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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

  • Molecular testing

  • Whirling disease testing

  • Virology

  • Parasitology

  • Supportive services:

    • Histopathology
    • Invasive species screening and identification
    • Water quality testing

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

  • ​Preventing the 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 state, national, and international fish health laboratories, scientists, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to reach these aims​

Health Lab Staff

​​​​April Kraft
​Dr. John Drennan
April Kraft
Aquatic Animal Health Manager
P: (970) 842-6304
Dr. John Drennan
Fish Pathologist
P: (970) 842-6305
​Laura Gerk
​Victoria Vincent
Laura Gerk
Laboratory Technician II
P: (970) 842-6308
Victoria Vincent
Fish Pathologist
P: (970) 842-6312
Dr. Carrie Brace
​Dr. Colby Wells
Dr. Carrie Brace
Aquatic Veterinarian
P​: (970)-842-6310
Dr. Colby Wells
Aquatic Veterinarian
P: (970) 842-6303
​​​Katie Fletcher
Katie Fletcher
Laboratory Technician I​
P: (970) 842-6307

​Contact the Health Lab

​You can contact the Aquatic Animal Health Lab by calling (970) 842-6308, or writing the address below: 

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