I just had a query on how would someone become a fish vet.
My response below:
The first is to learn about fish and the best way is by keeping fish. Volunteering or working at a fish shop and at the public aquarium are other ways of gaining more experience.
Then, you’ll have to study hard and get into vet school. Just to let you know that 99% of vet school is not about fish, but all the learnings during the 5-7 year course are 100% transferable. Keep an open mind and be ready for opportunities. After vet school, there are lots of post-graduate courses, research degrees, training opportunities, examinations (e.g. Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists) and groups you can join (e.g. World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association).
The sorts of fish vets include –
- veterinary fish pathologist
- pet fish veterinarian
- aquaculture veterinarian
- veterinary researcher
- policy writing
- wildlife veterinarian
There are not a lot of openings for fish vets at the current time, so you must be willing to travel to where the job is. Alternatively, it will help if you’re entrepreneurial
and that way, you can create your own jobs and attract your own clients.
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Dr Richmond Loh
BSc BVMS MPhil (Vet Path) MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology) DipPMVeterinarian / Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University / Secretary Aquatic Animal Health Chapter ANZCVS
The Fish Vet, Perth, Western Australia. Mobile Veterinary Service for fish and other aquatic creatures.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383