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:

President-Elect

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.

Secretary

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.

Communications

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

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