Can people diagnose and/or treat their own fish in Australia? And, are there any exceptions for emergency situations, good samaritans and/or people helping others for free?

This is one of the commonly asked questions.

Fish are animals; and diagnosing diseases in animals, and treatment of animals are acts of veterinary science. So unless you are a registered veterinarian, you are not legally allowed to diagnose and treat animals of others.

To explain using humans as examples, we are able to self-treat to a certain extent, however, we are not allowed to treat others without being suitably qualified.

In Western Australia, the fine for the first conviction is $10,000. Subsequent fines are $20,000.

Read more in a previous post –

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 421 822 383


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