USDA APHIS VS/UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

This externship is intended to provide the vet student with a hands-on experience on ornamental aquaculture, aquatic animal health and related regulatory activities - including pathogen surveillance. Student will assist in diagnostic laboratory and the collection of samples from local fish farms.
Student will work with veterinarians and non-veterinarians to learn about the ornamental aquaculture industry here in FL. Student is expected to assist with the clinical work-up of animals brought into the laboratory as well as the collection of field samples for regulatory purposes.
  • In addition to myself other aquatic animal health professionals located at this site are:
  • Dr. Roy Yanong, UF Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian
  • Dr. Jeff Hill, UF Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Deborah Pouder,Coordinator, Research Programs & Services / Diagnostic Lab Manager
  • Mr. Carlos Martinez, UF Aquaculture Extension Agent
  • USDA Aquaculture Extern Notebook
  • Video library on ornamental aquaculture
  • Access to aquatic animal health library (on site)
  • Student is expected to show up for the externship on time and be on time (as designated) every day.
  • There will be reading assignments and verbal "quizzing" for comprehension.
  • Student is expected to be professional, attentive, honest and appropriately dressed each day.
  • A written report has been requested at the conclusion of the experience.
8 hours per day Monday through Friday for the two weeks.
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services/UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory/USDA APHIS VS
1408 24th Street, SE
Ruskin, FL 33570
813-671-5230 x119
kathleen [dot] h [dot] hartman [at] aphis [dot] usda [dot] gov
Kathleen Hartman
Updated: 11/21/11