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Colin has worked with aquatic animals and their production systems for over 20 years. During that time, he has been involved in many facets of aquaculture and aquatic medicine. He is currently the head veterinarian for Tassal, Australia’s largest vertically integrated salmon producer, which has recently diversified into high volume prawn production. Previously, Colin has served as Technical Director of the New Zealand aquaculture industry representative body and Principal Adviser in Aquatic Animal Diseases to the New Zealand government. He helped develop the aquaculture industry in South Australia through his position as General Manager, Aquatic Resources for the South Australian state government and was Veterinary Services Manager for Marine Harvest (now Mowi) in Scotland. His professional adjunct roles have included examining in aquaculture medicine for the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science and Chairing a number of ad hoc working groups of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Richard has been providing veterinary and pathology services to a wide range of aquatic clients as “The Fish Vet”. He is now joined by a team spread across Australia and in London. He has been admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examinations in the subjects of Pathobiology, and Aquatic Animal Health. Richard is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian, has been recognised as a Distinguished Fellow of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and has been awarded the George Alexander International Fellowship by the International Specialised Skills Institute. He promotes aquatic veterinary medicine by producing educational materials on YouTube ( Pertinent posts include the President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA, 2014), Secretary for the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS, 2015), Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University, and WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator and WAVMA Executive Board Member (2013 to present).

David has 40+ years of experience as a University Professor, in private practice, and working with veterinary organizations and governmental agencies in numerous countries. Currently he is CEO of Aquatic Veterinary Associates International, LLC and oversees veterinarians in several countries who provide services to aquaculture producers and industries throughout the world. David has previously owned and operated multi-veterinarian private practices, has overseen aquatic veterinary issues for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has consulted with numerous veterinary organizations and governmental agencies in several countries, on veterinary education, and legislative and regulatory animal health issues. David is also the immediate Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, an Extraordinary Professor and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education, Diagnostics and Biosecurity Training at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science (Onderstepoort, S. Africa), and serves as the Associate Director of the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium, with the Secretariat located within the Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education & Biosecurity at Tierärztliche Fakultät, Ludwig Maximillians University (Munich, Germany). Within these positions David assists several international organizations and veterinary schools in North and Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia refine and implement aquatic veterinary academic and continuing education programs to ensure a global well-trained aquatic veterinary global workforce; many of which involve developing and running aquatic veterinary biosecurity training programs to assist governmental agencies, aquaculture producers and industries, and private practitioners prevent, control and eradicate infectious diseases.