Did you know you have access to The Fish Vet’s expertise, no matter where you are in the world?

2014/02/25 at 08:35 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Are you a pet fish keeper, ornamental fish breeder, retailer or fish farmer? Are you running public aquaria? Do you use fish in your educational/research institution? Are you an aquaponics or a food fish aquaculture farmer?

Do you use the services of an aquatic veterinarian? Is there one close by?

Did you know that you can access The Fish Vet’s services right where you are?

1. Locally, I provide site visits to my clients. I service clients as far south as Mandurah (and Bremer Bay!) as far north as Yanchep and as far east as Ellenbrook and Armadale. Here, I perform field diagnostics, and I bring along my portable pharmacy to treat your fish’s ailments, or refer you back to fish shops for medicines that they stock.


2. If you are not exactly local, we can schedule a visit, by flight, to any state in Australia (e.g. WA, NSW, Victoria, Tasmania), or overseas (e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong).


3. I can work through your local veterinarian to achieve a suitable outcome. See picture below.


4. You can consult with me online using the eHow pets platform


5. If you wish to proceed with a direct phone or email consultation, please select the appropriate item from the shopping cart at http://www.thefishvet.com.au/shop/shopping.html

 6. Alternatively, feel free to search for free information on my blog (thefishvet.com).
(Quick link to this post – http://tinyurl.com/fishvetconsult)

Fish Vetting Techniques and Practical Tips – instructional DVD: Fish Vetting Secrets revealed!

2014/01/21 at 08:30 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | 1 Comment

After attending a multitude of conferences and courses like Aquavet II and Seavet, reading up on the literature, and doing teaching at the university, it’s really hit home to me that: there is no better way to teach or learn, than to show, or be shown.

FISH VETTING TECHNIQUES & PRACTICAL TIPS takes a ‘how to’, hands-on approach to demonstrate veterinary skills employed in working as an aquatic veterinarian. The 105 minute DVD comprises veterinary procedures including taking skin mucus scrapes and gill biopsies, skin ulcer treatment, injecting fish, blood sampling, anaesthesia, surgery, necropsy, histology processing, videos of live microscopic fish pathogens and more… That’s right, I’m giving away all my secrets so that fish clients can have greater access to trained aquatic veterinarians no matter where they are in the world.

After watching this DVD, you can deal with fishes with confidence!

This DVD is ideal for fish veterinarians, aquarists, aquaculturalists, public aquaria, local fish shops and to have handy as a training resource in veterinary schools, laboratories, clinics and zoos. It is a comprehensive resource that incorporates aquatic medicine and pathology.

Make your purchase NOW at http://thefishvet.com.au/shop/shopping.html
Available in two formats: PAL & NTSC (please select the correct item when making your purchase).


In this series are the following books:

  • Fish Vetting Essentials.
  • Fish Vetting Medicines – Formulary of Fish Treatments.

Dr Richmond Loh (BSc, BVMS, MPhil, MANZCVS, CertAqV) is the 2014 President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA), Secretary of The Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), an adjunct lecturer at Murdoch University in Western Australia, an eHow Pets Expert and is a George Alexander Foundation International Fellow. His skill set is unique, having been admitted as a Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) by examination in the subjects of “Aquatic Animal Health” and in “Pathobiology”. As “The Fish Vet”, he provides veterinary services for a range of clients and they include individual pet fish owners, public aquaria (Aquarium of Western Australia), retailers, wholesalers, fish farmers (ornamental and food fish) and educational institutions (Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University & University of Western Australia).

Scene 01: Start
Scene 03: Weighing small fish
Scene 04: Weighing large fish
Scene 05: Medicating a pond
Scene 06: Preparing medicated food
Scene 07: Intramuscular (IM) injections
Scene 08: Intraperitoneal (IP) injections
Scene 09: Injection sites recapitulated
Scene 11: Aspirating swimbladder
Scene 12: Surgical weight implantation
Scene 13: Gastric tubing
Scene 14: Skin ulcer treatment
Scene 15: Skin tumour removal & Anaesthesia
Scene 16: Eye enucleation & Anaesthesia
Scene 17: Fish euthanasia
Scene 19: Wet preparation Skin mucus scrape & Gill biopsy
Scene 20: Haematology – Blood sampling
Scene 21: Blood film preparation
Scene 22: Packed cell volume (PCV
Scene 23: Bacteriology
Scene 24: Necropsy & Anatomy
Scene 25: Histology processing
Scene 27: Argulus
Scene 28: Lernaea
Scene 29: Ichthyopthirius | Cryptocaryon
Scene 30: Flukes (Gyrodactylus & Dactylogyrus) & Trichodina
Scene 31: Ichthyobodo
Scene 32: Hexamita
Scene 33: Oodinium | Amyloodinium
Scene 34: Tetrahymena | Uronema
Scene 35: Chilodonella | Brooklynella
Scene 36: Peritrichous ciliates
Scene 37: Lymphocystis
Scene 38: Water mite
Scene 39: Air-dried, Diff Quik-stained smears of parasites

The Fish Vet’s veterinary services – integrated innovative solutions.

2012/12/11 at 07:55 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | 1 Comment

In veterinary health care, there may be service boundaries defined by providers’ clinical specialties. The results will be fragmented, inconvenient, inefficient and the outcomes compromised for the solutions you needed yesterday. The Fish Vet’s services are designed to achieve excellent outcomes for clients with customised needs.

Most veterinarians have expertise in single fields. Dr Loh is unique in that he is one of only two veterinarians globally who has post-graduate, Membership qualifications in aquatic animal health and in veterinary pathology, admitted by examination to the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists. He also holds a research Masters degree. This means that he can solve your problems in the field or laboratory, and can devise strategies for research if the problems are more complex.

Dr Loh is affiliated with many world class organisations, serving as the Secretary of the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, President-elect of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University’s Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences section and a past Treasurer for the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists. He is also a member of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and a member of the European Association of Fish Pathologists.

The Fish Vet as a one-stop shop, gives the clients a personal connection to the all the veterinary services you require. The Fish Vet’s clients benefit from more convenient and better coordinated access to veterinary services and improved outcomes. The Fish Vet operates a mobile consultancy service and so no matter where you are in Australia, Dr Loh can organise delivery of his services to your pet, your business or your farm.

To find out more, go to –
TheFishVet’s site  or

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Fish Vetting Medicines: Formulary of Fish Treatments.

2012/11/26 at 02:43 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

With nearly 300 drug entries, it is a comprehensive yet practical, quick access reference; making it an indispensible resource for anyone interested in fish health including veterinarians. It’s like MIMS for fish!

Its content organisation is designed for enhanced navigability with medicines arranged by:

  • Pathogen type (disease causing organisms),
  • Therapeutic use or groups,
  • Common disease conditions,
  • And in alphabetical order.

Read more here.

Fish Vetting Essentials.

2012/05/27 at 12:37 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The web can be a great resource but you may also find that it is full of contradictory information overload. Like you, I have found that reliable information on fish health, disease and medicine is difficult to come by and is at best, fragmented.

This is why I have published two essential books on aquatic veterinary medicine.

So if you’re serious about fish health, these are two indispensible texts on fish you must have at your fingertips!

Fish Health Professionals – Land the Catch of the Year!

Fish Vetting Essentials is a comprehensive resource that incorporates elements of fish keeping, clinical medicine and fish pathology in a readily digestible form.

Important information for diagnosticians in this book include:

  • how to interpret water quality
  • how to diagnose common fish diseases
  • how to medicate fish
  • how to treat fish diseases using drugs available in standard veterinary clinics.
View sample pages here –  eFishVetEssentialswLinks.

Goldfish Eluded Huge Predator for Years

2015/07/07 at 13:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Talk about survival instincts!
> A goldfish that was meant to be fish food found a hideout and lived in a tank with its predator for seven years, according to Japanese news reports.
> The goldfish was tossed into the tank of an arapaima, a massive, predatory fish native to South America. But instead of going quietly to its fate, the plucky goldfish swam into a filtration unit in the tank at Japan’s Shima Marineland aquarium. Workers discovered the lurker after a routine cleaning.
> Though it sounds far-fetched, the goldfish’s survival in such a strange environment is not all that surprising, said Sudeep Chandra, an aquatic ecosystems researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno.
> “Goldfish and their related cousins are generally very hardy species that can survive under various conditions,” Chandra told Live Science.
> Predatory fish
> The goldfish was originally intended to be fed to the arapaima, which are among the biggest freshwater fish in the world, with some reaching a whopping 484 pounds (220 kilograms). In the wild, arapaima inhabit the tributaries and drainage waters of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. Because they live in oxygen-poor waters, the fish have evolved the ability to breathe air, staying submerged for just 10 to 20 minutes at a time. That has made them easy marks for fishermen with harpoons, and the creatures have been hunted to the brink of extinction in some parts of Brazil.
> Escape plan
> The arapaima at the Japan aquarium was fed live fish, such as the goldfish, but switched to more traditional fish food at least seven years ago. It’s not clear whether the goldfish was hiding the entire time in the filtration system, but to get into that hiding spot, the goldfish needed to swim through a long pipe. Either way, it clearly had access to bits of food that passed into the filtration system, as it had grown to an impressive 10 inches (25.4 cm) long, according to The Register.
> Though the goldfish’s seven-year stay in the filtration system seems exceptional, the goldfish could have kept up its stealthy existence even longer if cleaners had not discovered it, Chandra said. Goldfish typically live between 10 and 15 years in captivity, though the world’s oldest goldfish was 43 years old when he died peacefully in 1999, the BBC reported.
> “The water pipe had warm water and constantly flowing water bringing oxygenated water to the fish. As long as food was delivered, I imagine the fish could persist for even longer,” Chandra said.
> Now, the survival-minded goldfish has gotten a promotion and is the star attraction at the aquarium, the Register reported.
> Goldfish aren’t quite the aquatic equivalent of cockroaches, but they’re close. A few years ago, Chandra and his colleagues discovered monster-size goldfish in Lake Tahoe. The goldfish had been tossed into the lake from an aquarium and had grown to a whopping 4.2 lbs. (1.9 kg) and 1.5 feet (45.7 cm) long. And in the Canadian province of Alberta, officials are urging people not to flush goldfish down the drain and are considering labeling the humble childhood pet an invasive species, after several individuals “the size of dinner plates” emerged in local storm ponds,

Survey on Research Masters with training at Murdoch University – emphasis on aquatic animal health professionals

2015/07/07 at 07:08 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

I’m sending this on behalf of my colleague at Murdoch University. See below and I invite you to please respond.

Dear valued colleague,

I would be very interested to know your opinion on a Research Masters with Training (RMT) degree in your area of work.

A Research Masters with Training is designed for industry professionals keen to improve their knowledge and research skills, and will involve both structured postgraduate coursework and a research thesis, typically 18 months full time or 3 years part time.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and either 2 years’ full time professional experience, or undertaken a graduate course of at least 1 year full time study, or hold a four year degree. For more details see http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Research-and-Development/Resources-for-students/Future-research-students/Degrees-and-eligibility/Our-research-degrees/Research-Masters-with-training/.

This RMT degree will allow professional development in both the discipline of aquatic animal health as well as interdisciplinary areas such as epidemiology, biosecurity, food safety and public health. Please complete this short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMT_MurdochU to register your interest.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. Please contact me at S.Kueh, should you wish to discuss this further.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Kueh

Dr Susan Gibson-Kueh

BVSc, MSc(Aquatic Vet. Studies), PhD (Fish Pathology)

College of Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary & Life Sciences

Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: Jokes for IT geeks

2015/07/05 at 22:50 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

NETWORK: What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.

INTERNET: Where you want the fish to go.

 NETSCAPE: What the fish do when they discover a hole in the net.


Have a FINtastic week!
R <+>{

Positions Vacant: aquatic animal health and marine pests, epidemiology, emergency animal diseases.

2015/07/02 at 08:19 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Aquatic job available.

> Are you interested in epidemiology, emergency animal diseases, aquatic animal health or marine pests?
> The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Policy Branch is seeking suitable candidates to fill vacancies in the Aquatic Pest and Health Policy section, Animal Disease Preparedness and Response section and Animal Health Epidemiology and One Health section. These sections lead and co-ordinate national policy and program development for significant pest and health issues; contribute to enhanced pest and disease emergency preparedness and response and provide leadership in international and regional pest and health activities.
> Tertiary qualifications or experience in an area of animal health, aquatic animal health, marine science or related disciplines is highly desirable.
> The salary range is $77,602 to $88,315 (plus 15.4% super).
> Further information can be found on the department’s website, under the heading policy officers: http://agriculture.nga.net.au/fnt_jobs_list.cfm?
> Interested candidates may also wish to contact Dr Ingo Ernst (Ingo.Ernst) for further information.
> Please feel free to share this with others who might be interested in these positions.

Why does it always seem like we are supposed to know everything?

2015/07/02 at 00:47 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

I quite like these paragraphs on

“Why does it always seem like we are supposed to know everything?”

Source :



Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA. 

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

Do goldfish eat each other?

2015/07/01 at 09:12 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Goldfish by nature are not aggressive, and are not predatory. The short answer would be, "No, they don’t eat each other". However, there are some circumstances where goldfish do eat each other. Goldfish tend to browse for food, eating mostly what are bite-sized morsels, of anything edible. But, if they happen to come across small fish (e.g. baby goldfish), they do not discern, and they will eat it if they can catch it.

At breeding time, goldfish produce hundreds of sticky eggs. Goldfish exhibit no parental care, and they will graze on the eggs, regardless of whether it is theirs. Similarly, those eggs that survive and go on to hatch, the baby goldfish will continue to fall prey to anything that is larger – be it other goldfish, or insects (e.g. dragonfly larvae).

Once goldfish are able to swim around, and are of adequate size (e.g. 2-3 centimetres), the rate of intra-specific predation drops dramatically.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University | Secretary Aquatic Animal Health Chapter – ANZCVS.

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Super-sized goldfish gone wild in USA!

2015/06/30 at 09:23 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

If you wouldn’t release a dog or cat into the wild… Why would you, a fish?

Read more here –


Fish Joke for Monday-itis: What is the longest fish in the world?

2015/06/28 at 23:15 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Q: What is the longest fish in the world?

A: The canned mackeral, the head is in Japan and the body in Australia!.

With thanks to AL.



Have a FINtastic week!
R <+>{

“I’ve bagged a few in my life!”

2015/06/27 at 09:30 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Says one aquarist to the other…


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA. 

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

WETLANDS BIODIVERSITY RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS – available for teachers to order now

2015/06/26 at 09:40 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

From: Jan Bant
Date: Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:57 PM
Subject: Fw: WETLANDS BIODIVERSITY RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS – available for teachers to order now

Hi all

FOWST is delighted to be featured in the Ed Section of the West newspaper next term. Please bring this email to the attention of any teachers you know, so they can order these newspapers (free) and distribute them across their classes. We feel privileged to be chosen to participate in this worthwhile initiative to spread our message.

Jan Bant
Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise

Order this four part series on wetlands biodiversity for your class, which supports the Australian Curriculum: Science, Geography and Media Arts.

DISCOVER WA’S WETLANDS Activity poster – August 8
Discover the amazing biodiversity and ecology of a wetlands ecosystem.

WESTERN SWAMP TORTOISE Activity poster – August 10
Meet this unique and elusive West Australian, once thought to be extinct. Support Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise.

WONDERFUL WETLANDS ED! feature – August 11
Learn about Perth’s wetland areas, their importance and the diversity of life they support.

PHOTOGRAPHING WETLANDS Activity poster – August 12
Get some photography tips for the Chevron Focus Environment competition.

These resources support the Chevron Focus Environment photography and caption competition for K-12 students (see below).

Thanks to support from Chevron Australia, teachers will not be invoiced.

ORDER BY AUGUST 6 HERE http://education.thewest.com.au/resources/was-wetlands-biodiversity

It’s easy to enter!
DISCOVER: Find out about WA’s unique species, the threats they face and how people can help.
PLAY: Grab a camera and spend some time developing your photography skills.
EXPLORE: Get outside and capture the diversity of our State’s plants, animals and landscapes.
SHARE: Compose a captivating caption that highlights the biodiversity story of your favourite photo.

Winning students and their schools will receive a cash prize and may have their winning photo published in ED! Magazine.

Details about the competition can be found here: education.thewest.com.au/competitions

Media Education

T: education W: education.thewest.com.au

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50 Hasler Road
Osborne Park WA 6017

wetlands biodiversity resources.PDF

Chevron Focus Environment competition.pdf

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