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)
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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.

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: Over did it

2014/11/23 at 23:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

I went to a seafood disco last night… and pulled a mussel! 🐌

Get an extra month-and-a-half free if you join the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association today!

2014/11/22 at 22:28 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

If you join now, your membership will go through December 31 of 2015 and you will be able access all of WAVMA member programs – simply click on www.wavma.org/Become-a-member.

I look forward to making your acquaintance.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology) Murdoch, MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia.
Veterinary Medicine for fish.
W: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
E: thefishvet
P: +61 (0)421 822 383

President WAVMA.org

An idea for environmental enrichment for koi. Do you know other tricks?

2014/11/22 at 10:35 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment


What’s killing the oysters? Bacterial infection, water acidity, oxygen depletion and rising seawater temperatures?

2014/11/21 at 07:40 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The Virulent bacteria that helped cause the near-ruin of two large oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest have been mistakenly identified for years, researchers say in a recent report.

Read more.

Axolotl taking a dump

2014/11/21 at 02:11 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Just in case you wanted to see it…


Video: How to anesthetise an octopus

2014/11/19 at 23:13 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

So this is how it’s done!

They gradually increased the concentration of the substance from 0.5% to 2%. The investigators found that the animals lost the ability to respond to touch and their color paled, which means that their normal motor coordination of color regulation by the brain was lost, concluding that the animals were indeed anesthetized.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology) Murdoch, MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia.
Veterinary Medicine for fish.
W: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
E: thefishvet
P: +61 (0)421 822 383

President WAVMA.org

Cane toads: Turning pest into pesto for a fine feral food.

2014/11/19 at 07:50 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Read more here.


Join Doctor Loh, TheFishVet, at the Aquatic Vet Program – 2014 Asian Veterinary Associations Congress (Singapore, Nov 28-Dec 1).

2014/11/18 at 07:30 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Join me and say, “G’day!” in Singapore. I’ll be representing the WAVMA at this event.

See below.

From: “Dr. David Scarfe”
Date: 14 November 2014 1:05:23 AWST
Subject: AquaVetMed e-News: Aquatic Vet Program – 2014 Asian Veterinary Associations Congress (Singapore, Nov 28-Dec 1)

November 13, 2014
8th Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations Congress

The Rise of the Asian Veterinary Profession – the Emerging Global Player, is the theme for the 18th Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA 2014) Congress, being held from 28th – 30th November 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. This Congress will provide many opportunities to learn, share and network with acclaimed veterinarians from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond and is expected to draw some 600 delegates.

Join colleagues in Singapore, Asia’s leading animal healthcare and veterinary hub for 3 days of lively debates, insightful discussion, and fruitful collaborations. With international and regional speakers, lectures, plenary sessions and free paper presentations, pre- & post-congress workshops in livestock, small animal and aquatic veterinary medicine, this congress is made to fit everyone.

Aquatic veterinary highlights (November 29/30) and a full day post-congress wetlab dealing with “Practical Veterinary Aspects of Fish Veterinary Medicine” (December 1), include:
· Clinical signs of fish disease and routine diagnostic procedures – Richmond Loh (Australia)
· Common fish parasites – diagnostic features of parasites on microscopy and treatment options – Richmond Loh (Australia)
· Applications of Biotechnology in Aquaculture – Jiang Jun Hui (Singapore)
· Integrated Multi-Trophic Recirculating Aquaculture System – T.J. Lam (Singapore)
· Sustained Drug Delivery for Animals and Aquaculture – V. Subbu (Singapore)
· Practical use of technology in Aquaculture – Matthew Tan (Singapore)
· Rapid Microbial Detection and Source Tracking in Aquaculture – Emily Tay
· New developments EMS therapeutics – Ung Huan (Malaysia)
· Selective breeding program for Asian Sea Bass in Singapore: Approaches to develop disease-resistant lines – Laszlo Orban (Singapore)
· Aquaculture Education in Singapore – Chan Wei Loong (Singapore)
· Continuing Aquaculture Education – Diana Chan (Singapore)

For more information, including registration, accommodation and social programmes, go to http://fava2014.com.
AquaVetMed e-News provides information to veterinary and veterinary-allied subscribers concerning aquatic animal medicine, health, welfare, public health and seafood safety, obtained from a variety of sources (largely AquaVetMed subscribers). While provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s, Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee and are for public distribution, they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the AVMA or the veterinary profession. See the AVMA Terms of Use (http://tinyurl.com/29h2rf) for further information.

Subscription and Contributions: Interested veterinarians and veterinary-allied professionals can subscribe, unsubscribe, or contribute pertinent news or information, by sending a message with “For AquaVetMed -” and the topic in the subject line, to dscarfe@avma.org. If e-News information is used elsewhere please acknowledge AquaVetMed as the source. Encourage individuals to subscribe rather than distribute through list serves.

Note: Undelivered e-mails will not be resent; Subscribers will be deleted from the list after repeated undelivered or bounced messages and will have to re-subscribe. Messages may contain attachments that will have been scanned for known viruses.

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Aquaculture Research Coordinator position at Challenger Institute of Technology WA

2014/11/17 at 07:10 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Anyone looking to come live in beautiful Perth and want a fishy job?

From: <Joanne.Slater@csiro.au>
Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM
Subject: Aquaculture Research Coordinator position at Challenger Institute of Technology WA
To: Joanne.Slater@csiro.au

Dear Health Highlights subscribers,

Please see link for an Aquaculture Research Coordinator position at Challenger Institute of Technology in WA http://search.jobs.wa.gov.au/index.php?AdvertID=168559


Jo Slater

12 Month Fixed-Term Contract Opportunity

Fremantle (Maritime) Campus

Advertised Vacancy Number: CHG29.14

In this position you will be required to coordinate the design and implementation of, and manage and report on a suite of research projects that will be undertaken in a Yellowtail Kingfish pilot Trial in Western Australia.

The key function is the co-ordination of research activities in this collaborative project to ensure the most effective use of the resources available, of previous research results and of current research providers.

The position has potential for collaboration with other states on certain aspects of common commercial interest to broaden the body of knowledge available to the wider YTK aquaculture industry in Australia.

The project will be operated by the Marine Fish farmers Association and Indian Ocean Fresh Australia on behalf of the Midwest Development Commission. A steering group will be formed in the first instance to oversee the project, including industry, government and researchers.

Challenger Institute of Technology is an industry and community-focused organisation with a driving commitment to high quality training and development. The Institute has several training centres and campuses spread across a number of South Metropolitan locations, that offer nationally recognised qualifications developed and endorsed by industry.

For more information about Challenger Institute of Technology please visit our website at:


Further Job Related Information

The attached Job Description Form (JDF) provides details about the duties and responsibilities of this position.

If youwould like more information about this position please contact Greg Jenkins, Director Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research on (08) 9239 8030.

Work Benefits and Other Conditions

Our employees are covered by industrial agreements providing a significant range of employment benefits including:

  • Flexible working hours
  • 10 paid Accrued Days Off per year (for working an additional 1 ½ hours per week)
  • 14 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • Up to an additional 10 weeks of Purchased Leave
  • Long Service Leave after 7 years continuous service
  • Salary/remuneration packaging (e.g. novated lease for vehicle, laptop computer or superannuation)

Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies throughout our agency. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position, then the next most suitable applicant may also be selected from this process. Both of these options remain valid for a period of six (6) months from the initial date of the appointment.

Should no suitable applicant be identified, or an offer declined, the panel may search for further applicants beyond the closing date.

Eligibility for employment at Challenger Institute of Technology is subject to obtaining a satisfactory Department of Education Criminal Clearance.

How To Apply

Please read the attached Application Information document for detailed information regarding applying for this position.

Our aim is to make it easy for you to apply for a position with Challenger Institute of Technology.

Applicants are required to apply online and need to submit:

- Current Resume including two (2) professional referees

- A 2 page statement of claims addressing the Key Position Requirements.

We are interested in how your skills, knowledge and experience indicate your ability to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position. Your responses and resume will be assessed by the selection panel with reference to the Key Position Requirements as the basis for shortlisting.

To submit your application, please click on the Apply for Job button. If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please contact Training Business Centre on (08) 9203 3735.

Applications close Monday, 24 November 2014 at 4:00pm (WST).
Late applications cannot be accepted.

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: Prawn star

2014/11/16 at 23:05 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment


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