Vancouver is playing host this week to more than 200 of the world’s top minds in marine animal medicine.

The 41st annual International Association For Aquatic Animal Medicine conference, which runs until Thursday, is a great opportunity for the city to showcase its conservation, education and research programs, said Martin Haulena, staff vet at the Vancou­ver Aqu­arium.

“It’s very easy for me to say that we are a global leader in medicine and research for aquatic animals,” he said.

“We have some great diagnostic equipment and can provide top-notch care for animals.”

The conference, Haulena said, offers a unique opportunity for experts to bring problems from their facilities, put their “heads together” and come up with solutions.

“We just had a session on viruses and there are so many diseases that we’re just starting to under­stand,” he added. “For me it’s really neat to see what all my friends have been up to for the last year.”

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