The 2021 AAFV Scholarship is now closed, stay posted for information about 2022!


Eligibility for Scholarships:

  • AAFV Student Member, including those enrolled in graduate school, internships and residencies
  • AAFV Member not more than 1 year after graduation
  • Previous recipients are not eligible
  • Recipients must also submit a written report about their experience to the AAFV Student Scholarship Committee within one month of completion of their experience.

A Complete Application Consists of:

  1. A completed scholarship application form
  2. Resume/curriculum vitae
  3. Two references, preferably from faculty, submitted directly from the reference to Dr. Lester Khoo at
    Click here for AAFV Scholarship Application Form

Selection Criteria Includes:

  1. Involvement in fish related activities within and outside of veterinary school
  2. Value of proposed activity to increase participant’s experience and awareness in fish medicine
  3. Demonstrated potential for future contributions in fish and aquatic veterinary medicine
  4. References’ evaluation of personal character, reliability and dedication to the field
  5. Demonstrated need for financial support

Deadlines and Submission:
The Scholarship Committee will make an effort to evaluate all applications in four to six weeks after the closing date. All application materials must be submitted to Dr. Lester Khoo at by this date. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.

Student scholarship recipients and reports

2020 Student Scholarship Recipients

The following students have been selected to receive an AAFV Student Scholarship:


Allison Murawski - Shedd Aquarium and SeaWorld Orlando Report


Pamela Betancourt - University of Florida - Class of 2022
She intends to use the scholarship for externships at the Vancouver Aquarium and the University of  Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory.


Jasmine Gross – Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine - Class of 2021
She intends to use the scholarship for externship at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography where she will be assisting research in black gill disease in shrimp populations and zooplankton nutrition.


Michelle Greenfield – Cornell University - Class of 2023
She intends to use the scholarship for attending AQUAVET®I 2021


Vivian Lee – Cornell University - Class of 2024
She intends to use the scholarship to attend AQUAVET®I 2021 and also attend the virtual AAFV conference in October.

Student Scholarship Reports

Michelle Barnett - AQUAVET I Report

Elizabeth St. Germaine - AQUAVET III Report

Jaclyn Wilson - AQUAVET II Report

Chelsea Hester - AQUAVET II Report


Sarah Wright - AQUAVET II & III, and IAAAM Report and Photos

Josh Zlotnick - AQUAVET I Report

Katherine Weber - AQUAVET I Report

Courtney Wright - Aquaculture Experience Report


Sierra Imanse - Eastern Fish Health Workshop, University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab, and Vancouver Aquarium Report

Ashley Kirby - University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab Fish Disease Diagnostic Lab Report

Emily Munday - AquaVet Program, The Fish Vet Group, Pacific Aquaculture, and Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife Report

Nicole Nietisbach - Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, Seattle Aquarium and Washington Dept of Health Report


Erike Brigante - Mississippi State University Aquatic Diagnostic and Research Lab Report