Rural Aquaculture Veterinarian
|Aquaculture is an important component of global animal production and, like all animal agriculture operations, faces health management challenges. Veterinarians provide many services to aquaculture operations by addressing site-specific herd health needs, biosecurity recommendations, disease surveillance and testing, medications, and health certifications for trade.
In the U.S., commercial aquaculture needs more production animal veterinarians who are willing to work in rural communities where agriculture, including aquaculture, exists. Success of these private, rural veterinary practices often requires a business model that includes diversification of veterinary expertise in animals beyond traditional farm species (ruminants, poultry, swine, and equine).
To address the veterinary needs of underserved aquaculture producers in rural America, the University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agriculture in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection, Veterinary Services, is offering eight (8) veterinary fellowships for a two-year training program in aquatic animal health and aquaculture production medicine.
Training, comprised of online and field instruction, and includes implementation of the NAA/USDA Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) for clients.
Tuition and related educational expenses are provided, and a stipend of $5,000 per participant will be paid upon successful completion of each year of training.
For additional information, please visit: http://tal.ifas.ufl.edu/news-and-events-blog/aquaculture-veterinary-fellowships/.