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47th Annual International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine Conference

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Where has the summer gone! Seems like we just got back from Chicago and it’s already time to make plans for the 47th Annual IAAAM Conference at Virginia Beach, VA. May 20 - 26, 2016.

Mark your calendars now for another great week of learning, visiting with friends new and old, sharing information (i.e. telling stories and asking questions) and exploring another beautiful part of our world. We’ll begin this year’s meeting with an opportunity to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of AQUAVET at their banquet Friday night May 20 and AQUAVET Conference sessions on Saturday May 21.  The IAAAM meeting will officially begin with the traditional Ice Breaker that Saturday evening and continue with Scientific Sessions Sunday May 22 through Wednesday May 25 followed by IAAAM Workshops on Thursday.

Our new Conference organizer, Cindy Sherwood and her team from Delaney Meeting and Event, Inc. have been working hard with our 2016 meeting host Mark Swingle from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and with Lisa and me to finalize our venue arrangements at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfrontand some fun extracurricular activities as well. More information will be up on the IAAAM website soon to help you plan your travel and hotel stay and meeting registration is set to begin next December.

I’ve already had inquiries about abstract submission for next year’s meeting and am hoping to recruit many of you to assist as Session Chairs and Workshop presenters. If you are interested in being a 2015 session chair, please contact me directly at . The tentative deadline for abstract submissions is January 31, 2016 and details will posted on the IAAAM Home at  as well as in our Winter Newsletter.  Ilze Berzins has volunteered to hold a Coral Health Histology workshop and I’m sure that others of you have some great ideas for topics to share with our members. You can use the same email address to contact me regarding workshop planning.  Let us know what you would like to see as well as what you might be able to present or help organize. 

The folks at Delaney and our hosts at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center are already  working hard to find exhibitors and sponsorships for the conference, but your help is still needed! Please consider having your institution or organization sponsor either the conference in general or a specific conference event. We would also welcome suggestions of businesses or individuals that we might contact directly to invite participation. IAAAM conferences are unique opportunities to interact with an international group of aquatic veterinarians, researchers, and other allied professionals. For more information about conference sponsorships, please contact Cindy Sherwood at or Mark Swingle at

See you at the Beach!


When: Friday 20 May, 2016 12:00 pm EDT - Thursday 26 May, 2016 9:00 pm EDT
Where: Virginia Beach, VA
  1. Marine animals
  2. Marine mammals
  3. Veterinary medicine
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