World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)

Affiliate Member

Dr. Laura Urdes

WSAVA Representative

Dr. Devon Dublin, DMVZ, MSc. PhD

201 Leopalace FONTEINE,

Hatsunegaoka 37-14, 


Kanagawa Prefecture 


240-0016, Japan

Tel: (81) 80-45080421

E-mail: devdub@yahoo.com


Members: Since 2006, 1226 veterinarians and veterinary students from 72 countries have applied for membership, with 243 new applications in 2016. Current membership stands at 457.



World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)
132 Lichfield Road
Stafford, ST17 4LE
Email: secretary@wavma.org                                                                                                         
Website: www.wavma.org


WAVMA Overview



The Mission of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association is to serve the discipline of aquatic veterinary medicine through enhancing aquatic animal health and welfare, public health and seafood safety, to support aquatic veterinarians, aquatic animal owners and industries, and other stakeholders.

To fulfill this Mission the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association has established the following Objectives...

  1. To serve aquatic veterinary medicine practitioners of many disciplines and backgrounds by developing programs to support and sustain members, and the aquatic species industries that they serve.

  2. To identify, foster and strengthen professional interactions among aquatic medical practitioners and other organizations around the world.

  3. To be an advocate for, develop guidance on, and promote the advancement of the science, ethics and professional aspects of aquatic animal medicine within the veterinary profession and a wider audience.

  4. To optimally position and advance the discipline of aquatic veterinary medicine, and support the practice of aquatic veterinary medicine in all countries.


Brief history of association

WAVMA was formed in 2007 and currently has members in over 35 countries. It provides a listserv for exchange of information between members, a quarterly newsletter, an annual conference on aquatic veterinary medicine and further educational opportunities through its website www.wavma.org such as webinars, presentations and image galleries.

It has established a scholarship program to support veterinary students and new veterinarians become involved in aquatic veterinary medicine, and partners with the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium (www.iavbc.org) to promote biosecurity practices that meet international (OIE) standards and national regulations.


General Information

WAVMA membership interests are evenly split between aquaculture (seafood production) and ornamental (pet) fish and other aquatic species (amphibians, invertebrates and marine mammals).

Currently ornamental fish are largely ignored by the companion animal sector of the profession, yet they represent by numbers the largest group of animal species (around 2000) and in many countries their numbers exceed that of cats and dogs combined. Despite these large numbers, the health and welfare of these can often be poor and veterinary services limited. Current status of care might be compared to that of other companion animals prior to the expansion of veterinary services in this sector during the 1960’s.

WAVMA is therefore dedicated to developing improved care of all aquatic species, including ornamental (pet) species, and providing a forum for exchange of scientific information between colleagues - an approach that parallels and fits the WSAVA Vision and Mission.


   Dr. Laura Urdes (President Elect, 2016)         Dr. David Scarfe (President Elect, 2017)         Dr. Nicholas Saint-Erne, Immediate Past President 2017

  Dr. Laura Urdes                          Dr. David Scarfe                   Dr. Nicholas Saint-Erne 

  President, 2017                          President Elect, 2017         Immediate Past President, 2017


2016 List of Activities

  • The Aquatic Veterinarian (a quarterly publication): Members get access to the latest additions while non-members can have access to the archive of back issues. http://www.wavma.org/Publications

  • WAVMA e-News: Monthly news provided to members and non-members who sign up.

  • RSS news feed: WAVMA provides and RSS Feed. Members and non-members can point their news feed readers or browsers to http://www.wavma.org/rss/wavma-eNews.xml

  • Discussion Listserv: WAVMA members can discuss any issues and clinical cases via their usual email application.

  • Educational webinars: For members and non-members who desire low-cost CE credits. http://www.wavma.org/WebCEPD

  • Student Veterinary School Chapters: Currently we have a total of 12 student chapters.

  • WAVMA Fellowship Program: Awarded to outstanding members that have achieved remarkable progress professionally, while contributing in a meaningful way to the progress of our organization are recognized and honoured.

  • Certified Aquatic Veterinarian Program: A member-only program to credential and certify members having core or "Day-1" knowledge, skills and education (KSEs) considered necessary ro practice aquatic veterinary medicine. Successful applicants will be entitled to use the "CertAqV" honorific. Individuals are required to demonstrate a basic understanding of, and competency in the following subject areas that are unique to aquatic veterinary medicine and aquatic animals (primarily aquatic mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and finfish, crustacean and molluscs) including:

    1. Anatomy and physiology unique to aquatic animals.

    2. Life support systems & environmental evaluation (water quality) that affect the health of aquatic animals.

    3. Industry structure and function, including commercial aquaculture (farmed seafood and ornamental fisheries), natural resource (wild) aquaculture, and ornamental (pet) and public aquaria.

    4. Pathobiology and epidemiology of important aquatic animal diseases.

    5. Veterinary clinical diagnostic techniques and technologies for assessing important aquatic animal diseases.

    6. The availability and appropriate use of therapeutic and biologic agents (drugs, vaccines and bacterins) for preventing, controlling and treating important aquatic animal diseases.

    7. Public health, zoonotic diseases and seafood safety aspects relevant to aquatic veterinary medicine.

    8. International, federal, state/provincial and local legislation, regulations and standards affecting the practice of aquatic veterinary medicine.

    9. Principles of aquatic animal welfare.

    Since 2013, 50 members have successfully completed the requirements. http://www.wavma.org/CertAqV-Pgm

  • Continued its collaborative work with the Network of Veterinary Information and Communication technology in Education (NOVICE), an EU funded program which allows for veterinarians, veterinary students, information and communication technology or veterinary educationalist to interact with each other around the world and it is free of cost.

  • Continued to partner with our allied member, the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (AAH-ANZCVS).

  • The WAVMA Store: stocked with the organization’s paraphernalia. http://www.wavma.org/Shop

  • Participated in the Fish Veterinary Society Annual Conference held from March 22-23, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; 3rd Annual AAFV Conference, held at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, NC on April 10, 2016; AVMA Convention, San Antonio, Texas from August 5-9, 2016; World Veterinary Association (WVA) General Assembly (Panama City) October 3, 2016; 2nd Global Conference on One Health, Kitakyushu, Japan, November 10-11, 2016

Highlights for 2016

  • For the year 2016, a total of 17 members completed the requirements as Certified Aquatic Veterinarians.

  • WAVMA Booth at AVMA (San Antonio, Texas) from August 5-9, 2016.

  •  Dr. Nick Saint-Erne and Dr. Julius Tepper gave talks at the Fish Veterinary Society Annual Conference held from March 22-23, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

  • Presentations were made by Dr. Brian Palmeiro, Dr. David Scarfe, Dr. Julius Tepper and Dr. Tom Waltzek at the AVMA Convention, San Antonio, Texas from August 5-9, 2016.

  • Dr. Richmond Loh presented 3 hours of CE on fish disease at the 41st WSAVA Congress in Cartagena, Colombia between September 26-29, 2016.

  • University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine which was established in 2016 is our newest Student chapter.