A not for profit association that provides support and quality peer reviewed information to its membership of professional aquarists.
To provide a forum for dissemination of information to further the science of aquarium design, maintenance and aquatic animal husbandry and health, both in aquatic research model organisms and species of public aquarium significance.
ANZAAP has developed from the Australia & New Zealand Zebrafish Husbandy group. Originally dealing solely with zebrafish research, the organisation has grown to include elements of the public aquaria groups as well as a strong focus on animal welfare and aquatic health.

Our Team

Bruce Newell

Outgoing President

Working for Deakin University in Geelong, Bruce has been involved with the zebrafish model for the last 10 years and is a member of both ANZLAA and ZHA.

Deakin University are in the process of tripling their capacity for zebrafish research and Bruce is heavily involved in this process.

With over 25 years of self employment in aquatics and herpetology he has been involved in a large range of different aspects of aquatics including system and equipment design & construction, curation of large scale marine aquaria, building fish rooms and providing consulting services to many different institutions.


Lucie Nedved


Lucie is a veterinarian with a special interest in aquatic species including fish and amphibians. Over the past 10 years, Lucie has been involved with zebrafish as well as other aquatic species in the laboratory setting.  She currently works in the University setting for University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Lucie has been a long-standing member of the ANZ zebrafish community and is a member of ANZAAP, ANZLAA and the ZHA.  She has presented and participated at ANZAAP and ANZLAA conferences on the zebrafish health and welfare.

Lucie is a WAVMA (World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association) Certified Aquatic Veterinarian.


Diana Baumann

Vice President

Diana is ANZAAP’s International Liaison. She has been in
the industry for 18 years, and currently works at the Stowers Institute for
Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri (U.S.) where she holds the position of
Head of Reptile & Aquatics. At Stowers, she is responsible for the
management of a wide range of species including zebrafish, cavefish, and
invertebrate aquatic model organisms such as planaria, sponges, and sea anemones.

Diana has been a member of an animal ethics committee for
17 years and she serves as an Ad Hoc Consultant for AAALAC international. She was
class president of her Institute of Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) course
and has obtained Certified Manager of Animal Resources certification. She
has served on multiple AALAS committees. Diana is recipient of the 2011 Ron
Orta Memorial Award, the 2015 LAWTE IMPACT Award, the 2016 Charles River
CHARTER Medallion, and the 2018 AALAS Collins Education and Training Award.


Lorna Rasmussen


Lorna Rasmussen qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1988 (University of Pretoria), held the post of Senior Lecturer in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at the Medical University of South Africa between 1992 and 1998, obtained Masters of MedVet(Pathology) degree in 1998 and became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists by examination in 2007. In 2009 I joined Cerberus Sciences and have enjoyed working in the laboratory animal community ever since.


I have over 25 years’ experience in veterinary anatomical and clinical pathology incorporating companion, production, laboratory, African and Australian native animals and a multitude of non-mammalian species.

Rob Jones


Rob Jones is an aquarium veterinarian based in Melbourne. He visits and consults to all major public aquariums in Australia and New Zealand and more recently Asia. Through his business “The Aquarium Vet” he has developed the E – Qauarist course, an online training resource for aquarists working in any field.


Lauren Pandolfo

International Liaison

Lauren Pandolfo is a long standing subject matter expert and frequent consultant on Laboratory Reared Aquatic Species, Aquaria and Lab Design, and Guidelines and Regulatory Compliance. She is heavily involved in outreach and education in the biomedical and aquatics communities, Instructor on husbandry, reproduction, invitro fertilization, and cryopreservation at the University of Alabama Zebrafish Husbandry Short Course, and engages in speaker presentations on aquatics facilities and aquatics research and biosecurity. In her current role as Zebrafish Operations Manager at Baylor College of Medicine Center for Comparative Medicine, Lauren is working to optimize, upgrade, and expand the research capabilities and scale of the zebrafish research program.