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Putative high-level toxicity pathways based on evidence of brevetoxin immunotoxicity in marine fauna

Aquatic Animal Health Program (AAH) PhD student- Elizabeth Brammer-Robbins, AAH Program Director- Dr. Iske Larkin, and co-author’s publication, “Putative high-level toxicity pathways based on evidence of brevetoxin immunotoxicity in marine fauna.” Their review summarizes brevetoxin-induced immunotoxicity in marine animals, and identifies research gaps that can aid in algal bloom risk…

First Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a Cetacean

In August of 2022, University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine researchers and state and federal laboratories identified the first cetacean to be found infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) in America, and the second known case in the world. The virus recovered from…

A retrospective review of manatee pathology data from 2009-2017

2020-2023 Aquatic Animal Health Resident, Dr. Tatiana Weisbrod and her co-authors publication, “Manatee Trichechus manatus latirostris calf mortality in Florida: a retrospective review of pathology data from 2009−2017”, was published in December of 2021. Research such as this is integral for understanding current and future threats, and is used by…

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 cause of death for this animal. The full story can be found here.    Photo courtesy of NOAA and  …

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 training coordinator, Dr. Mike Walsh, was able to provide insight on this issue in the article.

Gas Bubble Disease in Louie the Seahorse

A Save by Aquatic Animal Health Resident Dr. Tatiana Weisbrod and Colleagues Louie the seahorse is back home in his 45-gallon saltwater tank and doing swimmingly, thanks to innovative treatment at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for a…

The Aquatic Animal Health Program Congratulates NOAA on 50 years!

NOAA is celebrating a 50 year milestone in science, service, and stewardship! The Aquatic Animal Health Program is glad to support NOAA and its efforts and we would like to congratulate them on their achievements thus far. Please check out this special publication and especially page 46 for a…

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