Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan
Presentation Title: Protecting your fish from a dangerous world: The principles of biosecurity and fish health management
Name: Timothy J. Miller-Morgan, BSc, BSc (cum laude), DVM, CertAqV
Bio: Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan is an aquatic veterinarian, educator and biologist. He directs the Oregon Sea Grant, Aquatic Animal Health Program at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, OR, USA. He has 30 years of experience in aquatic animal medicine, husbandry and education. He is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), a major aquatic research institution associated with Oregon State University. He also serves as a clinical veterinarian Oregon State University, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Coast Community College Teaching Aquarium the Charleston Marine Life Center and the Shreveport Aquarium.
One of Dr. Miller-Morgan’s primary roles is to provide outreach, education and clinical services to the ornamental fish industry. Dr. Miller-Morgan is currently an assistant professor of Aquatic Animal Health in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at OSU, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and holds adjunct appointments with the School of Education and the Marine Resource Management Program in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. He has developed and teaches courses, course sections and workshops at the CVM in fish medicine. He is also the co-creator of the Aquarium Science Program at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport where he currently teaches courses in aquatic animal health management. This successful and unique program trains husbandry professionals for work in public aquaria, research laboratories, aquaculture facilities and the ornamental fish industry. Dr. Miller-Morgan has also lead development of numerous professional and workforce development programs for the aquatic veterinary profession, the ornamental fish industry, the aquaculture sector and public aquariums.
Dr. Miller-Morgan has consulted and taught extensively on fish and invertebrate health issues, primarily related to ornamental fish, throughout the United States and Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Israel, India, Australia, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia. Some of his current work focuses on the development of best health practices for aquarium fish dealers and importers within the United States, the development of techniques to mitigate post shipment mortality among wild-caught marine and freshwater ornamental fish, characterization of pathogenic bacteria and antibiotic resistance associated with recently imported freshwater tropical fish, and the development of standardized health management and welfare protocols and training for research facilities utilizing fish and invertebrates for research and education and aquarium fish enterprises involved in the ornamental fish trade.
Dr. Miller-Morgan previously served as senior aquarist, curator and staff veterinarian for the Hatfield Marine Science Center Aquarium. In these capacities he supervised the live animal aspects of a multimillion dollar aquarium remodel, developed a preventative health program, lead the development of live animal exhibitry, supervised and trained aquarists and supervised the development of an aquatic animal health and husbandry teaching laboratory.
Dr. Miller-Morgan is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and a Professional Fellow of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He is also a member of the Executive Board of Ornamental Fish International. He is a founding member and past secretary of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV) and a past member and vice-chair of the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and a founding member, former Director–at-Large and past chair of the credentialing committee for the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA). He is also a member of the World Aquaculture Society and the Executive Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society (APC-WAS).