Fish Jokes for Monday-itis: drinkies

Do fish ever get thirsty?

What would they drink?

And does it ever taste watered down?

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{

Job available – Aquatic Diagnostician

Primary location Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory, Health and Food Science Precinct, 39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains.
Business group Biosecurity Queensland
Closing date Friday 3 January 2020
Contact for further information Dr Ian Anderson – +61 (0)7 3708 8747
Job ad reference no. QLD/332241/19

Job Description

· Conduct, manage and report laboratory-based disease investigations, surveillance, health and regulatory testing.

· Provide expert advice on the interpretation, diagnosis and control of complex disease cases based on your disease investigation skills and demonstrated knowledge of aquatic veterinary pathology.

· Provide advice to clients on sample submission to the laboratory and result interpretation.

· Ensure that diagnostic activities are carried out in line with quality requirements according to NATA and ISO 17025 standards.

· Participate in quality assurance programmes including proficiency testing and internal and external review processes to ensure continuous maintenance and improvement of diagnostic standards.

· Provide advice to industry to support the development of biosecurity plans for aquaculture facilities.

· Using specialist expertise to support field, operational and policy work as required.

· Work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, maintaining a high standard of work and provide assistance to other areas of the laboratory at the request of the Laboratory Manager.

· Work across the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare program to help manage and build an effective organisation.

Essential Qualifications

· The successful applicant must hold a mandatory Bachelor degree majoring in Veterinary Science from a recognised tertiary institution.

· Current or eligible registration with the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board.

Desirable Criteria

· While not mandatory, post-graduate qualifications or ANZCVS membership, would be well regarded.

· Experience in, or ability to learn, both terrestrial and aquatic pathology would be highly regarded.

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Queries to –

Who do you recommend as good aquarium and pond maintenance companies?

In the 20 years I’ve been practicing as a fish veterinarian, I’ve heard from clients, their first hand encounters of businesses providing some questionable practices and have lost fish, or had more damage done to their property.

My collegue, Dr Sanders in the USA, shares some of her tips on how you’d differentiate between a good operator, and one that’s a bit “fishy”.

Read more at –

Who and where are all The Fish Vets?

The Fish Vet has a team of veterinarians across Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra) and internationally (London and Hong Kong), offering mobile aquatic veterinary and diagnostic services specifically for the pet fish sector. We make home visits to treat clients’ sick fish in ponds and aquariums.

Leading the team is Dr Richmond Loh who is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian who has international standing having been awarded the highest honour as a Fellow of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. He is an examined Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both subjects of Pathobiology and in Aquatic Animal Health, he has qualified as a Veterinary Pathologist and an Aquatic Diagnostician, and based in Perth, provides diagnostic services for fish Australia-wide. Watch Dr Loh in action on YouTube.

Dr Alistair Brown based in Melbourne with his start in Scotland’s salmon industry and combined with his small animal (dogs and cats) experience, delivers a holistic fish veterinary service. He is an examined Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Aquatic Animal Health.

Dr Jelena Vukcevic in Canberra brings her zoo, small animal and research experience to help your fishes get better.

Drs Lucie Nedved and Aivee Huynh together service the wide area of Sydney and its surrounds. Dr Nedved brings her experience with zebrafish facilities and combines this with smalll animal veterinary experience to deliver a great service. Dr Huynh is our latest Australian recruit and is quick to respond.

In London we have Dr Bryony Glover, who has recently qualified as a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian. She is our fish vet working under the trade name “London Aquatic Veterinary Services (LAVS)”. For more information, visit her at <>.

In Hong Kong, we have Dr Giana Bastos Gomes. An expert in shrimp (Masters) and with a PhD in barramundi parasites, Dr Gomes provides a research and advisory role to our team on all matters relating to pet fish health and welfare.

We will soon bring you a pet fish veterinarian in Hong Kong. Stay tuned for announcements.

Office locations: Perth | Melbourne | Sydney | Canberra | Hong Kong | London (UK).

Contact details:

Dr Richmond Loh


Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383