Aquatic Veterinary Medicine is now officially a recognised area of specialisation.

The Europeans have established a new European College of veterinary specilization in Aquatic Animal Health and this is the only veterinary specialization in Aquatic Medicine in the world (all other specilizations are part of Zoo medicine Colleges and are subspecialities).

The primary objectives of the European College are to advance aquatic animal medicine /health in Europe. This covers all aquatic animals:

• fish, aquatic mammals, shellfish, shrimp and aquatic invertebrates whether ornamental, cultured or wild.
•water quality, welfare, zoonoses, therapeutics and relative legislation.

It aims at the improvement and promotion of the quality of veterinary practice through contacts of general practitioners with registered specialists.

This is done by:

a) Establishing guidelines for the post-graduate education and experience required as a prerequisite to become a specialist in the specialty of aquatic animal health.

b) Examining and authenticating veterinarians as specialists in aquatic animal health to serve the veterinary patient, its owner and the public in general, by providing expert care for all aquatic animals with medical diseases.

c) Encouraging research and other contributions to knowledge relating to pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, welfare, zoonoses and control of diseases directly or indirectly affecting aquatic animals (fish, mammals, shellfish, shrimp and aquatic invertebrates) whether ornamental, cultured or wild and promoting communication and dissemination of this knowledge thus providing improved services to the public and industry.

One essential prerequisite for becoming a Diplomate of any EBVS recognised College is to be a graduated veterinarian from a higher education institution that is accredited in a respective country, and to have a licence to practice veterinary medicine in an European country. Non-veterinarians are not eligible for becoming a Diplomate, but can request the associate membership status in the College.

In general, some form of post-veterinary graduation experience (internship, masters, clinical/practice year or equivalent experience,) will be required for admission into residency program. The residency would take minimum of three years under supervision of an ECAAH Diplomate, during which time at least one publication as first author and second written proof of expertise (significant case study, set of small case reports, co-authoring a publication) will need to be produced before becoming eligible to sit for a general and specialty exam.

Prof. Foteini Athanasopoulou Univ. of Thessaly, Greece

Past President, World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association.

Ex Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Laboratory of Ichthyology and Fish Diseases, Veterinary Faculty

221 Trikalon str, Karditsa 43100

Tel +30 24410 66008, 66045, +30 6984214219


Prof. Dusan Palic Univ. of Munich, Germany

Professor and Chair of Fish Diseases and Fisheries Biology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Lehrstuhl für Fischkrankheiten und Fischereibiologie

Tierärztliche Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Kaulbachstraße 37, 80539 München, Deutschland


Tel: +49 (0)89 2180 2282


Dr Hamish Rodgers Ireland

Hamish Rodger, PhD, MRCVS,

Vet-Aqua International,

Unit 7b, Oranmore Business Park,

Oranmore, Co. Galway,


tel/fax + 353 91 792997, mobile +353 87 6184166



Ass. Prof. Vassilis Bakopoulos Univ. of Aegean, Greece

Assistant Professor

Department of Marine Science

Aegean University

University Hill

Mytilene 81100


Tel. +30-22510-36870

Cel. 6932371586



Dr Ioannis Vatsos Norway

Associate Professor in Veterinary Sciences at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, University of Nordland, Norway,

Dr Francesc Padros University of Barcelona, Spain. UAB associated researcher , Animal Biology Unit, Veterinary Faculty. UAB.

Tel: +34 93 581 46 37, Fax : + 34 93 581 20 06.

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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.

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