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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

FMEL Fall Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification for Florida Mosquito Control

The FMEL Fall Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification Course is an intensive training on the species-level identification of the mosquitoes. The course is held in fall (typically October) each year at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (UF/IFAS) in Vero Beach, FL.

THIS TRAINING IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYEES OF MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICTS IN FLORIDA. We offer another, similar training in spring each year, which is open to anyone interested in advanced mosquito identification.

This course is divided into two parts (one week each), taught in two consecutive years. Part I (Adult Mosquitoes) is taught in even-numbered years (2020, 2022, 2024, e.g.). Part II (Larval Mosquitoes) is taught in odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, 2025, e.g.).

Applicants must commit to 2 consecutive years of attendance in order to be accepted.

Each training week culminates in written and practical exams. Combined grades of 70% must be achieved in order to receive UF/IFAS/FMEL Certification as a Certified Mosquito Identification Specialist. Attending the course does not guarantee certification. This is not an introductory course, and students should have prior knowledge of Mosquito Morphology, be familiar with stereo and compound microscopes as well as insect identification keys.

Application and Registration

To apply for the FMEL Fall Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification Course, download and complete the Application Document (MS Word) for the year that you wish to attend. Applications are only accepted July 1 – 31 each year. Applications submitted outside of this period will not be accepted. No advanced registration is permitted. No waiting lists are available. Acceptance will be communicated to applicants in August each year.

2019-2020 Advance Mosquito ID Application Form

Dates

Dates for this training will be announced on this website each year.

Classes

Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Many students choose to stay after class, or come back to the classroom after dinner to study in the evenings.

Course Payment

Course fee:  $400.00

Approved registrants must pay tuition in full by September 30th each year to guarantee their seat in the course.

Checks or money orders, made payable to “University of Florida”, can be mailed to course instructors. Credit card payments will be made through EventBrite. We CANNOT accept cash. We CANNOT accept out-of-country checks.

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Cancellation policy

We enforce a registration fee cancellation policy due to our long waiting list each year. Last-minute cancellations do not leave time for filling empty seats. Additionally, we purchase the text books and supplies based on reservations for the course.

Cancellations must be made in writing, nburkettcadena@ufl.edu. The amount of refund will be based on the date the written cancellation is received and will be issued as follows:

Cancel on or before September 30th, 100% ($500.00)

Cancel after October 20th, No refund

Materials

Microscopes are provided. Students who wish to bring their own microscopes may do so, however this is not recommended. Textbooks and other course materials are included in the course fees and will be provided to each student in class.

Meals: Morning and mid-afternoon refreshments provided daily.

Contact Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena at 772-226-6617 or nburkettcadena@ufl.edu.