FEB 05, 2015 03:00 PM PST

Aquaculture and Biomedical Research of Non-traditional Aquatics

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  • Research Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Miami
      Dr. Rothen has been a clinical veterinarian at the University of Miami (UM) for 11 years. He received his DVM from the University of Florida (UF) in 2002. While in veterinary school, Dr. Rothen took elective classes in fish medicine and pathology and completed an externship at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Roy Yanong. After graduation, Dr. Rothen began his career in small animal private practice and emergency medicine. In 2003, he joined the University of Miami as the clinical veterinarian responsible for a large breeding colony of rhesus macaques. Additional responsibilities included veterinary coverage and support for UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. In 2006, he relocated to the UM Miller School of Medicine as a more traditional laboratory animal veterinarian, while still maintaining veterinary responsibility for the university's aquaculture programs and non-human primate medicine and surgery. He also consults with aquaculture facilities throughout South Florida, including coral restoration projects at Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida.


    As evidenced by the changes in the new Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory animals and the latest AVMA Panel on Euthanasia, it is clear that there is growing concern about the care and welfare of aquatic animals used in biomedical research facilities. Although fishes and invertebrates are not covered by the USDA, there are other regulatory bodies, both internal and external, that are adopting this focus. While the vast majority of aquatics used in biomedical research consist of Zebrafish and Xenopus, there are still many other species being used, particularly in coastal research facilities. The use of these animals can include traditional biomedical research, biology research, and aquatic production and research. It can become challenging to accommodate these non-traditional species within established guidelines and regulations, which are mostly geared toward the traditional species listed above. At the University of Miami, we house many different species of marine organisms, each presenting their own unique husbandry and regulatory concerns. This presentation will cover basics such as different housing systems and water supplies, strategic planning of location and species choices, water quality testing protocol selection, IACUC/OB (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee/Oversight Body) concerns, management issues and topics, exportation of aquatic animals, and resources available for additional testing and guidance. The goal at the end of this presentation is that each facility will be able to devise their own plans to provide high quality animal care while remaining compliant with regulatory bodies. This interactive webinar is designed for laboratory animal professionals at all levels of management and oversight with little, moderate, or advanced experience with aquatics. Learning Objectives: - Similarities and differences aquaculture of non-traditional aquatic species - Internal regulatory handling of non-traditional aquatic species

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