Make plans now to participate! The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) 51st Annual Meeting & Conference will be hosted by the Florida Aquarium, May 16-20, 2020 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

More Information Coming Soon!

  • Sponsorship details along with hotel rates and reservation information will be available at the end of August.

  • The call for abstracts and workshops will launch in early October.

  • Conference registration will open in December.


During the 2019 IAAAM Conference Business Meeting, you will be asked to vote for the following IAAAM Board positions:

  • President-Elect

  • Secretary

  • Board Member for Communication

Below are biographies for the nominees:


Michael B. Briggs DVM, MS - Dr. Briggs is a long-time zoo, aquaria, and wildlife veterinarian who graduated from Washington State University with his DVM and also with an MS. Since then, he has devoted his career to work with both captive and free-ranging species. He has worked as a staff veterinarian with Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, as well as associate veterinarian at Chicago Zoological Society for many years. Since 2004 he left the classic zoo world and expanded his burgeoning international consulting business and started Global Veterinary Consultancy. He also, with his wife Beth, started an NGO to do research on free ranging African carnivore called the African Predator Conservation Research Organization and held the position of CEO and Principal Investigator.

He has consulted previously or is still consulting in China, Singapore, the Philippine Islands, Portugal, Mexico, USA, Myanmar, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. He has extensive experience in a variety of marine mammals, birds and elasmobranchs. He has dedicated his entire professional life to the survival of threatened and endangered species, on the big scale, and the individual clinical care from the consulting and zoo medicine side. He has been an IAAAM member since 1992 and been to all but 2 IAAAM annual conferences. He is true believer in the goals of the organization and excited about the possibility of continuing them forward.


Eric T. Anderson DVM, DACZM - Dr. Anderson is the Director of Animal Health with OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona.   He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, and following two internships, completed a residency in Zoo and Aquatic Animal Medicine at North Carolina State University.  He became board certified in Zoological Medicine in 2012.  As the Director of Animal Health, he is responsible for the preventative health care program and clinical case management for all animals housed by OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland.  He has been involved with animal education, care and health for over 20 years, including wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, research, and conservation efforts across the United States and the Bahamas.

Cara Field, DVM PhD, DACZM - Dr. Cara Field has been the Staff Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California since 2014. Her primary roles include the care of approximately 800+ stranded marine mammal patients annually, conducting and assisting with numerous research projects, and teaching the veterinary intern as well as dozens of veterinary residents, international vets, students, and other visitors who come to TMMC each year to learn about marine mammal medicine and health. Dr. Field completed the dual DVM/Ph.D degree program at the University of California Davis in 2005, where she studied the effects of high pressure on blood platelets from elephant seals. In 2006 she began working at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut for three years as a post-doctoral researcher studying marine mammal brucellosis, and was subsequently the intern veterinarian there. She then worked in New Orleans as Associate Veterinarian at the Audubon Nature Institute, serving as the primary vet for the Audubon Aquarium and Stranding Program which was heavily involved in oiled aquatic animal response due to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. She also worked in depth with the zoological caseload at Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species. Dr. Field then accepted a position as Associate Veterinarian at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, one of the largest aquariums in the world, for several years before moving back to California to work at TMMC. She became a Diplomate of the College of Zoological Medicine with specialty in Aquatic Animals in 2018.


Julie M. Cavin, DVM - Julie M Cavin is the Senior Veterinarian at Gulf World Marine Park (GWMP) in Panama City Beach, Florida which is part of the Dolphin Discovery group which includes over 20 marine parks in 3 continents. She oversees the care of the diverse GWMP collection along with bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Connection in Duck Key, FL, another Dolphin Discovery park. She is also the senior vet for Gulf World Marine Institute which rehabilitates sea turtles and cetaceans and is the back-up consulting veterinarian for Living Exhibits. Prior to her current position, Julie received her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University and completed a two-year internship at the Georgia Aquarium. She was then a veterinarian at the New England Aquarium for nearly eight years and South Carolina aquarium for almost one year. During her career, she has authored or co-authored numerous publications and lectured at Cummings Vet School at Tufts University, Aquavet, and Marvet as well as national and international conferences. She has been an active member of IAAAM since 2007, presented several times, and assisted with reviewing abstracts and student presentations.

“IAAAM is one of the most well-known and well-respected associations for aquatic veterinarians. I try to attend the meetings each year and am grateful for the connections and friendships that I have formed through this organization. I have a personal understanding of how important it is for every member to feel that their voices are heard and am honored to have been nominated for the position of Communications Advisor.”
Jule Cavin, DVM


IAAAM is now accepting dues payments for 2019 Membership. If you were a member of IAAAM in 2017 or 2018, you can renew your membership on our 2019 Membership Dues Page.

If you are a new member or have let your membership lapse, you will need to apply for membership by

  1. Filling out a new member form at

  2. Paying dues at

  3. For full membership, you are also required to submit a current CV or Resume to and have a current full IAAAM member serve as your sponsor. They can send word to our membership chair at

  4. For student membership, you will need to provide proof of student status by having a school official, internship director, or appropriate individual send a message to our membership chair at


The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) recognizes a continuing need for the funding of research projects focused on aquatic animal medicine. IAAAM also recognizes the value and importance for students to gain solid scientific research training. To help fill these needs and to further promote involvement of students in aquatic animal medicine, the IAAAM has established the Medway Scholarship Program designed to support research experiences for students interested in pursuing careers in aquatic animal medicine.

The program is primarily intended for undergraduate, veterinary, and graduate students without stipends or other sources of funding. The purpose of the scholarship is to partially support the student for research experiences beyond that which they might experience with normal undergraduate classwork or a graduate/veterinary curriculum.

Click here for more information about the Medway Scholarship.

Click here for a copy of the Medway Scholarship Application.


The AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee (CPAC) makes recommendations to the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (COBTA) which takes the recommendations to the AVMA for consideration or action. I am on the CPAC representing zoos, aquariums, and wildlife, so I'd like you to contact me if you have any issues you think the AVMA should be reviewing. Examples would be the availability of necessary medications or regulations that make doing your job difficult (if you think the AVMA could do something about it).



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 Ridgway. IAAAM want to acknowledge Dr. Ridgway's hard work and dedication which was instrumental in developing the field of aquatic animal medicine.

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


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