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Aquatic Animal Health

The University of Florida has a very active aquatic animal health program that is a collaborative effort between the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (School of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) and the Biology Department (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). Partnerships with federal and state agencies, and other public and private aquatic institutions throughout the state further enhance the scope of the program, including USGS, USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, SeaWorld, the Florida Aquarium, and commercial aquaculture facilities, just to name a few. Florida’s unique and diverse ecosystems, and broad academic programs, create a unique opportunity for veterinary students to receive specialized and directed training within the veterinary curriculum. The purpose of this certificate program is to identify and recognize veterinary students with an interest in aquatic animal health and provide guidance to them during their veterinary studies to help them develop a knowledge base in this specialty. We offer courses both on-campus as well as online graduate-level courses.

For More information on the Aquatics Program please visit our website:

Please note: A full, detailed list of elective courses for the Aquatic Animal Health Program can be found on pages 18-21 of the student handbook.

Contact Information:

Dr. Iske V. Larkin – Faculty Profile Lecturer & Educational Coordinator

Dr. Micheal Walsh – Faculty Profile Clinical Associate Professor & Co-Director of Aquatic Animal Health Program

Dr. Thomas Waltzek – Faculty Profile Assistant Professor & Co-Director of Aquatic Animal Health Program