Roy Yanong’s longtime interest in the aquarium hobby eventually led him to fish veterinary medicine. After undergraduate studies at Yale University, Roy worked at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, studying leukemia in soft-shell clams from Boston Harbor. Two years later, he attended the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine where he concentrated in aquatic animal medicine and received his V.M.D. in May 1992. A month later he was hired by 5-D Tropical, Inc., a large aquarium fish production and wholesale facility based in Plant City, Florida, where he was quickly immersed into the industry. He worked as staff veterinarian there for four and a half years.
In 1996, he joined the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL) in Ruskin where he currently provides extension, research, and educational programs in fish health management, including on-site veterinary assistance and disease diagnostic support for aquaculturists throughout the state. Roy and his colleagues at the TAL, UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation’s Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine work collaboratively to promote the advancement of aquatic animal medicine and fish health management through courses, internships, externships, continuing education sessions, and other venues. Roy has authored numerous outreach and scientific publications and book chapters, and hosts the aquarium fish podcast “Aquariumania” on petliferadio.com.
Over the years, Roy has participated in a number of local, state, and national fish health-related committees. He is currently the Chair of the Aquatics Working Group for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Panel on Euthanasia; a former member and Chair of the AVMA’s Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee (AqVMC); and a past member of the AVMA’s Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC). He is also a member of a number of other aquaculture and fish health organizations.
Roy Yanong’s research is applied and industry-driven, and concentrated primarily in aquarium fish species. His research has been focused in several different areas including diseases of production and health and disease management. He is especially interested in working with colleagues on development of preventative measures including use of probiotics, vaccines, and immunostimulants, and more sensitive screening methods. Roy also works with the Rising Tide Conservation Initiative where he focuses on health and disease issues.
Yanong will provide a veterinary perspective for the trip, examine health and disease issues, and summarize current understanding and research on the Banggai Cardinalfish iridovirus (BCIV) and other important diseases and their risk factors. He will attempt to trace the source of a virus in the supply chain between the islands and import facilities in Los Angeles.