26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, WAAVP 2017

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
Expected Delegates: 800 delegates
Date: 4-8 September 2017

We are now calling for Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission for Poster Presentation until its deadline on 30th June 2017

On behalf of Dr. Ramlan Mohamed and Dr Chandrawathani Pandchadcharam, we wishes to seek your organization’s generous assistance to make the Conference a success. Therefore, any kind of participations from your organization will be most appreciated. We are confident that it will be beneficial to your esteemed organization. Please find below links for your kind perusal:

  1. Online Registration: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/register.php
  2. Online Abstract Submission: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/abstract-submission.php
  3. Download Sponsorship Prospectus: http://www.waavp2017kl.org/download/WAAVP_Sponsorship_23032017.pdf

Please be informed that all Malaysian Society of the Parasitology & Tropical Medicine (MSPTM) members and Malaysian Delegates can register at a reduced registration fee. Kindly proceed to our Online Registration Portal in order to know more on the Special Registration Fee details.

Should you need further information regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us or you may logon to our website at http://www.waavp2017kl.org/.

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The National Aquarium is looking for a second Associate Veterinarian to join our team. Duties include providing active and preventative veterinary care of collection animals (invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and stranded marine mammals/sea turtles. Prior experience with cetacean medicine desired but not required. Expected to perform retrospective reviews of clinical records for both animal care and publication use. Leading role in clinical training of veterinary students and veterinary fellow.

Close date for application: June 5, 2017.

Essential Functions:

  • Medical care of all collection animals (invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals) and stranded marine mammals/sea turtles. Prior experience with cetacean medicine preferred.
  • Performs clinical exams on collection animals including interpretation of diagnostics and ability to review and interpret water quality. Performs gross necropsies, cytologies, and appropriate sample collection for all classes of animals.
  • Develops management and treatment plans for collection animals including the incorporation of water quality and life support system into medical plans.
  • Updates and maintains clear, concise, and detailed electronic medical records in a timely manner.
  • Provides on-call coverage for collection animals as well as stranded marine animals under the care of our Animal Rescue team.
  • Evaluates, monitors, and executes preventative medicine practices for all collection animals.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely pre-shipment testing for animal acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Updates protocols and implements appropriate animal quarantine.
  • Writes and implements Standard Operating Protocols as directed by supervisor.
  • Monitors disease trends in the collection and works collaboratively with husbandry managers to address emergent issues.
  • Monitors and analyzes current husbandry practices as they relate to disease prevention and develops collaborative solutions with husbandry staff.
  • Oversight of nutrition program as directed by the supervisor, including working collaboratively with husbandry staff on natural history reviews as it pertains to captive diet modifications.
  • Familiarity with principles and application of positive reinforcement operant training in a zoo/aquarium setting.
  • Maintains communication with all relevant personnel and promotes continuing education.
    Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Maintains regular rounds with all the husbandry departments.
  • Provides in-house lectures on zoonotic disease and other relevant topics to staff.
  • Fosters a team-based approach to animal care.
  • Provides feedback to the Director of Animal Health on possible ways to improve animal care, communications with other departments, and standard operating procedures.
  • Performs and supports retrospective research projects and case reviews.
  • Performs background research (including literature searches and discussions with primary investigators) in order to provide the best veterinary care to collection animals.
  • Oversees implementation of Veterinary Preceptorship program including: reviews student applications; ensures that documents are up-to-date (manual, quiz, checklist, projects); oversees daily clinical work of students and provides training in veterinary medicine; provides student evaluation feedback.

Qualification/Position Requirements

  • Veterinary Degree (DVM, VMD, or equivalent overseas degree) from an accredited university. If a graduate of a foreign school, must have a license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
  • Three years or more as a practicing clinician in a zoo or aquarium.
  • Maryland veterinary license within 3 months of starting.Ability to sign USDA Health Certificates for animal shipments within 3 months of starting.
  • Driver’s license for MD and ability to qualify to drive Aquarium vehicles.
  • Intermediate computer skills using MS Office; ability to learn and effectively use all proprietary Aquarium software.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include weekend and/or evening hours.
  • Ability to perform duties that may include walking or standing for extended periods, lifting…., climbing ladders, and working closely with others.

Desired

  • Completion of an internship in small or large animal medicine;
  • Completion of an internship and/or residency in aquatic/zoo animal medicine;
  • ACZM or ABVP board certified or eligible within 2 years.
  • Prior experience managing cetaceans in captivity.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM

Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture re-award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 35-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. It's Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action, and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY 

Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing HR@aqua.org.

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The Georgia Aquarium provides veterinary students the unique opportunity to gain experience in the field of aquatic animal medicine at one of the largest aquariums in the world. We are fortunate to have a nutritionist, full commissary staff, a water chemist, and team of veterinary and laboratory technicians.

There are three full-time clinical veterinarians and a veterinary resident. Through a partnership with the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, we have an established aquatic veterinary pathology program as well as a growing clinical partnership with the zoological medicine service. The Georgia Aquarium has a state of the art veterinary hospital with equipment comparable to that found at a teaching hospital or specialty practice.

Preceptorships/externships lasting a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks are available. Preference will be given to 3rd and 4th-year students, but all students may apply. Work hours are typically 7:30 – 5:00 but may vary depending on the medical needs of the collection. The work week will be Monday to Friday. However, students should be flexible if asked to work on their weekend days.

Low-cost housing may be available but should not be expected. Students should provide their own transportation to and from the aquarium. There is limited public transportation. A current tetanus vaccination and health insurance are required.

Students will spend time working in the commissary, water quality laboratory, diagnostic laboratory, quarantine, and will assist in performing necropsies as well as assisting with clinical cases. Individuals are expected to complete a research or special project and give a PowerPoint presentation during the last week of the preceptorship. We will provide both required and recommended reading lists intended to broaden the student’s knowledge base in aquatic animal husbandry and clinical care.

Our externship program runs September through June similar to the academic year. All materials must be submitted by October 1st of the preceding academic year, with decisions being made by October 31st. Applications for the academic year Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 are due by October 1, 2017.

There are some dates externships may not be available so please provide 3 different sets of dates.

Required application materials:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Curriculum vitae/resume
  3. Veterinary School transcript, electronic copy (unofficial is acceptable)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. 3 sets of available dates in order of preference

Submit to clinical@georgiaaquarium.org with “Vet Extern Program” in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to check that their information packet is complete. Your application will be reviewed by Dr. Alexa McDermott, Dr. Chelsea Anderson, and Dr. Tonya Clauss.  

For additional questions or inquiries, please e-mail: clinical@georgiaaquarium.org.

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Become a Sea Life Park Intern

Sea Life Park Hawai'i offers several types of unpaid internship opportunities near Honolulu, including Marine Mammal Care & Training, Seabird Care & Rehabilitation, Veterinary Technician, and Educator Experiences. We will be happy to work with your college or university to develop a program tied to your academic goals.  Our internships are ideal for students who love marine animals and want hands–on experience working with them. Our interns will also have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of animal training through a unique phase training program. All of our internships require our interns to participate in food preparation for the animals of the park, so applicants must be comfortable working with frozen fish.

Internship Opportunities

Aloha Experience
Aloha interns will get to work primarily with dolphins. These interns have the opportunity to assist with dolphin training, husbandry, interactive programs, and observe some of our younger dolphins learning new behaviors. If your main focus is dolphins and learning about guest interactions, this is the internship for you! 

Lagoon Experience
Dolphin Lagoon interns will work with dolphins and sea lions involved in our shows, exhibits, and interactive programs. These interns get to assist in training, husbandry, and interactive sessions with dolphins; as well as learn basic showmanship and show production skills during the daily Sea Life Park Hawai'i Dolphin Lagoon Show. Interns also assist in the daily training, care, and educational presentations with our sea lions and penguins.

Hawaiian Experience
Interns in the Hawaiian Experience get to assist with husbandry, training, and shows involving our dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Interns may also assist with basic husbandry of our Hawaiian monk seal, and help trainers during our sea lion interactive program. If you are interested in shows and have a love for sea lions this is the internship for you! 

Educator Experience
Education interns will work with our in-house and outreach education programs. In our classroom, interns have the opportunity to assist with program instruction and curriculum development at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Interns also participate in park activities, the development of educational and interactive displays, and community programs. This experience allows interns to participate in a wide variety of activities, as well as learn all of what Sea Life Park Hawaii has to offer.

Veterinary Technician Experience
Interns will work with a large variety of marine mammals, as well as penguins, sea turtles, reef fish, and seabirds. In our veterinary department, interns assist our staff with the husbandry and treatment of all animals housed in the park. Interns also help with lab procedures, sample processing, and record keeping. 

Wings Experience
Interns work with a large variety of healthy and rehabilitating seabirds. At our Seabird Sanctuary, interns assist in the husbandry and treatment of non-releasable species of seabirds. At our Seabird Rehabilitation Center, interns help our veterinary staff with seabird medical treatments, husbandry, and reintroduction into the wild.

Internship Program Candidate Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be enrolled in or have graduated from a university or college
  • Commit to the full internship time period
  • Be able to financially support her or himself (Internships are unpaid, but lunches are included daily).
  • Have strong swimming skills and be physically able to work in in-water interactive programs with marine mammals and other species
  • Be comfortable with public speaking
  • Be comfortable handling frozen fish

Accepted applicants must:

  • Attend all required seminars and training courses
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week (including nights and weekends)
  • Be able to lift 50lbs.

Applications Submissions

Application Packets must include:

  • Application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College transcript(s) – an unofficial copy is fine
  • Statement of interest: 
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of Interest: Please include a 1–2 page typed statement of interest that explains your reasons for applying, your background information, your interests, your academic and field related experiences, and your personal goals for the Sea Life Park Hawai'i internship.

Submission Instructions

To apply for a Sea Life Park Hawai'i Internship Program, download and complete the application below, attach all required materials, and mail to the address below or to: 
education@sealifeparkhawaii.com.

Download Internship application

Education Supervisor
Sea Life Park Hawai'i
41-202 Kalaniana'ole Highway #7
Waimanalo, Hawai'i 96795

Internship Availability Dates: August 8, 2017-January 9, 2018

Application Deadline: May 12, 2017

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The National Marine Mammal Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California, has a job opening for a full-time marine mammal veterinarian. The primary responsibilities of the veterinarian would be in direct support of the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, to include clinical case management of the Navy’s collection of bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.

NMMF’s clinical veterinary team includes a veterinary epidemiologist and has access to veterinary and human consultants in anesthesia, surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, urology, infectious disease, radiology, and interventional radiology. This position would be based primarily in San Diego but could travel up to 10 weeks a year offering veterinary support for satellite facilities and marine mammal deployments. Evening, weekend, and holiday on-call responsibilities are shared with the other San Diego clinical veterinarians.

Click here for more information.

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The Wildlife Disease Association's 2017 Annual International Conference will be held on July 23-28, 2017 at San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

For information regarding registration, lodging, travel and call for abstracts, use this link: http://www.kalaankab.org/  

The deadline for abstract submission is extended until April 14th.

An interactive map of lodging options in San Cristobal can be found at: http://www.kalaankab.org/travel.html.

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The American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) recognizes the burgeoning cost of veterinary education coupled with the fact that most veterinary schools do not provide training in aquatic veterinary medicine. Thus, the AAFV Student Scholarship Program has been established to assist veterinary students in their quest to increase their experience and training in aquatic veterinary medicine, specifically fish. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in aquatic programs, short courses, externships, conferences and presentations and research projects. The AAFV Executive Board and Student Scholarship Committee has set the amount for each scholarship at $500. The number of scholarships offered each year will be dependent on available funds. Scholarships will be presented once a calendar year and need to be used within one year of being awarded.

Eligibility for Scholarships:

  • AAFV Student Member, including those enrolled in graduate school, internships and residencies 
  • AAFV Member not more than 1 year after graduation
  • Previous recipients are not eligible
  • Recipients must also submit a written report about their experience to the AAFV Student Scholarship Committee within one month of completion of their experience.

Information Sheet
Application

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The University of Padova, through funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Courses. During the 3-year doctorate program, successful candidates are entitled to full board and lodging.

In this call, it is possible to propose a Ph.D. research program focused on marine mammals’ veterinary medicine and, more, in particular, anatomy, physiology, pathology and diseases. The possible candidate, if successful in the selection will work within the Italian Stranding Network, cooperating with the Mediterranean Marine Mammals Tissue Bank and the Cetaceans’ stranding Emergency Response Team (www.marinemammals.eu). 

If interested, all the information could be found on the following webpage: http://www.unipd.it/en/research/doctoral-degrees-phd-programmes/phd-programmes-calls-and-admissions selecting the Ph.D. Program in Veterinary Sciences - Research Topic Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (http://www.dottorato.veterinaria.unipd.it/)
 

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