Research. Medicine. Conservation.

Our mission is to provide sustainable state of the art training, education, diagnostics, and research support for managed care and wild aquatic species. (Photo courtesy David Schricte.)

Education Opportunities

4th Annual

Manatee Research Symposium

We will be hosting this year's symposium on September 9, 2021, both in-person at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and remotely through Zoom.

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College Courses You can take Anywhere

Collegiate Distance Learning Courses

Our program offers courses on aquatic animal health and conservation topics that you can take from anywhere in the world. Get started today by visiting our Distance Learning webpage to find out more if this opportunity is right for you!

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Fun online Learning for Kids

Elementary Online Lessons

Our program has created fun learning videos all about aquatic animals topics to keep your kids/students engaged at home. Optional learning questions accompany these videos. Come and enjoy learning with the Aquatic Animal Health Program!

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Program Initiatives

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Diagnostics are a crucial part of the animal health puzzle. While some domestic animal diagnostics can be applied to aquatic animals, others require modification and creativity. Our program provides resources that are specifically suited for these aquatic species.

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Our research interests include animal and ecosystem health, conservation, and beyond. We have faculty and graduate students studying a range of aquatic species and habitats in an effort to contribute to new scientific data regarding aquatic animals and habitats.

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Clinical Training and Education

We offer a range of educational opportunities for veterinary students, post-DVM specialty programs, undergraduate and graduate students, and even primary education students.

Dr. Walsh and Tatiana on a manatee rescue.

Stranding Response

Our program is part of a collaboration with the Southeast Stranding Network. Our team assists with response to sick, injured, or deceased marine mammals and sea turtles. Additionally, these efforts contribute to population and health data of these species in this expansive geographical range.

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Recent News

Congrats Class of 2021!

AAH Class of 2021: (From Left to Right) Christina King, Jenny Lind, Bryce Talsma, Telsa Richards, Brooke Newmans, Brittany Liguori, Alyssa Blew…

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Sperm Whale Stranding on St. Lucie Beach, FL

The University of Florida veterinarians Dr. Mike Walsh and Dr. Craig Pelton, assisted network partners with the animal necropsy to determine the…

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Increased Deaths in Manatees at the Start of 2021

“National Geographic” released an article on March 17th about “More than 430 manatees have perished in 2021. Why are they dying?”. Our clinical…


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Career and Internship Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming involved in this field? Like our Facebook page, and we will post opportunities we know about from all over the globe!

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Our Upcoming Events

Interested in getting involved with our program? We offer a wide range of opportunities such a monthly seminar series, trainings, courses, and more. Visit our events page to see what opportunities we have for you.

Community Extension

Teaching the next generation and you.

Outreach is a key component in our program! We love to visit schools, go to festivals, or even come to your summer camp to teach you and your children all about aquatic animals.


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As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.



Animal Hospitals

Need animal care? Visit the UF Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. From dogs, cats, birds and exotics to horses, cattle, llamas, pigs and many other large farm or food animals, our experienced veterinarian staff is ready to assist.

Animal Airwaves

Syndicated Podcast

Animal Airwaves

Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health, ranging from insights into animal behavior to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends.

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