Aquatic health section updates

New Accession Form & Aquatic Health Certificate Fee

Please check out the new Aquatic Health Accession Form that is now available on our website. It has been updated to more clearly document submitted specimens and now has options to choose different billing and reporting recipients. In addition, there is a new box at the top for clients to indicate whether they would like a health certificate that summarizes all testing results for the case on a single page; there will be a $10 fee for the one-page certificate. If you have any questions about the changes, or if you need help filling out the new Aquatic Health Accession Form, please contact our new Aquatic Health Laboratory Manager (see below).

Aquatic Health Laboratory Manager Introduction

Nora Hickey outside the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

Nora Hickey is our new Aquatic Health Laboratory Manager here at WADDL.

Before starting with us, she worked for six years at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission providing veterinary services to tribal fish hatcheries in western Washington. Nora received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she spent her clinical year training with fish health professionals across the United States. She has thoroughly enjoyed her first few months working at WADDL and living in Pullman, and she is looking forward to working with all of the clients who submit to the Aquatic Health Section. Her time outside work is generally spent tending to her pets and plants and losing at computer games. She can be contacted at or 509-335-6656.

Aquatic Health Laboratory Spotlight

WADDL’s Aquatic Health Section offers several tests to screen for bacterial pathogens. This includes certification testing for Aeromonas salmonicida, Yersinia ruckeri, Streptococcus iniae, and Lactococcus garvieae.

Technicians in a lab.
Amanda Kaufman and Andrew Vo are two Microbiologists who perform these tests.