Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, University of Florida

Veterinary externs are expected to assist faculty and staff with all fish health, aquaculture, and non-native species related activities at the laboratory, including assistance with extension and research.

Educational opportunities and responsibilities will include developing an understanding and basic proficiency in:
• Obtaining a thorough case history
• Testing and interpreting water chemistry
• Fish necropsy and microbiology techniques
• Non-lethal fish examination techniques
• Histological sampling
• Medical case interpretation
• Developing medical and management recommendations
• Client interaction both in the diagnostic lab and on farm and facility site visits
• Common ornamental aquaculture fish health management methods and chemotherapeutics
• Basic ornamental aquaculture production and husbandry techniques, including system design and management
• Common fish reproduction strategies and techniques, including induced spawning methods
• Common aquarium fish families and species, as well as their general husbandry and production methodology
• Field work with staff at one or more local facilities, both ornamental fish farms and state fish hatcheries
Oral examinations/reviews are conducted on a weekly or twice weekly basis to assess the progress of externs. They are provided with an extensive resource set of notebooks and are expected to review this information throughout the duration of the externship. Depending upon the time frame for the externship, externs will be expected to complete a small research or literature review project and present the findings to faculty and staff. Externs will work Monday through Friday and are on-call during weekends and holidays to assist with disease diagnostics, research, and outreach as necessary.
Kathleen Hartman, DVM, PhD, USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, Aquaculture (at UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory)
Genevieve Dumonceaux, DVM (at The Florida Aquarium, Tampa, FL)
In addition, expertise in aquaculture production, reproduction, non-native species, and health and disease diagnostics:
Ms. Deborah Pouder, Diagnosic Lab Manager and Coordinator of Research Programs and Services
Jeffrey Hill, PhD, non-native species
Carlos Martinez, aquaculture extension
Other faculty on site
Access to our laboratory journals, books, and University of Florida libraries
Veterinary externs are expected to assist faculty and staff with all fish health, aquaculture, and non-native species related activities at the laboratory, including assistance with extension and research, as described in "Description Experience."
Extern are expected to work, at a minimum, from 8:00 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday, although additional work may be required before or after these times depending upon case load. Externs are also expected to be on call Saturday and Sunday, primarily to follow up on microbiology associated with cases and laboratory studies, times to be determined depending upon case load.
Approximately 3-4 hrs/day, 5 days/week, but times may vary.
Yes, but for a minimal fee.
Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, University of Florida
1408 24th St. SE, Ruskin, FL 33570
(813) 671-5230
(813) 671-5234
rpy [at] ufl [dot] edu
Roy P. E. Yanong, VMD
Updated: 02/08/11