2018 IAAAM Meeting and Conference

May 19 - 23, 2018

Renaissance Long Beach in Long Beach, California

On behalf of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), and the 2018 host, Aquarium of the Pacific, we invite you to save the date for the 49th Annual Meeting & Conference.  The 2018 event will be held May 19 - 23 at the Renaissance Long Beach in Long Beach, California.  Details are still being planned and will be posted to www.iaaam.org once finalized. 

Here is what is now available:


Many exciting and marketable options are available for sponsorship.   The Sponsorship Brochure is available on the website. Please consider if you, or your institution, or a partnering business of yours might be willing to support us.   If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Sacha Stevenson at sacha.stevenson@nmmpfoundation.org.


We are now collecting abstract submissions for presentations and posters.  The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018.  Complete details including formatting instructions, sample abstract, and online submission portal can be found at www.iaaam.org.


The Renaissance Long Beach is offering two rates for attendees: $150 for students (a valid student ID will be required at check in) and $199 for general attendees.  Located a half-mile from the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Renaissance sits in the heart of Long Beach.  A variety of restaurants and shops are just steps outside the door, and the famous white sandy beach is a short 10-minute walk.  The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is an approximate 30 minutes’ drive, and the Long Beach Airport servicing regional destinations is only 15 minutes away.

To make your hotel reservation online, please click here: https://aws.passkey.com/go/IAAAM2018 .   Reservations can also be made by phone at 1-888-236-2427 and mentioning IAAAM 2018.  The discounted rates are available until Friday, April 27, 2018 or rooms are sold out.


We are working with Karmel Shuttle Service who has set us up with discounted transportation to and from the airport and hotel. The following are agreed prices depending on what airport you will be coming in from.

Shared Van/ One-way Rates are as follows (rates are subject to change):

  • LAX-Long Beach Hotel: $21
  • LGB- Long Beach Hotel: $22
  • SNA- Long Beach Hotel: $25

Karmel Shuttle Service! Reservations are required, but quick and easy! Click on this link to manage your transportation to and from your Hotel!


Please note that this is still in draft form and is subject to change.

Saturday, May 19

  • 8:00am – 5:00pm    Conference Registration
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm    Pre-Conference Workshops
  • 9:00pm – 4:00pm    Board Meeting
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm    Sponsor & Exhibitor Set-up
  • 7:00pm – 11:00pm    Icebreaker Event aboard the Queen Mary (transportation provided)

Sunday, May 20

  • 7:00am – 5:00pm    Sponsor & Exhibit Showcase
  • 7:00am – 7:00pm    Conference Registration
  • 8:00am – 8:15am    Welcome
  • 8:15am – 8:45am    Keynote Speaker: Chris Lowe
  • 8:45am – 9:15am    Keynote Speaker: Melissa Newman
  • 9:15am – 10:15am    Keynote Speaker: Sam Ridgeway
  • 10:15am – 10:30am    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm   Scientific Session 1:  Microbiology (Session Chair: Jenna Wallace)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm    Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm    Scientific Session 2:  Otters (Session Chair: Jillian Schwartz)
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm    Scientific Session 3: Marine Mammals (Session Chair: Natalie Noll)
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm    Student Event

Monday, May 21

  • 7:00am – 7:00pm    Conference Registration
  • 7:00am – 5:00pm    Sponsor & Exhibitor Showcase
  • 8:00am – 10:00am    Conference Session 4:  Imaging and Advanced Techniques (Session Chair: Beth Doescher)
  • 10:00am – 10:30am    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 10:30am  – 12:00pm    Conference Session 5:  Large Whales and Vaquita (Session Chair: Jenny Meegan)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm    Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm    Conference Session 6:  Stranding (Session Chair: Jo Fava)
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm    Conference Session 7:  Pathology (Session Chair: Pam Tuomi)
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm    Poster Session (Session Chair: Sacha Stevenson)

Tuesday, May 22

  • 7:00am – 4:00pm    Conference Registration
  • 7:00am – 12:00pm    Sponsor & Exhibitor Showcase
  • 8:00am – 10:00am    Conference Session 8: Anesthesia and Pharmacology  (Session Chair: Eric Anderson)
  • 10:00am – 10:15am    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 10:15am – 11:45am    Conference Session 9: Immunology and Toxicology (Session Chair: Hendrik Nollens)
  • 11:45am – 1:00pm    Board Meeting
  • 11:45am – 6:00pm    Afternoon on Own
  • 6:00pm – 9:30pm     Auction and Dinner at the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm    Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm     Dinner & Silent Auction
  • 8:00pm                 Live Auction

Wednesday, May 23

  • 8:00am – 6:00pm    Conference Registration
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm    Sponsor & Exhibitor Showcase
  • 8:00am – 10:00am     Conference Session 10:  Case Reports (Session Chair: Michelle Crosetto Admire)
  • 10:00am – 10:30am    Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm    Conference Session 11: Avian and invertebrates (Session Chair: Leigh Clayton)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm    Lunch Break
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm    Conference Session 12: Turtles and Fish 1 (Session Chair: Greg Lewbart)
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm    Break
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm    Conference Session 13: Fish 2 (Session Chair: Lisa Murphy)
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm    Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00pm – Midnight    Banquet and Awards



This year, the Student Event will be a launch party and book signing for the third edition of the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine.  IAAAM has made arrangements with the publishing company to offer the book at a discounted rate for students.  Any non-student attendees are welcome to purchase the book for the standard retail price.  Pre-orders will be taken during your conference registration process, and a limited number of copies will be available for sale at the conference.  All books will be available for pick up and sale at the conference registration desk.  

About the Book:

For three decades, this book has been acknowledged as the most respected scientific reference specifically devoted to marine mammal medicine and health. Written by approximately 100 contributors who are recognized globally as leaders in their respective fields, the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Third Edition continues to serve as the essential guide for all practitioners involved with marine mammals including veterinarians, technicians, biological researchers, students, managers, keepers, curators, and trainers. The 45 chapters provide essential information for the practitioner on pathology, infectious diseases, medical treatment, anesthesia, surgery, husbandry, health assessment, species-specific medicine, medically pertinent anatomy and physiology, and global health concerns such as strandings, oil spills, and entanglements of marine mammals.

The book guides the reader through the veterinary care of cetaceans, pinnipeds, manatees, sea otters, and polar bears. In addition to summaries of current knowledge, chapters provide information on those digital resources and websites which present the latest information as it emerges in the field. The CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Third Edition gives a call to action for scientists to experiment with new endeavors to engage and inspire current and future generations to care for marine mammals and the marine environment, and work together to find solutions. As the most trusted reference for marine mammal conservation medicine and for marine mammal medical facilities around the world, this book needs to be in your library.

Conference registration NOW OPEN
.  Your registration fee includes: admission to all scientific sessions and evening events, online access to the full Conference Proceedings starting 1 week before the meeting, snacks provided during the morning and afternoon breaks, and a conference giveaway.  

Back by popular demand - meal package options for breakfast and lunch!  The breakfast and lunch packages include catered meals during the dates of the conference, and will be provided in the Renaissance Conference Center.  The Renaissance has a restaurant and also a Starbucks located in the hotel lobby, and there are numerous restaurants and cafes within walking distance. 

Guest Registration will also be available, and provides access to all evening events and a giveaway.  Meal packages and additional tickets for individual evening events can be purchased as well.  

Pre-Conference Workshops will be announced in early February and will be available at an additional cost.


  • Full Registration
    • Member: $425
    • Non-Member: $525
    • After May 10: +$100
  • Student Full Registration
    • Member: $175
    • Non-Member: $225
    • After May 10: +$100
  • Vet Tech
    • Member: $275
    • Non-Member: $350
    • After May 10: +$100
  • Guest Adult: $275
  • Guest Child (4-13): $175
  • Guest Child (3 & under): FREE
  • One Day Registration: $175


  • Breakfast Package (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
    • Adult: $125
    • Child: $75
  • Lunch Package (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday)
    • Adult: $125
    • Child: $75
  • Breakfast + Lunch Package
    • Adult: $250
    • Child: $150
  • Meal Packages for Children 3 - under: FREE

Click here to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/5tqxdn/4W.