Conference registration for the April 2015 IAAAM Conference in Chicago is now open at To take advantage of early registration fees for the conference and all associated events and workshops, please be sure to register prior to March 1, 2015. 

Thanks to our wonderful members, we are pleased to offer the following workshops on Saturday, April 11, 2015:

  • American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) Workshop – The 2nd annual AAFV meeting will be held from 8am to 8pm at the Shedd Aquarium on April 11, 2015.  Lectures will cover clinically relevant topics to the fish veterinarian including:  swim bladder/buoyancy disorders, management of reproductive disorders (medical and surgical), infectious disease updates, and clinical case presentations. Approximately 10 hours of RACE approved CE will be available. Registration fees (includes lunch, and dinner):  $150 for AAFV/IAAAM members, $200 for non-members, $75 veterinary students. Limited 50 participants.  Please contact Dr. Brian Palmeiro or visit for more information.
  • C.L. Davis Pathology Workshop - For the tenth year, Dr. Judy St. Leger of Sea World will host a full-day seminar combining didactic lectures, case presentations, and audience interaction to cover what’s new and exciting in the pathology of sea creatures.  This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Terio of the Illinois Zoological Pathology Program, will present a keynote lecture on “Using Molecular Diagnostics in Pathology”. A tuition of only $100 before March 1, 2015 and $125 afterwards includes continental breakfast, refreshments, syllabus, and a DVD of the case slides for review. For more info, visit:
  • Marine Mammal Radiology Workshop – The 3rd annual IAAAM Marine Mammal Radiology Workshop will take place on Saturday April 11th from 9 am-12 pm at the Shedd Aquarium, presented by board-certified radiologist Marina Ivančić of AquaVetRad and the National Marine Mammal Foundation. The workshop will cover a variety of both fundamental and advanced concepts in marine mammal imaging. It is geared towards all aquatic animal veterinarians with marine mammals in their care as well as veterinary students pursuing a career in this field. Topics will include principles of diagnostic image acquisition and interpretation, a discussion of the five imaging modalities as they pertain to aquatic animal medicine, cases presentations, and an informal question/answer session. A modest fee of $10 will include coffee for all attendees. For more information, please contact Dr. Ivančić at
  • Marine Mammal Water Quality Workshop – In 1998 USDA APHIS published a Technical Document titled "Marine Mammal Water Quality: Proceedings of a Symposium". The document captured the discussions and conclusions that occurred during a symposium on marine mammal water quality. Today, over 20 years after that symposium, animal care professionals are still bound by the same regulations and guidelines which were in place back then. Significant new information (and technology) has been developed for optimizing water quality for these animals. In July 2014 a Steering Committee composed of attending veterinarians and water quality professionals from multiple facilities currently housing marine mammals and two USDA APHIS representatives was formed to explore the expanding new information and consider recommendations for change. This workshop will present the Steering Committee’s efforts to date at drafting a contemporary document to be published as a USDA APHIS Technical Bulletin. This document will be a new centralized source of information for marine mammal animal health professionals and guide decision making to modernize standard practices. The current draft document will be reviewed and suggestions for input or changes will be sought through active participation of the attendees. All input will be further considered by the Steering Committee prior to submitting the finalized document to USDA APHIS. Registration fee (includes lunch):  $25. Limited to 50 participants. 

Associated workshop fees are posted in the etouches conference registration site. Once you’ve registered, the workshop organizer(s) will follow up with you directly to confirm your registration and provide you with any other important details.

We are also going to use etouches to manage speaker presentations and bios, but at least for abstract submissions we are going to handle it the old-fashioned way and have you email them to me at

Please follow the Abstract Submissions Instructions which explains how all abstracts should be formatted and email them to me no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 15, 2015. I will respond to every submission within 48 hours so you know I have received your abstract. If it’s been longer than that and you haven’t heard from me I encourage you to contact me again by either email or phone (610-925-6217).

Students submitting travel award applications (Student Travel Award Instructions, also due January 15, 2015) must submit their abstracts to me AND also submit their abstracts and the rest of their application materials separately to the specified email address to be considered for the conference.

Finally, we are still seeking sponsorships to help support all of the various activities and behind-the-scenes logistics associated with the IAAAM conference. Please contact Bill Van Bonn at if you or your organization might be able to provide assistance.