I’m sometimes called a fish doctor by clients, but I would more rightly be called a fish vet.
Often people ask, "Do you have to be a veterinarian and then do further study to become a fish vet?"
The answer is, "Yes."
Legally speaking, you have to be a registered veterinarian to perform medical procedures on animals (which includes fishes). Making diagnoses, and treating or prescribing treatments constitute "acts of veterinary science".
Post-graduation, I sat rigorous examinations to become a Member of the ANZCVS in the subjects of Aquatic Animal Health, and then in Pathobiology (study of diseases). I also earned a Masters of Philosophy in Pathology, and have since become a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian. But, all this study doesn’t beat getting real-life experience, which has been considerable since graduating in 2001.
There are however, courses that you can do to learn more about aquatic animal health that don’t require vet degree. For instance, the MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health
A bachelors degree is a prerequisite, and preference is given to applicants with academic background in biology, marine science, environmental science, and/or veterinary science.
It’s the newest course of its kind and the curriculum looks comprehensive. A great way for any fish health professional to expand on their fish expertise.
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
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- W: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
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