NEW services manual of The Fish Vet (2017).

The Fish Vet is the only aquatic veterinary practice that combines a mobile service for on-site support, as well as off-site veterinary pathology testing, offering our clients a complete and comprehensive veterinary service.

If it lives in water, choose the wetter vets!

Together, our team of aquatic veterinarians and fish health specialists services crustacea (prawns/shrimp), finfish aquaculture (salmonids, barramundi, silver perch, and more), molluscs (abalone, oysters), ornamental pet fishes (koi, goldfish, Cichlids, marines), public aquaria (sharks, rays, Syngnathids), educational institutions (zebrafish), and more.

DOWNLOAD the latest version here – TFV-Services-&-Fees-2017 (postal address updated 23/2/2017).

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist


Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.


Fish Vetting Medicines: Formulary of Fish Treatments.

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.

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.

What happens if WSSV is not eradicated?

During this time, there would be teams working in feasibility studies on whether it’s possible to eradicate the crustacean white spot syndrome viral disease.

If eradication is not feasible, then a national decision would need to be made, with support for developing a national management program.

Resourcing would be adjusted and likely reduce, as the ‘transition to management plan’ occurs.

A management plan would focus on limiting the spread of the WSSV and minimising the impact on affected industries.

This work would include identifying key areas where further research and information is required to improve management outcomes and market access.

Additional surveillance and testing of WSSV would take place within the current control zone to provide confidence that the WSSV is not present in Australia. The government may use new technology such as environmental DNA (eDNA). This will provide quantitative data surveillance of wild crustaceans. And this is a technique pioneered by our colleague, Dr Giana from The Fish Vet team for her PhD.

The Quarantine Area Notice to minimise the risk of spreading WSSV within the state, including treatment of commercial shrimp would remain in place.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.


​Fish Vetting Essentials – the inspiration behind the MUST-HAVE book.

Still, 6 years after publishing my red book on fish health, I’m still getting online orders. How did this book come about?

As a new gradute veterinarian (in 2001), I started accumulating every useful (and legitimate) tidbits of information on fish medicine. Then as I prepared for my post-graduate examinations on aquatic animal health, I continued adding to this.

I’m passionate about helping improve the health of fishes. I wrote down the exact problems, and answers to questions for the exams, and for my work with fish, and shared it with other veterinarians at conferences. 

Before I knew it, more and more people asked for a copy of my little booklet. And the feedback completely blew me away.
One veterinarian thought they’d never be confident enough to see fish, but after reading it, they gained confidence and is now a fish veterinarian for life.

Fish VettingEssentials is a respected and inspiring source of up-to-date information.

As more and more success stories poured in, I was overwhelmed by the response.

Needless to say, this proved that ANYONE could use my formulas in this book for successfully diagnosing and treating fish diseases. 

I’ve been in the publishing world long enough to know I didn’t want to go the traditional publishing route, where the writer has limited control over the final product and no direct relationship with the reader.
So, in 2011, I decided to self-publish and share updates directly and exclusively from my website.
Think of it as ten years of blood, sweat and tears distilled down into one red book. Like taking all the information from the internet, filtering out all the myths and misinformation, down into a book.
In this book you’ll learn:
1. How to harness the power of the microscope.
2. How to interpret water quality test results.
3. How to predict disease issues before diseases happen. 
4. How to successfully treat diseased fish.
The “invisible disease” most aquarists don’t even know how to diagnose. Once you make this diagnosis, you will have unstoppable confidence to know what treatment, dose rate, and frequency to treat with.
The one book that transforms you from a novice, to an expert. 
You get it all in the form of a trusted red book.
This book is NOT for everyone.

Bad Things Will Happen

If you’re on the fence, let me offer a blunt prediction.
Here’s what will happen if you say “no” or “maybe later” to this offer.
You’ll misdiagnose fish diseases, you’ll give the incorrect treatment that will do no good, or worse, would kill the fish, you’ll give incorrect advice,….

That would be tragic.

Especially since you were just ONE CLICK away from getting the keys to the wisdom.
Don’t let that happen to you.
Don’t let your fish die, and you, haunted by regret.
In case you just skimmed through this post, here’s the deal:
Download your sample copy of Fish Vetting Essentials for Free at –

Use our CONTACT FORM to place your order now (link).

How will KHV impact your koi health?

How will your pet koi fare? What can you do to reduce the likelihood of disease taking down your entire collection?

Recently, I moderated the WAVMA-hosted webinar on KHV. Learn moreat (free) –

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

Quarantine alert might have prevented white spot disease outbreak, review finds| The Guardian.

The risk could have been reduced if Biosecurity Queensland was made aware that federal authorities were investigating organised breaches of importation laws, under the codename Operation Cattai.”

Proven strategy to curing fish diseases – six steps.

The Fish keeping “industry” is full of myths. People are being advised to do all sorts of crazy things, most of which have no evidence behind them. Over the years, however, I have found a number of strategies that seem to be effective at curing fish diseases.
Here are 6 steps that actually work.
1. OBTAIN a correct diagnosis, often can’t tell what’s wrong just on clinical signs alone.  Need evidence, water results, microscopic examinations, laboratory testing, whatever it takes.

2. Don’t stop at the first diagnosis. There may be more than one thing wrong.

3. Choose the right medicine class to suit the diagnosis. 

4. Select the best method of administration.

5. Stick to plan, and keep your veterinarian informed with regular updates. 

6. Be able to change plans to suit unique situations.

DIAGNOSIS, it helps you know what to do.

DOWNLOAD the latest version of our Services Manual here – TFV-Services-&-Fees-2017 (postal address updated 23/2/2017).

​What’s your fish obsession score?

You know you’re obsessed with fish when…

#1. You own at least two aquariums, two ponds and an aquaponics system, and countless numbers of fishes.
#2. All large pots and planter boxes are fair game for turning into a pond.
#3. You stare intensely in every drain, river, pond or lake for fish. 
#4. You tell your friends with swimming pools, “You should really make it into a fish pond.”
#5. When you wife (or partner) says you cannot have anymore fish tanks.
#6. You own so many aquatic plush toys. 
#7. You can recite every line in Finding Nemo. 
#8. You must visit the public aquarium in any city you travel to. 
#9. You can stay staring at fish for hours on end.
#10. You never come home empty-handed after visiting the fish shop.
#11. You love marvelling at the variety of fishes at the fish market.
#12. The song played at your wedding  is “Unda da sea”, and “Kiss da girl” (from The Little Mermaid). 
#13. Your friends tag you on ever social media post that has to do with fish. 
#14. You spend all your free time reading about fishes.
#15. You know scientific names of several fish species. 
#16. You light up with energy when the conversation is about fish.
#17. You’re frequently having to debunk the myth of fish having a three-second memory. 
#18. You get a job working with fish.
#19. Your presents you’re given are always fish-themed.
#20. You get The Fish Vet out to check on your fish!

I’m afraid I’m guilty on all counts 😛