Secrets revealed in Dr Loh’s Fish Vetting Series.

There are no secrets in the treatment of fish diseases as seen in Dr Loh’s new YouTube channel < >.

You can learn more about how it is done with his practical manuals and instructional videos, available from his website (use your desktop computer).

This series of publications has helped promote fish health and welfare globally:

• Fish Vetting Essentials” (book)

• “Fish Vetting Medicines – Formulary of Fish Treatments” (book)

• “Fish Vetting Techniques & Practical Tips” (DVD).

Get your copies today and begin fish vetting with confidence.

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About the author:

As “The Fish Vet”, Dr Richmond Loh and his team across Australia provide veterinary, and
pathology services for a range of clients including pet fish, display aquaria, retailers and fish farmers.
He has been admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by
examinations in the subjects of Pathobiology, and Aquatic Animal Health. He is a Certified Aquatic
Veterinarian and has been awarded the George Alexander International Fellowship by the
International Specialised Skills Institute.

Pertinent Posts:

• President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA, 2014)

• Secretary for the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College
of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS, 2015)

• Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University

• WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator (2013 to

The Fish Vet’s Services

The Fish Vet offers a comprehensive aquatic veterinary services in a range of locations across Australia. Our aquatic veterinarians are based in Perth (WA), Brunswick (Victoria), Sydney/Gosford (NSW) and Duffy (ACT). Our aquatic specialists are based in Townsville (Queensland) and in Singapore.


The Fish Vet, a one-stop-shop: there is no duplication of work, and no loss of time or information between management and consultant.

Services offered through The Fish Vet include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for diseases
  • Management advice
  • Health certification
  • Supply of veterinary resources
  • Education and research

We service the following sectors:

  • Pet ornamentals (e.g. home aquariums, pond, aquaponics)
  • Display aquaria (e.g. public aquariums and zoos)
  • Commercial ornamentals (e.g. ornamental fish farms, retailers, wholesalers, exporters)
  • Education (e.g. universities, researchers, hobby groups)

DOWNLOAD OUR SERVICES MANUAL –> TFV Services and Fees 2018-19

Fish Joke for Monday-itis: voice dictation

With so much to do, I’ve been using voice-dictation to write my reports.

There are a couple of words that I have constant trouble, trying to train it to type what I say.

See if you can guess what the words are:


brink your pussy

prank empathy

bronchial apathy


a parasites

her parasites

are packed sites

are patchy sites

have to sites

for patter sites

habitus sites

have had a site

a pizza sites

Can you guess what the words were?



Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{


Cephalopod arms, legs and tentacles!

Did you know…
Barring a few exceptions, octopuses have eight arms and no tentacles, while squid and cuttlefish have eight arms (or two “legs” and six “arms”) and two tentacles. The limbs of nautiluses, which number around 90 and lack suckers altogether, are called tentacles.


Fish Joke for Monday-itis: “FISH” redefined!

Check out the many meanings FISH can be in the urban dictionary!

Which one do you like best?

1. A drag queen term for a drag queen who looks like a real woman.

2. A new inmate at prison.

3. A new measurement system based on the ca. lenght of a fish (20cm).

4. An animal that lives in the water and swims.

5. Means “F4ck It Shit Happens!


Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Oscar fish survives house fire!

First, “Redd” our oscar cichlid fish succumbs to hole-in-the-head disease (HITH, usually ascribed to Hexamita flagellated protozoa). Just as he was on the road to recovery, his house caught on fire! How did he survive through these ordeals?

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Fish Joke for Monday-itis: fishy names.

True story…

While studying at university, I used to work at the local public aquarium (Underwater World) as a waiter. I had a boss by the name of Mr J. Sharkey!

One of my best friend’s name is Dr B. Gill!

And when I first started working as a veterinarian, I had a colleague by the name Dr Barry Munday!

And I was going to name my first son, Oscar!

My second son got the name Archer (fish)!

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Carpinator quits

COTTON growers have backed the appointment of the so called ‘Carpinator’ to improve the environment of river systems in the Murray Darling Basin...

“The potential environmental outcomes of the National Carp Control Plan should be recognised by governments within the Murray Darling Basin Plan, and so we call for a significant reduction in the amount of water recovery required to achieve environmental outcomes,” Mr Murray said.

“In the past a credit to the Sustainable Diversion Limit of 200GL has been proposed, and we believe this would be an appropriate outcome once the Carp Control Plan is in effect.”

The CARPINATOR: Matt Barwick has stepped down from the role as national coordinator for the National Carp Control Plan.

Carp-culling project will be a one-hit wonder, experts warn.

Herd immunity will allow invasive fish to repopulate waterways

Common carp are an introduced and invasive species in Australia’s waterways. Photo Pixabay
Associate Professor Joy Becker is a member of the National Carp Control Program Scientific Advisory Group. Her research suggests the CyHV3 virus will not overcome the carp’s ‘remarkable fecundity’.

A federal government plan to slash carp fish numbers in Australia’s waterways by infecting the pest-species with a herpes virus will be a one-hit wonder, University of Sydney experts are warning.

The warning published last week in Australian Zoologist comes as the Fisheries Research and Development Corporationinvestigates whether to go ahead with a planned release of the virus in an effort to help rebuild native fish numbers in Australia’s waterways.

“The release of this herpes virus in our waterways will undoubtedly cause a single epidemic of herpesvirus disease resulting in massive deaths among carp,” said the study’s lead author Associate Professor Joy Becker of the University’s School of Life Environmental Sciences.

“However, there’s little evidence to suggest that we will see repeated outbreaks of a magnitude to counter the reproductive potential of the surviving carp.”

This conclusion is based on a review of evidence from around the world examining the impact of the koi herpesvirus (CyHV3) on common carp in natural and farmed environments.

Associate Professor Joy Becker at the University’s Camden campus.
Photo by Rachael Di-masi

Associate Professor Becker and her author-colleagues, Professor Michael Ward and Dr Paul Hick from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, say that the likelihood of carp population being controlled by releasing the virus is significantly reduced due to herd immunity and the carp’s “remarkable fecundity”.

They warn this means the government’s $15m culling program, which was announced in parliament by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, could be a one-hit wonder.

The research team said their great concern is how quickly the CyHV3 virus reaches balance in host populations, which occurred within two years in a study in Japan.

Dr Becker, who is a member of the government’s National Carp Control Program Scientific Advisory Group, has communicated her advice to the NCCP and to colleagues at scientific meetings.

Source: Pet Industry News Newsletter 19th November 2018.

BUT, “Barnaby Joyce has recently demanded the herpes virus be immediately released contrary to the advice of the experts.

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Congratulations to Dr Loh, the newest Distinguished Fellow of WAVMA!

[Each year the Board Members of WAVMA ask themselves this question…]

Are there any individual members that truly stand out, that have made a huge contribution, not only to the organisation itself, but have also made a contribution to aquatic veterinary medicine, and encouraging other people to get involved, to help them, mentor them and do it.

This might come as a little surprise because we don’t do this every year. When the board sits down and looks at this, they look for these people and they give them recognition as a Fellow of the WAVMA. This is rather a distinguished recognition, and I would like to as Dr Richmond Loh, to come up and accept the plaque…

Watch the event at this link.

The honor of Fellowship is bestowed to outstanding WAVMA members who have contributed significantly to the development of aquatic veterinary medicine practice, art and science. It is to honor those members who have distinguished themselves amongst their peers.

It requires three WAVMA members to nominate a member who has contributed significantly to the development of aquatic veterinary medicine. The nomination will subsequently be scrutinised by a committee of peers with the awarding of a fellowship recognising this contribution. The program was developed as there are few if any mechanisms to internationally recognise aquatic veterinarians who have contributed significantly to the field, except through academia. As such there are several categories of contribution which can lead to nomination.

WAVMA Fellows are full members of WAVMA who have been recognized by their peers and the WAVMA Executive Board as contributing to the development of aquatic veterinary medicine through clinical endeavor, scientific research, teaching or other significant ways. The WAVMA Fellow designation is a prestigious honorarium that recognizes the commitment to and achievement in the field of aquatic veterinary medicine.

Dr Loh will join the other ten in list of WAVMA fellows –

Richmond Loh (2018)

Nick Saint-Erne (2017)

Mohamed Faisal (2016)

Grace Karreman (2013)

Peter L. Merrill (2012)

Marian McLoughin (2013)

Dusan Palic (2013)

Ronald J. Roberts (2012)

A. David Scarfe (2012)

Julius M. Tepper (2012)

Christopher I. Walster (2012)