Applications for 2022 AAFV Scholarships from AAFV students and new graduate members is closed.  2023 will open early spring.

Each year, the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) offers several scholarships to support students and new graduate members to increase their understanding, involvement in fish veterinary medicine. 

In 2022, a Drury Reavill Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one individual who has a strong aspiration for a career in fish pathology that is clearly outlined in their application.

Dr. Drury Reavill (1958-2021) was a boarded veterinary pathologist specializing in the diseases of exotic animals with particularly strong interest and expertise in the diseases of fish. She served on the AAFV executive board from 2014-2018, and as the organization’s president in 2017. Dr. Reavill’s contributions and impacts on the field of fish pathology and veterinary medicine are remembered by many of us through her many years of diagnostic service, research collaborations, and mentorship and support for students and early career fish veterinarians. This scholarship, created in her memory, is meant to support a veterinary student, a veterinary postgraduate student, an intern or resident pursuing activities related to fish pathology. Applicants considering a career in fish pathology should use the standard scholarship application form and indicate in their applications if they wish to be considered for the Drury Reavill Memorial Scholarship. 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Drury Reavill Memorial Scholarship or general scholarship fund may make donations through the AAFV donation portal.


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. David Scarfe (
    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. David Scarfe ( by this date. Only complete applications received by the deadline will be considered.

Student Scholarship Recipients & Reports

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


Samantha Oakey (Drury Reavill Pathology Scholar), University of Georgia, Class of 2024 – AQUAVET I REPORT

Lee Gedelian, Michigan State, Class of 2023 – AQUAVET II

Darbi Jones, Virginia-Maryland, Class of 2023 – Wildlife Conservation Society/New York Aquarium research supplies “Diet Assessment of Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus) in the New York Bight Based on Fecal DNA Metabarcoding”

Emi Tucker-Retter, NC State, Class of 2023 – Externship Thad Cochran National Warmwater Center/Aquaculture Research and Diagnostic Lab., Stoneville MS REPORT



Melinda Gorges – North Carolina State University, Class of 2023

Kristina Kelly – St. George’s University, Class of 2022

Hery Rios-Guzman – Cornell University, Class of 2024

Jake Veilleux – Pacific Northwest Salmonid Veterinary Externship Program Report

Tala Woodward – Pacific Northwest Salmonid Veterinary Externship Program Report

Zixin Yu – Ohio State University, Class of 2022



Pamela Betancourt - Vancouver Aquarium, University of  Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Michelle Greenfield – AQUAVET®I 2021

Jasmine Gross – Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Allison Murawski - Shedd Aquarium and SeaWorld Orlando Report

Vivian Lee – AQUAVET®I, Virtual AAFV Conference


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