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2018 IAAAM Meeting and Conference
May 19 - 23, 2018
Renaissance Long Beach in Long Beach, California


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



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, The 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.

The Sam Rigway Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aquatic Animal Medicine

In 2018, the IAAAM Board voted to create a Lifetime Achievement Award for Aquatic Animal Medicine and to name this award for the inaugral receipient, Sam Rigway. IAAAM want to acknowledge Dr. Rigway's hard work and dedication which was instrumental in developing the field of aquatic animal medicine.

Aquatic Mammals Journal video of Dr. Rigway discussing the history of his work with marine mammals.