What’s the difference between a “veterinarian” and a “veterinary pathologist”? What is THE FISH VET?

Many people are familiar with what a veterinarian does. But how is it different from a veterinary pathologist?

I’ve copied these definitions from Wikipedia, with minor edits.

What is a veterinarian?
veterinary physician, colloquially called a vet, shortened from veterinarian or veterinary surgeon, is a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals. A veterinarian is a regulated and protected term, meaning that members of the public without the prerequisite qualifications and/or licensure are not able to use the title.  It is illegal for any person who is not registered to call themselves a veterinarian or prescribe any treatment.

What is a veterinary pathologist?
Veterinary pathologists are doctors of veterinary medicine who specialize in the diagnosis of diseases through gross examinationmicroscopic, and molecular examination of organstissues, and whole bodies (necropsy).

Other than the diagnosis of disease in animals, veterinary pathologists also have an important role in drug discovery and safety as well as in scientific research.

At THE FISH VET,  you get the best of both worlds. Dr Loh is both a veterinarian (a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian at that), and is also a veterinary pathologist. He has successfully passed his Membership Examinations in the subjects of Aquatic Animal Health, and in Pathobiology. He also has a Masters in Veterinary Pathology.


2 thoughts on “What’s the difference between a “veterinarian” and a “veterinary pathologist”? What is THE FISH VET?

  1. Thank you for the post, this is a very informative article. Are individuals allowed to call themselves a vet without the certification? I didn’t know that a veterinarian pathologist existed but it’s great to know that they have professionals working to find better ways to take care of our animals. Is there a specific title for an emergency veterinarian? We have a emergency room veterinary clinic and wanted to know the official term for it.


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