out, and mail with the required deposit, to:
MEETING LOCATION AND TRAVEL
If you fly into Baton Rouge Metro Airport, transportation from the airport to campus will be provided. Detailed travel information will be sent to all students accepted for the course, including arrival and departure information. Participants opting to fly into New Orleans are responsible for their own transportation to Baton Rouge.
FACULTY (subject to change)
Dr. Al Camus, University of Georgia
Dr. Ed Chesney, LUMCON
Dr. Connie Chevis, Marine Life Oceanarium
Dr. Andy Goodwin, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Dr. Larry Hanson, Mississippi State University
Dr. John Hawke, Louisiana State University
Dr. Dan Hillmann, Louisiana State University
Dr. Kevin Kleinow, Louisiana State University
Dr. Greg Lewbart, North Carolina State University
Dr. Greg Lutz, Louisiana State University
Dr. Hugh Mitchell, Aquatic NW Veterinary Services
Dr. Javier Nevarez, Louisiana State University
Dr. Joe Newton, Auburn University
Dr. Linda Pote, Mississippi State University
Dr. Robert Romaire, Louisiana State University
Dr. Ronald Thune, Louisiana State University
Dr. Ray Wilhite, Auburn University
Dr. Wolfgang Vobelbein, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE Subject to change
Week 1. June 7-11
Week 2. June 14-18
Week 3. June 21-25
Travel to LUMCON, Cocodrie, Louisiana
Week 4. June 28-July 2
since 9 October 2007