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.

Scholarships for veterinary students to undertake aquatic education.

2015/04/01 at 07:30 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dr. David Scarfe <DScarfe@avma.org>
Date: Monday, 30 March 2015
Subject: AquaVetMed e-News: Applications Open – 2015 WAVMA/JL Pitts Aquatic Vet Student/New Graduate Education Support Program

March 30, 2015

2015 John Pitts Aquatic Veterinary Educational Support Program for Veterinary Students & Recent Graduates


The WAVMA Board is pleased to announce that a limited amount of financial support is available to assist veterinary students and newly graduated veterinarians participate in aquatic veterinary educational activities in the next 12 months that will increase their knowledge and involvement in aquatic veterinary medicine.


Funding from these awards can be used for a variety of aquatic veterinary educational opportunities, including attending aquatic veterinary workshops or meetings, externships or internships, or to support modest aquatic veterinary research projects for which other funding is unavailable.  They may be used towards offsetting personal costs for:

·       Travel, accommodation, and/or registration at aquatic veterinary conferences, symposia and other continuing education and professional development (CEPD) meetings, including on-line aquatic CEPD;

·       Travel, accommodation, and other activities directly associated with veterinary student externships that expose individuals to clinical aquatic veterinary medicine; or,

·       Equipment and supplies needed for aquatic veterinary research projects not funded by other financial sources.


Applications for the 2015 Program close on May 15, 2015.  Awards will be made on a competitive basis based on information submitted by each applicant, with 2015 awards to be announced in mid to late June.


For more information and to download the application form, go to www.wavma.org/scholarships.  A 2015 flyer is attached for posting on bulletin boards.  Please feel free to distribute this information to interested veterinary students and new graduates.


Program Coordinators


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 www.AquaVetMed.info.



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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Could your fish be harbouring a disease “time bomb”? What are the 15 signs shown by fish with disease?

2015/04/01 at 07:17 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

People keeping fish in outdoor ponds and aquaponics are reminded to check fish for evidence of fish diseases now, to prevent problems over winter and spring. Autumn is a critical time for disease control because parasitic infestations present now determines the risk of winter and spring problems.

Below is a list of things to look out for:

Behavioural abnormalities

• Loss of balance, bobs, or swimming upside down.

• Erratic/spiral swimming.

• Separating from group/sulks in the corner.

• Staying near the surface or piping.

• Flashing/body scraping.

• Increased respiration (increased opercula rate).

• Fin clamping (fins held flat against the body).

Physical abnormalities/External gross pathology

• Change in colour.

• Skin/fin lesions (white-red; proliferative-ulcerative).

• Cloudy skin (indicates excess mucous production due to an irritant).

• Exophthalmos/endophthalmos (unilateral-bilateral).

• Poor body condition (indicated by “sunken belly”, or disproportionately large head for body size).

• Abdominal swelling & subcutaneous oedema =“dropsy”.

• Gills pale (anaemic), with excess mucus (gill irritation), or tan brown colour (suggests methaemoglobin formation).

• Carrying a long faecal trail (indicates intestinal disease).

Autumn is the ideal time to check for parasites that may have increased in numbers over the summer.

Get your fish checked by a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian.

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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.

Free Webinar: Water Quality 101 for the Practicing Fish Doctors.

2015/03/31 at 09:27 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

WAVMA Webinar B-1010 – Water Quality 101 for Aquatic Veterinarians

Join us for a free webinar on April 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM (AWST – Perth, Western Australia).

Click http://tinyurl.com/ogw4vpz to see the time in your local time zone.

Register now! at http://tinyurl.com/njrahuo

Fishes and other aquatic animals live in a unique environment and in-depth knowledge of how water quality will affect biological processes including respiration, nutrition, hydration, excretion and more life-sustaining functions is essential for practicing aquatic veterinary medicine.

This presentation will provide an overview of the nitrogen cycle and a number of water quality parameters that affect fish health and disease, and treatment plans. Also covered will be practical ways to evaluate, monitor and correct water quality problems caused by shifts in temperature, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, carbonate hardness, general hardness, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, salinity and other physio-chemical parameters.

Speaker: Dr Richmond Loh BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Vet Path), MANZCVS (Aquatic & Path), CertAqV

Learning Objectives – participants will learn:

  1. The temperature, salinity, pH, KH, GH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate (the nitrogen cycle), dissolved oxygen and carbon dioxide requirements of different fish species.
  2. How to manage and prevent water quality issues using physical & biological filters, aeration, water flow, aquatic plants, water exchanges, fish stocking density, feeding rates, etc.
  3. How to collect and transport water samples, and to generate water quality test results.

This webinar is suitable for veterinarians, vet techs/nurses, vet students, research scientists and aquarists/aquarium husbandry staff.

NOTE: this webinar will be recorded. If you register for the live webinar and are unable to attend, you will be sent a link to view the webinar at a later time.

Want CEPD credit? (Registration is required)
Information on how to access the recorded webinar (at no cost), and a short knowledge & skills assessment (KSA or quiz) covering the webinar’s principle learning objectives, in order to earn veterinary Continuing Educational & Professional Development (CEPD) credit will be e-mailed to all registrants in 1-2 weeks after the webinar.

As CEPD credit can be used towards re-licensing or registration requirements to practice veterinary medicine, and requirements for becoming a WAVMA Certified Aquatic Veterinarian. We provide WAVMA Members a discount off the US$25.00 fee for earning CEPD credit ($5 for student members, $15 for all others).

Register now for this free live WAVMA WebCEPD webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3512308895861462786. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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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.

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: Which aquatic animal has the smelliest breath?

2015/03/29 at 22:40 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The Abalone (Haliotis | short for halitosis?)


Have a FINtastic week!
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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!
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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.

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