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.

Laboratory Study Shows Future Generations of Fish Affected by Endocrine Disruptor Exposure.

2015/03/26 at 08:14 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

“This study examined concentrations of EE2 and BPA that are not expected to be found in most environmental situations. However, concerns remain about the possibility of passing on adverse reproductive effects to future generations at lower levels. At this time, the ability to evaluate mixtures of estrogenic chemicals working jointly is limited.”

Summary: Fish exposed to the endocrine-disrupting chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) or 17a-ethinylestradiol (EE2) in a laboratory have been found to pass adverse reproductive effects onto their offspring up to three generations later, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Missouri

Australian advancements in animal welfare as it applies to Commercial Capture Fish – Welfare Guidelines

2015/03/24 at 07:34 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

We are making headway. Read on.

Have your fish spawned this season? Are they egg-bound?

2015/03/23 at 13:12 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Don’t forget to attend the presentation that’s on tomorrow night!

For more information, see –


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

2014 President WAVMA.org

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: Did you know I have the power to make fish follow me?

2015/03/22 at 23:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Two men go in pet store first one says to the other, “I will show you the power of the superior mind.” He looks into an aquarium at a goldfish. He moves his head to the right, the goldfish moves its head to the right, the man moves his head to the left, and the fish looks to the left.

The other man says, “That’s easy! I’ll show you.” The man looks at a goldfish and proceeds to repeatedly open and close his mouth:)

Many thanks for this joke to Andrew L.


Have a FINtastic week!
R <+>{

Know the brand.

2015/03/20 at 15:08 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Antibiotic use in pets (fish) could give rise to superbugs, experts warn

2015/03/19 at 10:16 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

It’s quite common I get calls to supply medicines, especially "metro" from potential clients. There are many reasons why a veterinarian cannot prescribe/dispense/supply without seeing the patient. We need to use the medicines properly and only when it is needed. Read on to find out more…

March 19, 2015

Antibiotic use in pets could give rise to superbugs, experts warn

Buying antibiotics from pet stores could come back to haunt you, infectious disease specialist says. A lack of surveillance and uncontrolled use of antibiotics in pets across Canada could be adding to the growing problem of superbugs.

Antibiotic medicines, such as erythromycin and tetracycline (the same ones used in people), are readily available in pet shops. No questions asked or prescription required. People, on the other hand, have to see their doctors to get a prescription for such medication.

Dr. Scott Weese, an infectious disease specialist at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, said that "just completely makes no sense. If we need to use an antibiotic, we need to use it right — which means getting the right diagnosis," he said.

"We need to use the right drug, right duration. All of these things can go wrong if people access the drugs in a wrong way," said Weese, who’s also the lead author on a new consensus statement calling for greater stewardship of antibiotic use on domestic animals, which was presented at a veterinary conference last year.

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to … … .

See the source (http://tinyurl.com/pryousf) for the full story.

The “consensus statement” referred to in the news article is available at http://tinyurl.com/kcy42rk.

What is a pregnant koi called?

2015/03/18 at 08:47 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The question on "what’s a pregnant goldfish called" has been rather popular on my blog.

How about koi? The answer is the same. There’s no term for a pregnant koi since they can’t become pregnant. Their eggs are fertilised externally.

Next Wednesday, one of my students will be delivering a lecture about very fat, gravid koi that won’t spawn. What are the dangers of egg retention? What are other things that might present in this way… and how to fix it?

For more information, visit – A presentation about egg-binding (egg-retention) in koi fish.

Follow me on: Facebook "Fin Page"YouTubeBlogLinkedinTwitter

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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Four (4) top tips to help your pond fish survive through winter.

2015/03/17 at 06:44 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

As winter approaches, the water temperature will decrease. Many biological processes in fish are dependent on the water temperature, and resistance to diseases is one of the major challenges faced by outdoor fish.

What you can do during this time of the year is to:

1. dose your pond with vitamin C on a weekly basis (1-10mg/L),

2. make sure you are giving your fish the best fish foods and

3. check your water quality is optimal (pH 6.5-7.5, alkalinity 4-6 dKH, ammonia 0mg/L, nitrite 0mg/L and nitrate <50mg/L).

4. If you have introduced new fish, aquatic plants or shared pond equipment from a friend, it would be worthwhile to get your fish vet-checked to make sure you have not introduced any nasty diseases. It’s easier to treat fish while the weather is still warm, and their immune system is strong, than during the cold winter months. 

Go to http://thefishvet.com.au/

Fish Jokes for Monday-itis: What day do fish hate?

2015/03/15 at 23:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment


Especially during the season of Lent.

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Two Pet Goldfish Get Surgeries Totaling $750

2015/03/15 at 03:02 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Two Pet Goldfish Get Surgeries Totaling $750

For some people, the price of a pet’s health is never too high: A team of veterinarians in Scotland performed a set of operations on pet goldfish that cost nearly $750.

The team — from Inglis Veterinary Hospital in Fife, Scotland — removed the blind, cancerous eye of a goldfish named "Star." They also operated on another fish named "Nemo" to remove a lump. The complex operations, which cost $747 U.S. (500 British pounds), involved an exotic consultant surgeon, a vet to keep the fish anesthetized and a nurse to monitor their heart rates, hospital staff wrote in a Facebook post.

"This is a highly specialist field — using anesthetic on a goldfish carries a very high risk —and I’m delighted for the owner that everything went OK and the owners are happy," said exotic-animals expert Brigitte Lord, according to the post. "The financial value of a goldfish may be quite small, but I think the fact that someone should have paid that much for an operation reflects the true value of the bond between pets and humans."

Abby Gordon, 21, a student in Glasgow, won the fish, named Star, at a fairground stall 12 years ago, by throwing a Ping-Pong ball into a goldfish bowl. (Goldfish have an average lifespan of several decades with the proper diet and living conditions; the world’s oldest goldfish lived a whopping 43 years, according to Guinness World Records.) Abby’s mother, Jane Gordon, "didn’t want Star to be lonely," the hospital staff said, so she bought another fish, Nemo.

When a cancerous growth developed on Star’s eye, the owners sought to have it surgically removed.

During the operation, the vets listened to the fish’s blood flow by pulsing it using Doppler ultrasound equipment. They kept the animal asleep by spraying it with a syringe containing oxygenated water and an anesthetic.

After the procedure, the doctors kept Star in a bucket of oxygenated water. They held the fish’s mouth open and gently moved it around for 8 minutes to mimic a swimming action, before the animal regained consciousness.

Nemo, the fish that shares a tank with Star, had a relatively easy surgery to remove a lump.

This isn’t the first time a goldfish has gone under the knife. Last year, a goldfish named George underwent an operation to remove a life-threatening tumor from his head at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

As for Star and Nemo, both fish are now "happily reunited," according to the veterinary hospital’s Facebook post. Star is swimming around happily and is getting antibiotics, Jane Gordon said.

"I know it seems like a lot of money to spend on an operation for a goldfish, but what was the alternative?" Gordon said, according to hospital staff. "I think [we have] a social responsibility to look after our pets, and I know my daughter would have been distraught if anything had happened to the goldfish," she added

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