Fish jokes for Monday-itis: Halloween

What’s a fish parasite scared to hear?

Trich or treat?

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Something fishy going on at a fishing tournament

They may need to use Veterinary Imaging devices such as MRI, X-rays or ultrasound, or simply a thorough autopsy to catch cheats.

Read more here – https://www.foxsports.com.au/more-sports/should-be-in-jail-fishing-world-erupts-as-duo-caught-redhanded-in-shock-cheating-scandal/news-story/afa6d56c5c7452f834b09f2df8f6a645

Fish Histopathology Workshop 2022 UTas

The University of Tasmania, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at Launceston, is offering the following workshops:

A one day Introduction to Fish Histology will be arranged on Tuesday 15 November 2022 to provide background for fish histology and histology methods. Quantification of pathological changes and image analysis will be discussed. This workshop is taught by Professor Barbara Nowak (cost $400 including GST).

Fish Histopathology – 16-18 November 2022
Fee: $1200 (GST inclusive)
Laboratory style (limit 12) – conference microscopes and teaching software

This workshop covers histology and histopathology of all fish organs, focusing on commercially important species. Participants are encouraged to bring their own material for discussion. A range of educational materials for further study will be presented.

The course is taught by Dr Judy Handlinger, Dr Graeme Knowles, Dr Brian Jones, Dr Mark Adams and Professor Barbara Nowak. Small (4 participants) groups ensure teaching addresses the level of individual experience. The course caters for everyone: from beginners to advanced.

For further information and to register please contact Barbara Nowak B.Nowak@utas.edu.au






Blindness in fish

Many people have asked me how fish cope whenever I perform surgery to remove a diseased eye in fish (watch video – https://youtu.be/TeFySlymViI ).

Other reasons for blindness in occurs when fish develop cataracts which can reduce visual acuity in fish and may eventually lead to blindness.

In our latest video, we show you a goldfish with an overgrown wen ( link – https://youtu.be/JzN-eViqTi4 ). Practically blind because the of the excess growth of the hood, but would have been able to detect changes in lighting.

Fish are able to adapt to blindness as most fish have a sixth sense, their lateral line system. Their lateral line system allows fish to detect minuscule electrical currents and vibrations that may be created by prey items and food and their mates. However, they ought to be housed with slow feeders and be given ample opportunity to feel for their food.

Schooling fish use their lateral line system to swim in synchronicity, changing directions instantaneously.

Many fish can live long happy lives even if blind. In fact there are a species of fish that are naturally blind, called blind cave fish where they only have vestigial eyes. And spare a thought for those fish that live in the deep dark abyss.


Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

THE FISH VET
Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Locations: Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Canberra – with affiliates in Singapore | London (UK)
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

Fish medicine becoming a specialty for veterinarians

“Leaders in fish medicine hope to gain recognition of their field as a specialty in veterinary medicine… The letter of intent submitted by the AAFV and WAVMA states that the specialty would be open to veterinarians working in all sectors of fish medicine, including pet care, zoo and aquarium medicine, commercial aquaculture, academia, research, natural resources, and regulatory work.”

Read more here and here

Fish Health Section of the Asian Fisheries Society Recorded Webinars

Recorded webinars 1-5 can be viewed using the following links



Video Recording: Fish Health Section Webinar 1 – “Beauty and the Beast: Important Parasites of Fish” – Click here to view


Video Recording: Fish Health Section Webinar 2 – “Pathogen Free: Non-infectious Diseases and Disorders of Aquatic Animals” – Click here to view


Video Recording: Fish Health Section Webinar 3 – “Fish Vaccination: Theory, Innovations and Application” – Click here to view


Video Recording: Fish Health Section Webinar 4 – “Small and Terrible! Significant Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture” – Click here to view


Video Recording: Fish Health Section Webinar 5 – “Viral Diseases of Aquatic Animals” – Click here to view



For more information on the group, visit – http://www.fhs-afs.net

Short course on Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish


September 18-23, 2022
MDI Biological Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine

This is a short course for veterinarians, technicians, trainees, principal investigators, and core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research. The course is directed by Michael Kent, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. Course faculty include: Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D., Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine; Christian Lawrence, M.S., Children’s Hospital Boston; and Chris Whipps, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Biology, SUNY.

The course is offered at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park. It is intended to help laboratory technicians, researchers, and veterinarians monitor and maintain the health of a colony of aquatic organisms, focusing on zebrafish. This course is appropriate for veterinarians and veterinary trainees, as well as technical staff, students, postdocs, and investigators.

The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises with a high faculty to student ratio, and discussion. During the course, there are ample opportunities for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises.

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish 2022



For more information, visit the MDI Biological Laboratory course page <https://mdibl.org/education/courses/&gt; or email the Education Office at education@mdibl.org.

The lethal effects of insecticides on fish. How can you remedy the situation?

Apparrently, the best time to have your home sprayed for pests is in late winter to early spring. And pesticides are best applied in the cooler part of the day such as the early morning, especially when there is no wind.

Our client had a disastrous outcome with fish dying in their pond after a pest controller had applied bifenthrin insecticide to their yard.

To see what dangers fish face, and how to rescue them, watch our latest video – https://youtu.be/puwVzi-TWu8


Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.

THE FISH VET
Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Locations: Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Canberra | Townsville | Singapore | London (UK)
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.