Message from the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter President
2015 was a busy year for our small chapter with our first successful candidate for Fellowship. Dr Roger Chong is congratulated on his efforts and has set a standard to which others can aspire.
The Chapter will be hosting two days of activities at the 2016 College Science Week [7-8 July 2016] and we are putting the final touches to plans for an international guest speaker. We are also seeking to investigate a joint session with other chapters. The program will be looking to enlighten practitioners who may be undertaking small amounts of aquatic animal health work in their day to day, on some of the emerging and interesting aspects of aquatic animal practice. If you are a practitioner looking for a sea change there is a very wide scope to apply your investigative and problem solving skills to helping pet, production and wild populations of aquatic animals.
If we are to continue eating fish then we will be farming the majority consumed. With intensive farming comes health management of stock under production and so there has been and will remain an increasing demand for veterinarians to lead aquatic animal health management.
Finally I would encourage members in all other chapters to become members of the AAH Chapter, particularly those of you who are undertaking laboratory diagnostics. You will be interested in how much overlap there is, with what you may see as disparate pursuits.
Look forward to seeing you at College week.
Dr Stephen B. Pyecroft BVSc (Hons) PhD MANZCVS