The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine is now accepting dues for the the 2020 membership year. Dues remain the same as last year and include membership through December 31, 2020. Don’t forget that being a member of IAAAM includes a discount for conference registration as well as access to other member services.
We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. Please note: to allow as many people as possible to give a talk, primary authors are limited to giving a maximum total of one oral and one poster presentation, however, authors may be co-authors on other presentations.
Carefully review the detailed submission guidelines before starting the abstract submission process. These guidelines will help you prepare all the information you need to gather before submitting and ensure that you comply with the guidelines.
Abstracts must be submitted using the online form and need to be submitted in English.
On behalf of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM), and the 2020 host, Florida Aquarium, we invite you to participate as a sponsor for our 51st Annual Meeting & Conference. The event will be held at the Hilton Downtown in Tamp, Florida, USA, and we hope you’ll be able to join us as a valued supporter.
The 2020 IAAAM Conference will take place at the Hilton Tampa Downtown which has restaurants and the Florida Aquarium all within walking distance. For more information about the hotel, please use this link.
The conference was able to secure a discounted rate of $169. To book your hotel room, please use the link and information below. Please note that a one-night deposit is required at time of booking, and reservations must be made by April 22, 2020, or until the block is sold out.
Hotel Booking Information
Group Name: IAAAM 2020 Conference
Group Code: IAAAM
Hotel Name: Hilton Tampa Downtown
Hotel Address:211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
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.
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.
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Puerto de la Cruz, April 17th, 2018. Udra is the name of the female zebra shark that became the first specimen of this species born in an aquarium in Spain. The team of the Loro Parque’s aquarium, whose efforts have enabled this breeding success, is very proud to confirm that the animal has completed the required quarantine period, during which it was receiving all the necessary care and attention. Now it is enjoying its new, spacious home in the mangrove of Aqua Viva. It also means that the guests of the park have a unique opportunity of seeing it, for the first time, in this exhibition of the park, which was recognized by Trip Advisor in 2017 as the best zoo in the world.
Since its birth, Udra has been participating in unique shark training program developed by the experts of the Loro Parque’s aquarium. Thanks to this training, such important procedure as voluntarily blood extraction was made possible. Moreover, through this training, it has become accustomed to regular voluntary veterinary check-ups, which not only allow the aquarium team to ensure its maximum well-being but also provide researchers and scientists with valuable information about this species. From now on, the visitors of the park will be able to observe the training sessions with Udra.
Udra is an offspring of two other zebra sharks of the park, Marylin and Elvis, who, since then, have had more young ones. Nevertheless, Udra has a special meaning for the aquarium’s team, because it was the first specimen of this species to be born under their care, converting the aquarium into the first among the aquariums of Spain to have bred this species. The young shark has been progressing steadily since her birth in October 2016. Weighing originally only 0.072 kg, it is now at 0.390 kg, and it has grown from the original 27.3 cm to 118 cm.
What is curious about these animals is that they received their common name, zebra shark, due to their appearance at birth. While they are young, they display while stripes over darker bodies, hence the name. The appearance changes as they grow, and by the time they become adults, the stripes will have evolved into black spots. These sharks are slow but elusive swimmers; they do not chase their prey, but rather corner it using their large flexible body to prevent it from escaping.
Breeding and reproduction work carried out at Loro Parque is essential to provide scientists with the vital and much-needed information about the conservation of not only of this particular species but also of other, much more threatened species. Thus, Loro Parque Foundation, with the support of its primary sponsor, Loro Parque, among many others, has been successfully conducting marine wildlife conservation and protection projects. Among them, are the projects with such species as the angelfish (Squatima squatima), considered to be the most endangered shark in the world, and the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna sp.), a species that finds itself under a lot of pressure primarily due to aggressive fishing techniques and other adverse conditions.
This birth is considered a true success story as breeding of this delicate species represents quite a challenge
The penguin colony at Loro Parque has recently welcomed a new family member as a Chinstrap penguin chick was born in PlanetPenguin. This birth is considered a real success as it is a very delicate penguin species, which poses quite a challenge in its breeding.
The chick was born weighing 88 grams and spent its first days in a hatcher of BabyPenguin where it was hand-reared. At this time, the penguin chick received 10% of its weight in blended fish, as well vitamins and calcium. During its first month and a half, the chick receives this formula five times a day every three hours; then this frequency is reduced to two meals a day, after which the young penguin starts eating solid food.
Presently, the chinstrap penguin chick weighs 736 grams and has already started the integration process by adapting to its new environment until it is fully integrated with the rest of the penguins at Loro Parque.
Chinstrap penguins inhabit the shore waters of the Antarctic Ocean; they are a medium size (46-61 centimeters) and weigh between 5 and 8 kilos. They are able to dive up to 70 meters deep, and their diet is mainly based on Antarctic krill, although they can also eat fish and other crustaceans whenever these are available.
This new addition to the penguin colony, along with four other rockhopper penguin chicks, promises yet another successful year at the penguinarium of Loro Parque. The birth of new chicks is, above all, a good indicator of adequate animal welfare as it demonstrates that all the necessities of the animals are effectively and properly covered, and they can reproduce normally.
Loro Parque considers every single detail when it comes to animal care. In PlanetPinguin not only that their natural habitat is recreated, with 12 tons of snow generated daily, but also the Antarctic light cycles are respected all throughout the year. Presently, the penguin family at Loro Parque is enjoying the polar summer with plenty of light and longer days than in winter.