This drug-delivering PowerGel is the Band-Aid for fish – that works!

2015/12/10 at 07:01 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Human beings have so many kinds of wound dressing, but it’s unlikely an injured fish can ever wear a Band-Aid quite like humans.

Dr Richmond Loh at TheFishVet has pioneered using a special powder, that when applied to fish skin, will stick to it, forming a gel-like material that can be used as a “smart fish band-aid”.

The PowerGel fish bandage matrix has numerous advantages. It can be applied to any area of the body, including delicate structures like fins; is able to absorb any aqueous liquid, allowing the gel to be impregnated with a variety of medicines like antibiotics, allowing direct localised activity for sustained release over time.

“I’ve been using it clinically for the last 10+ years. It’s worked on freshwater and marine turtles, freshwater and marine teleosts, amphibians and crabs. I’ve only two cases where it’s not stuck (Wobbegong shark skin ulcer, and dolphin mouth ulcer)… I’ve since got veterinarians around the world who work at zoos and aquariums, using it. They think it’s amazing stuff!” says Dr Loh.

The PowerGel Fish Bandage would prove an excellent solution for things like the treatment of skin ulcers, burns, post-incision wound care, finrot and other external skin conditions.

It’s A MUST-HAVE for every fish emergency kit.

Watch how it works – http://youtu.be/GHJtZRrx8IU

Get it today, because sick fish can’t wait.

Visit http://www.thefishvet.com.au/shop/shopping.html

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet
President WAVMA 2014
Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University
See advert on YouTube.

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.

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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).

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

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4. 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

 5. 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

There is no better way to teach or learn, than to show, or be shown.

FISH VETTING TECHNIQUES & PRACTICAL TIPS reveals the best ways to treat any type of fish.

This DVD is the most valuable resource for all fish vets, aquarists, fish shop owners, vet schools and zoos – so buy it now!

All your questions about veterinary procedures on treating all fish types are answered in this DVD.

Experienced Australian fish vet Dr Richmond Loh takes you on an absorbing journey into the world of fish vetting: learn how to take skin mucus scrapes and blood samples, inject fish, 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.

Don’t wait! Order a copy of Fish Vetting Techniques & Practical Tips.

Buy a copy now – soon you will be able to treat any fish with full 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).

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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).

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

see the adverts:

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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.
BUY THE BOOKS HERE.

Aquatic Animal Health Chapter Science-Week: call for speakers.

2016/02/11 at 09:54 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Be at the forefront of aquatic veterinary sciences.

On behalf of the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, we would like to invite you to register
your interest in presenting a talk at this year’s Science Week conference.

Science Week will be held at the usual venue, the QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, on the 7th and 8th July 2016.

Speakers’ costs for conference registration are waived on the day of the presentation.

Please submit your expression of interest including proposed topic, and length of address, by 25th February.

To allow more content, to showcase the breadth AAH covers, we ask for fifteen (15) minute talks, though there is room for longer talks if required. Please also indicate if there are any times in the 2 days in which you cannot present due to other commitments.

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ANZCVS AAH SW Flyer – Call for Speakers v2

Kind regards,

Aquatic Animal Health Chapter Science-Week Conveners.

Roger Chong <roger.chong@daf.qld.gov.au>

and

Richmond Loh <thefishvet@gmail.com>

 

Australia’s Vibrio outbreak in shrimp farms.

2016/02/10 at 07:44 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Australia is currently dealing with a new emerging disease that has similarities to “early mortality syndrome” (EMS), aka “acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease” (AHPND).

Refer to full article at this link.

Prawn farming is a highly risky business. When disease strikes, it spreads rapidly, and can kill large numbers of stock.

Check out some ways you mitigate the risks at this link.

 

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

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

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

Hot off the press! Ornamental Fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates: Self-Assessment Color Review, Second Edition.

2016/02/09 at 08:47 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

This new book has contributions from experts from around the world (including from Dr Richmond Loh, The Fish Vet!)

The CRC press is listing the book with a July 15, 2016 publication date.

Here’s the link – http://tinyurl.com/SACR-Aq2
This is a new edition in the Self-Assessment Colour Review series that covers ornamental fish. It includes 200 colour illustrated cases in random order, as they would be presented in practice. It presents questions based on each case with answers that fully explore the disease/disorder. This new edition contains >250 new cases. The book should appeal to candidates preparing for examinations and to practitioners in their continuing education.

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Yours sincerely,

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

Fish joke for Monday-itis: What do fish smoke?

2016/02/08 at 07:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Answer: sea weed!

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Prepare your fish to survive the next heat wave.

2016/02/06 at 07:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

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There’s going to be another long hot dry spell.

If you’ve outdoor ponds, are keeping temperate or coldwater species, you’ll need to prepare.

Check out some tips on surviving the heat.

How do you protect fish from the heat?

Recorded Aquatic Veterinary Lectures & Presentations – Select University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine Guest Lecture Series

2016/02/05 at 07:20 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Check out these great resources available at – wavma.org
Ellen Ariel, PhD “Turtle Tribulations in Australia” discussing different types of marine turtles and problems they encounter (45 minutes, given June 4, 2015)
Matt Gray, PhD “Ranaviruses: Cry Wolf or Real Threat?” dealing with the pathobiology & epidemiology of ranaviruses in amphibians & fish (1 hr, given Feb 3, 2014)
Laurie Richardson, PhD “Challenges and Approaches to the Study of Coral Health and Disease” about coral reef conservation issues, trends, drivers & causes of coral reef die offs, and challenges posed by diseases (1 hr, given Feb 26, 2014)
John Reynolds, PhD “Aquatic Animal Health in a Changing World: What is a health professional to do?” concerning conservation medicine and ecological biodiversity of marine mammals, and what may be achievable in the future (1 hr, given March 26, 2014)
Iske Larkin, PhD “Conservation Issues of Aquatic Animals” dealing with how aquatic animals & human activities fit into conservation medicine, and the interactions that are necessary for balanced ecosystems (1 hr, given Aug. 21, 2013)
Martine de Wit, DVM “Unusual Manatee Mortality Events” explaining a variety of manatee deaths & how they were investigated to determine the actual cause (1 hr, given Oct 30, 2013)
Michelle Davis, DVM, DACZM “Stranding & Rehabilitation Programs" covering an overview of Sea World’s veterinary rehabilitation of marine mammal, sea turtle, avian & other species, and research programs with these animals (51 min, given Nov. 20, 2013)

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Yours sincerely,

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

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University
See advert on YouTube.

Ewww! Oysters with herpes! Bloody POMS!

2016/02/04 at 05:22 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Just did an attention-grabbing headline. It could give people the wrong impression. But seriously, this is why biosecurity is a must for all farmed animals, supported by good surveillance and comprehensive testing.

Read more about the incident at this link –
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-02/poms-oyster-disease-found-in-tasmania-for-first-time/7132580

A fact sheet produced by the government and oyster growers can be accessed at this link.
2011-043-POMS Long Version – Q A Fact Sheet.pdf
 

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.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

What’s the difference between a yabby, marron, gilgie/jilgie, and Australian freshwater lobster?

2016/02/03 at 07:55 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Nice one I came across in today’s newspaper.

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Invitation to Help the Next Generation of Aquatic Veterinarians

2016/02/02 at 07:38 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Have you been frustrated that there are no fish vets near you? Well, here’s a way you can help to change that!

For more than 10 years, WAVMA has developed many programs to serve the discipline of aquatic veterinary medicine, advancing the profession for the betterment of animals, society at large, and the world we live in. Two of the programs that focus specifically on veterinary students are the WAVMA Aquatic Veterinary Student Externship List and the John L. Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Education Awards Program.

The Education Awards Program’s goal is to assist veterinary students and new veterinary graduates in becoming more involved with aquatic veterinary medicine by providing financial support for activities that broaden their understanding of the varied career opportunities within the field. Since its inception in 2010, the Program has awarded over $38,000 to 58 veterinary students and recent graduates from 37 colleges and universities across 4 continents. These funds, which have come from a small number of individuals and organizations, have helped recipients participate in externships at public, private, and academic institutions and attend conferences, workshops, and short courses all over the world, as detailed in the attachment. We need your help to ensure the Program is sustainable and continues to grow.

The Program was started to honor the late John L. Pitts, DVM, who was passionate about student involvement in the profession and a global approach to aquatic veterinary medicine. His service to the profession began as a veterinary student in 1969 when he helped create a national chapter for the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. John also helped in the formation of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators, the Aquaculture and Seafood Advisory Committee of the AVMA, and he worked tirelessly to shape and encourage the passage of the Minor Uses and Minor Species Act of 2004. To continue John’s vision, a small all-volunteer committee comprised of individuals representing private practice, academia, past recipients, WAVMA student members, and the Pitts family work to administer this program.

From the number of applications that are received each year and the remarkable quality of the applicants, it is clear the Program is filling an important need and making a difference in the lives of people who are shaping the future of aquatic veterinary medicine. We have accomplished a lot. With your help we can do more.

Your donation to the John L. Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Education Awards Program will make a difference. Please help us expand the number of students who are finding their place in the global field of aquatic veterinary medicine.

To make a donation and to learn more about this exciting program, please visit PittsEduAwards-Admin.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Walster BVMS MVPH CertAqV MRCVS

WAVMA President 2015

Nick Saint-Erne, DVM, CertAqV

Certified Aquatic Veterinarian

WAVMA President 2016

Impacts of Pitts Edu Awards Program.pdf

Fish joke for Monday-itis: What do you call the study of the saddest aquatic creature?

2016/02/01 at 07:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Answer: Malacology.

Joke inspired by Prof. Lewbart’s webinar.

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