The Fish Vet provides diagnostic services for all things fish. Now with bases in PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE

2016/04/26 at 07:25 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

TheFishVet provides a comprehensive diagnostic laboratory services for all fish and shellfish species including pet-fish, aquacultured food-fish, and aquatic animals in public aquaria, research projects and for export testing.

Dr Richmond Loh is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian, a NATA-signatory, and has completed post-graduate examinations in both Pathobiology, and Aquatic Animal Health.

We have team mates based in Melbourne and Townsville who can also service your needs.

TheFishVet’s Lab provides diagnostic services to clients in the fields of:

  • Histopathology
  • Microbiology
  • Cytology
  • Biochemistry

For a complete list of services and fees, please download the manual below.

TFV Services and Fees 2016


THE FISH VET | PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE |
Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
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Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University

This drug-delivering PowerGel is the Band-Aid for fish – that works!

2015/12/10 at 07:01 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Human beings have so many kinds of wound dressing, but it’s unlikely an injured fish can ever wear a Band-Aid quite like humans.

Dr Richmond Loh at TheFishVet has pioneered using a special powder, that when applied to fish skin, will stick to it, forming a gel-like material that can be used as a “smart fish band-aid”.

The PowerGel fish bandage matrix has numerous advantages. It can be applied to any area of the body, including delicate structures like fins; is able to absorb any aqueous liquid, allowing the gel to be impregnated with a variety of medicines like antibiotics, allowing direct localised activity for sustained release over time.

“I’ve been using it clinically for the last 10+ years. It’s worked on freshwater and marine turtles, freshwater and marine teleosts, amphibians and crabs. I’ve only two cases where it’s not stuck (Wobbegong shark skin ulcer, and dolphin mouth ulcer)… I’ve since got veterinarians around the world who work at zoos and aquariums, using it. They think it’s amazing stuff!” says Dr Loh.

The PowerGel Fish Bandage would prove an excellent solution for things like the treatment of skin ulcers, burns, post-incision wound care, finrot and other external skin conditions.

It’s A MUST-HAVE for every fish emergency kit.

Watch how it works – http://youtu.be/GHJtZRrx8IU

Get it today, because sick fish can’t wait.

Visit http://www.thefishvet.com.au/shop/shopping.html

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet
President WAVMA 2014
Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University
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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.

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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).

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3. I can work through your local veterinarian to achieve a suitable outcome. See picture below.

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4. 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

 5. 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

There is no better way to teach or learn, than to show, or be shown.

FISH VETTING TECHNIQUES & PRACTICAL TIPS reveals the best ways to treat any type of fish.

This DVD is the most valuable resource for all fish vets, aquarists, fish shop owners, vet schools and zoos – so buy it now!

All your questions about veterinary procedures on treating all fish types are answered in this DVD.

Experienced Australian fish vet Dr Richmond Loh takes you on an absorbing journey into the world of fish vetting: learn how to take skin mucus scrapes and blood samples, inject fish, 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.

Don’t wait! Order a copy of Fish Vetting Techniques & Practical Tips.

Buy a copy now – soon you will be able to treat any fish with full 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).

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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).

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

see the adverts:

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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.
BUY THE BOOKS HERE.

What’s worse? Feral carp or feral cats? How are we controlling them?

2016/07/22 at 15:40 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The Australian Veterinary Association published in their journal, "Feral cats: The greatest threat to Australia’s native animals."

On average, each cat hunted 20 times a day with a 30% success rate. So on average, each cat killed seven animals a day, but ate only two-thirds of the animals they killed. This means that analyses of cat stomach contents will underestimate their impact. Data suggests that feral cats are probably killing around three million native animals a year in the Mornington-Marion Downs (Kimberley) area alone,” he said.

If feral cats are so bad, what would you say if someone were to unleash into the wild, FIV, calicivirus or feline panleukopaenia as a biocontrol measure? This could kill your pet cats.

This is no different to the release of KHV to control feral carp, which would also kill people’s pet koi.

We’ve had this discussion on a veterinarians forum. The consensus between my veterinary peers is that reliable vaccines need to be made available to pet owners before even considering release of a biocontrol agent. Moreover, we have to be certain that the disease will not affect native species, or other unintended species.

Read more of article on feral cats at this link –
http://www.ava.com.au/13586


Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

Latest stories about the fishing and aquaculture industry.

2016/07/22 at 06:10 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

For the latest stories about the fishing and aquaculture industry, go to http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/industry/fishing-aquaculture/

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University

Looking for more books? Check out this site.

See advert on YouTube.

Friday fun fact – ninja turtles are relatives of The Fish Vet!

2016/07/21 at 23:06 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Did you know that a couple of the teenage mutant ninja turtles are related to Dr Richmond Loh?

They are Donatel Loh and Michaelangel Loh.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

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

PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA. 

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383

Why is TheFishVet, now a team?

2016/07/21 at 07:40 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Having TheFishVet Team distributed around the country means that we’re able to be on the ground, and be able to service our clients personally.

Having team-mates will allow us to grow our expertise collectively to help make a difference particularly in areas such as disease diagnosis and prevention in fish health.

We are a vertically integrated Veterinary Solutions Team, with members on the ground to collect information and samples, qualified Pathologist to do the lab testing, and clinicians to institute treatments.

A team that encompasses experiences in shrimp, abalone, food-fish, turtles and ornamentals. What more can you ask for?

Try us in
PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

For all your Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

http://www.thefishvet.com.au

Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

Making it easier to start an aquaculture business.

2016/07/20 at 05:23 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

The Aquaculture Project

The Department of Finance in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and other agencies, industry groups and stakeholders will identify compliance points and regulatory hurdles that are impeding the development of the aquaculture sector in WA, including abalone, prawns, pearling, marron, mussels, marine finfish and other species.

The team will look for opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden by working with stakeholders to make practical recommendations that will have a real impact on business operators, while retaining the necessary protections that ensure Western Australia remains a clean, safe, and disease-free location to develop aquaculture.

The team’s red tape targets include the regulatory approvals process, licencing conditions and exemptions, reporting and monitoring systems and other issues that may arise during consultations. They are inviting the public and interested stakeholders to submit any comments to their Aquaculture Survey

Read more here .

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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
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

W: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet
President WAVMA 2014
Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University
See advert on YouTube.
Looking for more books? Check out this site.

Tips when treating fish with copper, that will save your fish!

2016/07/19 at 05:51 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Copper is a common treatment for many different parasitic diseases in fish, in both freshwater and marine.

Though, saying this, copper is not always the preferred choice for many reasons.

Copper is toxic to certain fish species and invertebrates, and at lower pH.

Where fish can tolerate copper, we are using sufficient amount to kill the parasites, but less than what would kill the fish. The target amount of copper must be maintained at ~0.2 mg/L. There is an art to maintaining this level stable in the water body, for the duration of treatment. And a reliable, easy to use, copper test-kit is a must.

Copper levels may to drop due to adsorption by carbon filtration and so this must be removed. Copper also binds to bicarbonates and carbonates (which is high in marines). This binding of copper may be reversed if salinity increases, so you must maintain salinity.

Ensure you only feed manufactured diet, rather than fresh/frozen crustacea (like brine shrimp) because the latter can bioaccumulate enough copper to be toxic to fish that eat them!

After completion of copper treatment, use carbon to filter it out.

For advice on diagnosis, treatment and test kits, contact The Fish Vet.


Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383

Dolphin and shark sightings are becoming more common in the Swan River, with a recent report that the 2.5 meter predator came within 15 meters of the shore in Nedlands.

2016/07/18 at 07:56 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Perhaps our rivers are getting saltier?

Read more here.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University

Looking for more books? Check out this site.

See advert on YouTube.

Fish joke for Monday-itis: Still waters.

2016/07/17 at 23:00 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Q: Why do people say,”Still waters run deep”?

A: Because they are highly reflective!

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Two-headed prawn!!! Radiation? EDCs?

2016/07/15 at 02:18 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

Read more here.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

Listicle: When is it cost-effective to call a veterinarian to treat your fish?

2016/07/14 at 08:09 | Posted in Veterinary Fish Medicine | Leave a comment

In preparation for my conference presentations, I sent one of my students on an assignment.

He had to visit a local pet store, and collect information on fish medicines, namely:

  1. Regular retail prices
  2. What diseases they are used for, and
  3. Dose rates.

I then analysed the data and compared this with an average aquarium size of 300L and a pond size of 4000L. I arrived at the following conclusions:

  • Some drugs are extremely hazardous to users (e.g. trichlorfon is an endocrine disrupting chemical [see link]; formalin is carcinogenic; malachite green is so dangerous that it’s banned for use in food-fish). Do you want excess amounts of these drugs lying around where your children or pet/s may accidentally become exposed?
  • The most expensive medicines used to “self-treat” are bacterial (e.g. triple sulpha), flukes (e.g. praziquantel), and macroparasites (e.g. trichlorfon). If you have an aquarium, it might break even, provided fish respond. If you have a pond, it is actually cheaper to get a vet out.
  • Cost of “self-treatment” is based on having a correct diagnosis initially, and it is generally based on “luck” in choosing the correct drug (it might even be easier to win the lottery).
  • But, what if, your fish disease is caused by not one, but by many disease agents? In my experience, it’s quite common for multiple diseases to be present, and compounded by environmental factors. A single type of treatment would not suffice.
  • Cautionary notes on label may be inadequate. There are dangers of simultaneous, or sequential, random administration of drugs, without caution for multi-species tank (e.g. trichlorfon has cummulative effects; malachite green is harmful to fish like loaches; copper is toxic to clownfish…).
  • Label instructions do not account for water conditions. Treatments need to take water parameters into account (e.g. temperature affects lifecycle of parasites and this is vital for timing of repeat administration; general hardness affects efficacy of drugs like tetracycline is useless at rates on the label for hardwater and marine fishes because most of the drug will be chelated).
  • Label instructions may not account for disease agent. For example antibiotics should always be given as a course to avoid antibiotics resistance (some labels suggest to only treat once, when a minimum of 2-3 repeats is required to complete a course of antibiotics). In another example, time of application of repeats for parasiticides need to address egg or encysted stages.
  • Some drugs can cause more harm than good. Antibacterials like tetracycline, triple sulpha and methylene blue are hazardous to the biofilter, causing more harm.

CONCLUSION:

Treating fish by trial and error is false economy. The frustration and heartache that comes with mounting fish deaths is just not worth it.

Veterinary diagnostics and treatment examines the whole system, taking the needs of the patient, and the client into consideration when choosing the type/s of medicine/s to use.

Veterinary treatment is most cost-effective for:

  • large water volumes (>500 L),
  • valuable individual fish (expensive or rare fishes like koi, discus and marines that can cost >>$50 per animal),
  • high value fish populations (e.g. marines, discus, koi), and
  • when disease is caused by more than one agent.

Having said this, for some owners, you simply cannot put a price on pet fish. The majority of my clients consider their fish, part of their family, an heirloom, their life’s work, and their place of tranquility.

For collating this information, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Ming Jun LIM, President of the WAVMA Student Chapter, at Murdoch University, DVM-candidate 2018.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPh (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – PERTH | MELBOURNE | TOWNSVILLE

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
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Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

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