Practical Bivalve Shellfish Disease Detection and Necropsy

InstructorsRoxanna SmolowitzJeff Davidson  and  Mary Stephenson

The workshop will begin on September 2nd in the afternoon from 1 pm to 4:30 pm and will take place at the Atlantic Veterinary College – University of Prince Edward Island

This workshop will address farming of bivalves including aquaculture methods and challenges, anatomy / physiology of bivalves and some of the most important diseases in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe.  Participants will learn basic anatomy / physiology of bivalve with didactic lecture and with a hands on dissection of clams, musssels and oysters.  After dissection, there will be an introduction to important diseases of bivalves including Perkinsus marinus and P. olseni, Haplosporidium nelsoni, , Herpes Virus Infections, Neoplasias, and Bonamia sp. infections.  The workshop will end with a discussion of the diseases as they relate to biosafety, timing of monitoring, sample collection and shipping and testing methods.

This workshop will be restriced to 20 participants, who will work in pairs.  Selection will be on a first come basis, and opens along with conference registration in January 2018.

The workshop will be provide 3.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credits for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians.