Congratulations to this year's winners of the IAAAM Student Presentation Awards.

Student Poster Competition

Bryce Miller, veterinary student, University of Florida
Discrepancy of Plasma Iron Concentrations with Tissue Iron Stores in Chronically Debilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) with Inflammatory Disease

1st Place- Undergrads/Vet Students/Masters Students Presentation Competition

Mauricio Seguel, PhD Student, University of Georgia
Hookworm Clearance in South American Fur Seal pups (Arctocephalus australis): Mechanisms and Role in Pup Survival.

2nd Place- Undergrads/Vet Students/Masters Students Presentation

Jacob Rodgers, Veterinary Student, Colorado State University
Optimization of Diagnostic Approaches in Marine Parasitology and Specific Gravity Determination of Helminth Eggs in Pinnipeds

1st Place- Intern/Resident/Post-Doc Student Competition

Laura Thompson, Post-Doc, Mystic Aquarium
The Complement Cascade In Marine Mammals As A Mechanism To Avoid Damage From Nitrogen Bubbles During Diving

2nd Place- Intern/Resident/Post-Doc Student Competition

Brittany Stevens, Aquatic Animal Health Fellow, UC Davis
Ultrasonographic Determination of Normal Juvenile Koi (Cyprinus carpio) Anatomy and Gender


After the recent 2017 IAAAM Conference and Meeting, there was a change to the IAAAM Board for the upcoming year.

  • Past President: Pam Tuomi, DVM (moved from President)
  • President: Martin Haulena, DVM, MSc, DACZM (moved from President-Elect)
  • President-Elect: Michael S. Renner, DVM (new)
  • Treasurer: Tonya Clauss, DVM, MS (continuing)
  • Secretary: Todd Robeck, DVM, PhD (new)
  • Board Member for Membership: Hendrik Nollens, DVM, PhD (continuing)
  • Board Member for Education: Kathleen Colegrove, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVP (continuing)
  • Board Member for Communications: Michael B Briggs DVM,MS (continuing)

Contact information for these board members can be found on the About IAAAM web page.


The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine congratulates the following IAAAM members who have been named 2016 ACZM Diplomates.

  • Elsburgh Clarke
  • Genny Dumonceaux
  • Jennifer Flower
  • Jennifer Meegan

The 49th Annual IAAAM Conference and Meeting will begin on May 19, 2018 and run through May 23, 2018. The Conference will be held at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach California. 


The Aquarium of the Pacific along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have teamed up to help save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise.

Vaquita populations have declined to extremely low levels with an estimated 30 animals remaining. This is down from an estimate of 60 only one year ago. In order to protect the last remaining vaquita, it has been determined that ex situ conservation, or collecting and bringing the remaining few vaquita into a protected sanctuary, is an urgent and necessary course of action. Experts from the eighth meeting of the Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA 8) have determined that current conservation actions are happening too slowly and that this effort is needed to protect the remaining vaquita. Vaquita are rare and shy animals. They avoid boat noise and will prove difficult to locate and capture. To support this effort, the Mexican Government has solicited the United States Navy to use trained US Navy dolphins to support the location and collection of vaquita. This invitation has been accepted and plans are underway to develop the protocols and personnel that will be needed to accomplish this task and all of the other components of the project. 

This effort will be difficult, and while all necessary experts are being engaged, nothing like this has ever been attempted. However, there are no viable alternatives left for the vaquita. If we don’t do this now and continue to establish conservation measures within their native habitat, the vaquita will go extinct in as little as three years. We cannot let this happen.

AZA, along with a number of zoos and aquariums, are supporting this vaquita rescue plan, but we need your help. Collectively we have been able to generate only about half of the one million dollars needed to begin making preparations for the vaquita rescue. We have until the end of the month to raise the remaining support. Will you help? A donation of any amount will help to make this happen.

To learn more about the rescue effort go to