The Aquatic Animal Health Program (AAHP) supports various captive aquatic animal stakeholders including the aquarium fish industry, research enterprises, aquaculture, and educational institutions in domestic and international settings.

    Aquatic Animal Health

    The primary role of the AAHP is to provide outreach and training so these aquatic animal stakeholders can strive to maintain the highest quality of animal health, husbandry and welfare.

    Read about the work of AAH and Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, Aquatic veterinarian in The Traveling Ornamental Defender (PDF).


    The Wet Pet Vet

    Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan wiggles his fingers into surgical gloves. They snap against his wrists like rubber bands. On the operating table in front of him, a sedated patient lies on her back. She was diagnosed with a parasitic infection a week ago, so she has been undergoing treatments. Today, she’s in for a checkup.

    Her name is Pebbles, and she’s a 3-foot-long, pointy-nosed wolf eel with a ribbon-like tail that ripples like a flag in the wind. She lives at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Continue reading.

    Helping Aquarium Industry Maintain Fish Health

    This video includes Project Piaba, an effort by AAH and Miller-Morgan to help ensure that wild fish imported from Brazil for the aquarium industry are healthy. As part of this work, Dr. Miller-Morgan travels to the Brazilian rainforest every year to train exporters and others to properly care for the fish. He's interviewed in this new documentary about the industry. Part 1 and Part 2 of this video is now available for free on YouTube.


    Tim Miller-Morgan, Aquatic Veterinarian, Sea Grant Extension

    Tim is Oregon Sea Grant’s aquatic animal health veterinarian. He is responsible for the aquatic animals at the HMSC and is affiliated with the Oregon Coast Community College’s Aquarium Science Program.

    Sid Stetson, Senior Aquarist / Facility Manager, Hatfield Visitor Center

    Sid is an aquarist who works with the care of aquatic animals at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and works closely with student aquarists from various programs.