UNE Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators Club prepares students for careers in the field

AALSO professional teaches Liam Sullivan about heat welding

April 06, 2017

Four UNE students were able to attend the international AALSO symposium
Four UNE students were able to attend the international AALSO symposium
Katherine Perry presents her poster at the symposium
Katherine Perry presents her poster at the symposium

Students in the University of New England’s Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) club are putting their knowledge to work. They are receiving the entry-level training needed for a career in aquatic animal support. During the 2016-2017 school year AALSO professionals have provided support to the club in various ways, helping to give UNE students an advantage in a competitive field.

AALSO is an international organization whose members are the water quality and mechanical system professionals that move the water, design and maintain the systems, develop and distribute the products to manage the daily requirements for animals in their care at hundreds of facilities across the world. Associate Professor and Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences Program Coordinator Jeri Fox, Ph.D., serves on AALSO’s Education Subcommittee.

In November, two AALSO representatives came to UNE to lead a workshop on heat welding, give guest lectures and help students study for the level one operator competency certification exam.

The organization supported two UNE students to attend its annual symposium in Saint Louis, Missouri. With the additional support of UNE, four students were able to attend the international conference along with Fox and AALSO Club Faculty Representative Tim Arienti. The students presented their research and had the opportunity to network with hundreds of professionals in the field. The students who attended the conference included Kayla Eustace ’17, Melissa Rosa ’18, Katie Perry ’18 and Liam Sullivan ’18.

Learn more about AALSO. 

To learn more about the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Marine Sciences, visit www.une.edu/research/msc

To learn more about the University of New England’s Department of Marine Sciences visit www.une.edu/cas/marine

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