2019 AFS Fish Health Section Annual Meeting and 60th Western Fish Disease Workshop

Hampton Inn and Eccles Conference Center

Ogden, Utah

June 17 – 20, 2019

Download Registration Packet (includes abstract and poster submission information)

The 2019 joint AFS Fish Health Section Annual Meeting and the 60th Western Fish Disease Workshop will be held at the Hampton Inn and Eccles Conference Center located in Ogden, Utah. A welcoming social with light appetizers and cash bar will be held on the evening of Monday June 17th. This gathering will also kick off the meeting with a fun and casual session of interesting case studies. The first day’s general session will begin on Tuesday morning and will end with an afternoon poster session. Following this event, participants will be given the opportunity to explore restaurants, brew pubs, hiking trails and fishing opportunities in and around the Ogden area. The general session will continue through Wednesday afternoon and will end that evening with the meeting banquet. A full day of Continuing Education designed around the complexity of flavobacteria and the importance of integrated fish health management will be held on Thursday June 20th (see full CE description below).

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Meeting Registration

General Registration, until May 20th                                           $285

Late Registration, after May 20th                                                  $320

Continuing Education Session                                                    $70

Additional Banquet Ticket                                                           $45

Additional Shirt (one is included in general registration cost)  $20

Register online: TicketBud

Alternatively, you may fill out a registration form (see form below) and send it with a check, made out to AFS Fish Health Section, to Cathryn Smith, 1465 West 200 North, Logan UT 84321.

We are going green this year! In an effort to reduce paper waste and save a little room on our office shelves, we will not be providing a hard copy of meeting booklets this year. Instead, a preloaded flash drive containing meeting materials and abstracts will be distributed to all registrants. A hard copy of scheduled presentations and poster titles will be provided upon arrival and an electronic PDF version of the booklet will be emailed to all registrants a week prior to the meeting.

Continuing Education: A full day of Continuing Education will be held on Thursday June 20th. This session has been designed to provide a broad overview of flavobacteria and the overall benefits associated with implementing an integrated fish health management program for many fish pathogens. The program will begin with an overview of the genus Flavobacterium and will narrow its focus to cold water (Flavobacterium psychrophilum) and cool/warm water (Flavobacterium columnare) fish pathogens. The morning’s session will end with a summary of the development and use of resistant fish strains to manage flavobacterial diseases. The afternoon session will then transition into case examples of integrated fish health management programs across the United States. The day will end with a discussion of bridging the gap between fish health professionals, hatchery employees, administrative personnel, research teams and other partners to build a better collaborative fish health program. Pending final CE committee approval, this session will provide 6 RACE CE credits.

Call for Papers:

Abstract/Title deadline May 20, 2019

Individuals interested in presenting an oral presentation or poster can submit a complete abstract using the guidelines and submission form provided below. If you are interested in presenting a case study during the first evening’s social, please submit a simple title using the abstract/title submission form below. The deadline for submitting abstracts and/or case titles is May 20, 2019.

To help students prepare for their presentations at the upcoming 2019 FHS/WFDW meeting, the Awards Committee has provided the judging criteria for students posters and presentations.

2019 FHS WFDW judging criteria for students


Hotel room deadline May 31, 2019

A block of rooms is being held at the Hampton Inn and Suites and includes an early bird special of $94/room for the first 25 rooms reserved. All additional rooms s are available for $154/night. The hotel room deadline is May 31, 2019.

Visit this link for early bird room reservations (first 25 rooms reserved)

After early bird rooms have been reserved, visit this link for all other room reservations

Additional accommodations at surrounding hotels will be made available as general registration and attendance is assessed.

If you are looking for a roommate for the conference, please feel free to post on our Facebook page and connect with others there!

Location and Travel

Hampton Inn and Suites and Ogden Eccles Conference Center, Ogden, Utah

The Hampton Inn is conveniently located next door to the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.

Address: 2401 Washington Blvd, Ogden UT 84401

Phone: 801-394-9400

Website: http://www.hamptoninnogden.com/

Rooms will be held under “Western Fish Disease Workshop”

Room block cut off date:  May 31, 2019

Directions/Travel:  Ogden, Utah is approximately one hour’s drive away from the Salt Lake International Airport. The following recommendations for public transportation or the Express Shuttle offer two convenient travel options. Please view the “Visit Ogden” website https://www.visitogden.com/trip-planner/getting-here/) to view all other travel options.

Two easy and recommended travel options include:

Option #1: Public Transportation – This option requires a transfer between two train lines, the TRAX and the FrontRunner.

  • The TRAX train operates from 5:38 am to 11:23 pm every week day (runs every 15 mins).
  • TRAX tickets can be purchased ($2.50 one-way) at an automated ticket booth as you exit the airport at Terminal 1.
  • Take the TRAX Green Line 704 (outside Terminal 1 at the SLC International Airport) and exit the train at North Temple Station (5th stop after boarding).
  • Walk down the stairs to purchase tickets ($5.50 one-way) at the automated ticket booth and board the Northbound 750 FrontRunner (runs from 4:31 am to 11:31 pm every 30 mins).
  • Exit the train at Ogden Station (6th stop after boarding).
  • The Hampton Inn and Suites is located ~0.7 miles from Ogden Station.
  • Travelers can take the short final walk or a quick Uber ride to the hotel. For more information and schedules, please visit the TRAX Green Line and FrontRunner websites.

Option #2: Express Shuttle – A reservation for a shuttle ($38.00 one-way) can be made in advance through the Express Shuttle website.

  • The Express Shuttle offers door to door service that includes a pick-up from the Salt Lake Airport and drop-off at the Hampton Inn and Suites located in Ogden.
  • Visit the Express Shuttle website (https://expressshuttleutah.com/) to conveniently book a round-trip prior to arriving at the Salt Lake Airport.
  • When you arrive at the Salt Lake Airport, personnel at the Express Shuttle kiosk (located near the “Ground Transportation Desk”) will guide you to your final pick-up location.

Student Travel Awards: Application deadline April 29, 2019

The AFS-FHS is pleased to announce that the Snieszko Student Travel Awards will be available to help students with the cost of attending the 2019 AFS Fish Health Section Annual Meeting and 60th Annual Western Fish Disease Workshop. We anticipate 5 separate awards of up to $1000 to allow students (undergraduates, graduates, or veterinary) post-docs or residents to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. For more details, including application requirements, please refer to https://units.fisheries.org/fhs/about/awards/. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to the Chair of the FHS Awards Committee at fhsstine@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting in June. For additional information please contact: Wade Cavender (435-720-2784) or Cristi Swan (435-760-4300).


2019 AFS Fish Health Section Annual Meeting and 60th Western Fish Disease Workshop” Comments

  1. Rebecca Goyt Rebecca Goyt

    Re: June workshop – Please send me information on related vendor opportunities; tradeshow booth, sponsorship, etc. Thank you

  2. Continuing education is an excellent initiative in all areas. Congratulations!

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