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Aquatic Animal Health Lab
Aquatic Animal Health Lab

​​​​​​​​​​​About the AAHL  

Mission Statement: To protect, monitor, and enhance the health of aquatic wildlife and aquatic systems in the State of Colorado in accordance with Colorado state statutes.  

Located in Brush, Colorado, the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) provides in-house support and diagnostic services, including: ​

  • Bacteriology

  • DNA testing (PCR)

  • Whirling disease testing

  • Virology

  • Parasitology

  • Histopathology

  • Invasive species screening and identification 

  • W​ater quality testing

The AAHL assists Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Fish Health Board by providing guidelines for agency policies on fish culture, fishery management, species preservation, and aquatic research. Their primary purposes include:

  • ​Preventing introduction of aquatic diseases and invasive species through monitoring and by educating the public about their role in aquatic health

  • Managing intra- and interstate movement of fish 

  • Cooperating and collaborating with other national and international fish health laboratories, scientists, universities, and government agencies to reach these aims​


Health Lab Staff

​Vicki Milano
Senior Fish Pathologist

Dr. Carolyn Gunn
Aquatic Veterinarian

​Dr. John Drennan
Fish Pathologist

Mike Minniear
Fish Pathologist

April Kraft
Laboratory Technician

Victoria Vincent
Laboratory Technician

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​Allison McMillan
Administrative Assistant & Laboratory Technician​

Weston Niep
Aquatic Nuisance Species Laboratory Monitoring Technician

Contact the Health Lab

​You can contact the Aquatic Animal Health Lab by emailing AAHL@state.co.us, calling (970) 842-6308, or writing the address below: 

          Colorado Parks and Wildlife
          Aquatic Animal Health Lab
          122 East Edison
          Brush, CO 80723​