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.

Do you know if goldfish eat each other?

2015/05/28 at 08:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Weird question, but not such a silly question. I was asked to write about it recently. What do you think?

Find my answer at this link.

How are fish collected and identified?

2015/05/27 at 08:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment


By the WA museum – http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/collections/aquatic-zoology/fish-ichthyology-section/collecting-fish

Invitation to event: Celebrating the rejuvenation of Lake Marmion

2015/05/26 at 08:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The Department of Fisheries invites you to celebrate with us at the final stage of a three year program to restore Lake Marmion to a more natural and healthy state!


In late 2012 the pest catfish (Tandanus tandanus) and the aquatic weed Salvinia molesta was found to have infested Lake Marmion. At the time, the pest catfish was the first confirmed wild population of this species in Western Australia and carried a fish disease never seen in Australia before that presented an extreme health risk to native fish. Working in partnership with the City of Melville and other agencies, the pest catfish and aquatic weed was successfully eradicated.


As a final step of the project, the lake will be restocked with native fish to help create a healthier, more balanced aquatic environment in the lake. This project demonstrates how working in partnership can result in greater outcomes that benefit the community as a whole.


This project brings Western Australia closer to achieving our ultimate goal of keeping our oceans, rivers and lakes healthy and beautiful now and in the future.


Thursday 4th June 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Lake Marmion

Marmion Reserve, Myaree 6154


Introductions by

Dr Lindsay Joll, Acting Deputy Director General, Department of Fisheries WA,



Hon Ken Baston MLC, Minister for Fisheries



Mayor Russell Aubrey, Mayor of the City of Melville


Light refreshments will be provided

We look forward to seeing you there

RSVP by 29 May 2015 to Helen Rice, 9482 7205 or helen.rice@fish.wa.gov.au


Fish joke for Monday-itis: Why are whales good at swimming?

2015/05/24 at 23:05 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Because they are porpoise-built!


Have a FINtastic week!
R <+>{

Amazing Ornamental Fish and celebrations Brazilian style!

2015/05/23 at 00:51 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Watch this video I found on Project Piaba : https://vimeo.com/124670986

I want to go!
Some screen shots from the video:


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

Register today for your, Complimentary WAVMA Webinar on cuttlefish diagnostics.

2015/05/19 at 16:33 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

B-1012 – Anatomical & histopathology exploration of cuttlefish (Sepia spp.) Vibrio infections

Join this live interactive webinar on June 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM AEST (Sydney, NSW, Australia, +10 GMT).

Click http://tinyurl.com/wavmawebcepdb1012 to see the time in your local time zone.

Register now! at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1646151791786816257

Speaker:  Dr Cheryl Sangster BSc, DVM, MVSc, DipACVP (Veterinary Pathologist, Taronga Zoo)

The presentation will introduce participants to the general anatomy and histology of the cuttlefish (Sepia spp.). Using this knowledge, we’ll examine a case study of Vibrio alginolyticus infections in these animals, and explore how the anatomy and physiology help explain the pathogenesis.

Learning Objectives – participants will learn:
1. Basic cephalopod general anatomy & histology
2. Vibrio alginolyticus routes of infections, pathology and disease

This webinar is suitable for:
– veterinarians,
– vet techs/nurses,
– vet students and
– veterinary practice staff.

Interested, but can’t attend? Register anyway and we’ll notify you when the recording is ready.

Feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues.


Register now for this free live WAVMA WebCEPD webinar

WAVMA WebCEPD Program Coordinator:

Discover more about the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association at www.WAVMA.org.

Get listed in the on-line Directory of Aquatic Veterinarians and subscribe to AquaVetMed e-News by registering at http://www.AquaVetMed.info

Fish joke for Monday-itis: What’s the first day of the working week for fish veterinarians?

2015/05/17 at 22:50 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment




Have a FINtastic week!
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What’s Dr Loh doing in Bangkok this week?

2015/05/15 at 07:26 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Dr Loh, The Fish Vet, in Perth, Western Australia is unavailable until 21 May 2015. He is making a few presentations at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference in Bangkok this week. You can follow Dr Loh’s movements and updates on his Facebook “Fin Page”.


If your matter requires urgent attention, please use the contact form on his website so he can arrange for his colleague to attend to your fish. If you are not in WA, check the Aquatic Veterinary Directory at  www.AquaVetMed.info for a list of veterinarians in your area.

Please be advised that we receive multiple requests for help. As each response takes time, should you wish to proceed, there is a fee. Fees are commensurate with either the difficulty of or the years of post-graduate training required to properly care for patients. Remote consultancy (e.g. via Skype or email) is available by choosing the item from the shopping cart athttp://thefishvet.com.au/shop/shopping.html

If you require a response from me please resend your e-mail on or after I return if I haven’t already responded. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


In the meantime, please check my blog for information on your topic at www.thefishvet.com

You can also follow me on: Facebook “Fin Page” – YouTube  – Blog – Linkedin – Twitter

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

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

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

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

See advert on YouTube.

How long do fish live for? This video will astound you.

2015/05/14 at 09:08 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Watch this video to find out –


Can I keep algae-eaters in my fish pond?

2015/05/13 at 07:21 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The answer is yes, and no…

All the fish commonly available at fish shops that eat algae (e.g. Chinese algae-eaters, plecostomus, kissing gourami) require tropical water conditions (i.e. ~24 degrees Celsius) to survive. Koi and goldfish, on the other hand, can tolerate water temperatures of close to freezing, to 30+ degrees Celsius. Their wide temperature tolerance is what makes them ideal for unheated outdoor ponds in most parts of the world.

If you live in a tropical country (i.e. near the equator), then you can happily house many different fishes in your pond, including algae-eaters. But if you live where there is significant seasonal temperature differences (spring, summer, autumn/fall, and winter), and intend to keep tropical fishes, you’ll need to maintain water temperature at ~24 degrees Celsius with a heater.

How many algae-eating fish can I stock in the pond?

The number of algae eaters will largely depend on how many fish are already in the pond, and your filtration capacity, the stage of maturity of the biofilter (familiarise yourself with "new tank syndrome"), and the amount of algae available. The latter would be one of the most important factor because these fish are grazers, and tend to eat slowly. If they are housed with fish that have a ravenous appetite, then they can only rely on the natural algae growth for their food. My suggestion would be to stock algae-eaters at a rate of 1 per month, until you reach a happy balance between the number of fish and available algae.

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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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