Aquatic/Fish Sessions at WSAVA 2018, Singapore – Meet the speakers

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Dr. Julius TepperBorn and raised in NYC, Dr. Tepper graduated from York College of CUNY in 1971. He then went to Europe to study veterinary medicine, graduating with honors from the University de Liege in Brussels, Belgium in 1976. Returning that year to NYC, he began practicing and held a special interest in birds and exotic animals. After many requests from clients, he opened the Long Island Fish Hospital in 1998 to care for the health of pet fish. Dr. Tepper served as Treasurer of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine from 2006- 09, as an Officer on the Executive Board of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) since its formation in 2006 through 2012, and as President in 2011. He was honored by WAVMA in 2012 as one of five to be named as a Fellow. In 2013, he was certified by WAVMA as an aquatic veterinarian (CertAqV). He has been a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians, the AVMA and state and local veterinary associations. With a special interest in ponds, watergardens and koi, Dr. Tepper developed a phytoremedial device for water quality improvement and received a U.S. patent for this invention. Known as “Pond’toons”, these are currently in use in ponds, watergardens and in quarantine and treatment tanks for koi. Dr. Tepper has authored many papers on fish health and pondkeeping.

Dr. Nick Saint-Erne

Nick Saint-Erne, DVM has been keeping exotic pets since getting his first pet turtle in 1966, and setting up his first aquarium in 1968. His major field of study was Fisheries Biology for his Bachelor of Science degree. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. He practiced small animal and exotic pet medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada for 15 years (1984-1999). Since 1999, he has lived in Arizona where he is the Quality Assurance Veterinarian for PetSmart Inc., which is based in Phoenix. PetSmart is the largest North American pet and pet supply company, with $8 Billion in annual sales. His current role is to supervise the care of the fish and reptiles sold at over 1600 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes annual visits to pet breeder’s facilities in the US and Canada, and supervising the health care of the tropical fish in 5 distribution facilities, each containing over 4000 fish tanks with state-of-the-art recirculating filtration systems. In 1982 Dr. Saint-Erne attended the “AQUAVET” program on Aquatic Veterinary Medicine at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He wrote the book “Diseases of Koi” in 1994, and another fish medicine book “Advanced Koi Care” in 2002, now in its second edition. Since 1985 he has lectured to numerous fish and koi clubs around the U.S., and lectures on Aquatic Veterinary Medicine to veterinarians throughout the world. In 2013, he was one of the first veterinarians who were awarded the Certified Aquatic Veterinarian designation. He is an Executive Board member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and was the WAVMA President for 2016, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. He was the 2010 Chairman for the AVMA Aquatic Veterinary Medical Committee, and is currently the Executive Editor for the WAVMA quarterly journal. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Exotic Pet and Aquatic Animal Medicine at the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Glendale, Arizona. In 2017, he was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Richmond Loh

As “The Fish Vet”, Dr Richmond Loh and his team across Australia provide veterinary, and pathology services for a range of clients including pet fish, display aquaria, retailers and fish farmers. He has been admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examinations in the subjects of Pathobiology, and Aquatic Animal Health. He is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian and has been awarded the George Alexander International Fellowship by the International Specialised Skills Institute. He promotes aquatic veterinary services by producing educational materials (http:// tinyurl.com/thefishdoctor).

Pertinent Posts: President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (2014); Secretary for the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (2011 – present); Senior Adjunct lecturer at Murdoch University, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (2009 – present); WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator and WAVMA Executive Board Member (2013 to present).

Qualifications: · Master of Philosophy – Veterinary Pathology, Murdoch University (2006) · Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Murdoch University (2001) · Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University (2001); Certified Aquatic Veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (2013). · Awarded the George Alexander International Fellowship by the International Specialised Skills Institute (2012). · Examined Member Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Pathobiology) (2009). · Examined Member Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Aquatic Animal Health) (2006). · Founding Member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (2007). · Diploma in Project Management – TAFE, Tasmania (2007). · Certificate in Companion Animal Services – Aquatics, Level 3 – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (2009). · CMAVA (Chartered Member of the Australian Veterinary Association) (2006).

Dr. David Scarfe

Dr. Scarfe is CEO of Aquatic Veterinary Associates International (AVAI) LLC, and has 40+ years of experience as a University Professor, an owner of private veterinary practices, and has work with and for National and International veterinary organizations, and governmental agencies in numerous countries. He currently supervises AVAI veterinarians in several countries who provide services to aquaculture producers and industries throughout the world. Previously, as Assistant Director of Scientific Activities he has overseen aquatic and other veterinary issues for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has consulted with numerous veterinary organizations and governmental agencies in several countries, on veterinary education, and legislative and regulatory animal health issues. He is the current President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and an Extraordinary Professor and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education, Diagnostics and Biosecurity Training at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science ( Onderstepoort, S. Africa), and also serves as the Associate Director of the International Aquatic Veterinary Biosecurity Consortium, with the Secretariat located within the Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Veterinary Education & Biosecurity at Tierärztliche Fakultät, Ludwig Maximillians University (Munich, Germany). In addition, as a USDA-APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the U.S. National Animal Health Response Corps he assists with responses to outbreaks of important foreign animal disease outbreaks in the U.S. Within these positions he assists several international organizations and veterinary schools in North and Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia refine and implement aquatic veterinary academic and continuing education programs to ensure a global well-trained aquatic veterinary global workforce. Many of the key activities involve developing and running aquatic veterinary biosecurity training programs to assist governmental agencies, aquaculture producers and industries, and private practitioners prevent, control and eradicate infectious diseases.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Canberra | Townsville | SINGAPORE

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Fish Joke for Monday-itis: cougars

Did you know that fish invented the term, “Cougars?”
Nearly all barramundi are born male, then turn into females when they are three to four years old. This means female barramundi can only be courted by younger men!

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Have a FINtastic week!

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How do you know what dose to use, when treating sick fish with medicines?

Here is an excellent article showing that more is not better.

https://thefishsite.com/articles/solving-the-sea-lice-burden-a-question-of-concentration

There are no easy answers to every fish disease treatments. Sometimes it takes a lower dose, plus a number of other measures for more effective and successful treatment.

In the above article, the experienced farmers usually have an aquatic veterinary team to help them navigate through fish disease issues, and to avoid nasty disasters where the cure is worse than the disease.

At The Fish Vet, no two clients ever have the same treatment regimen, because all cases are unique. We account for factors such as host species, water parameters, pathogen/s, historical data, and our first-hand local experience. Our veterinarians are based across Australia, in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Watch some examples of the diverse problems we encounter at – http//tinyurl.com/thefishdoctor

ABC reports on the potential disaster that KHV will be for Australian waterways.

Recently I was asked to perform a necropsy on a client’s fish that had been dead for a little under 2 days. I forewarned them that it would be of little diagnostic value, especially if it had been left in a plastic bag, floating in bucket of pond water all this time. Braving it, I double-gloved to begin. As soon as I opened the bag, the stench sent my client dry-retching and stepping several meters away.

Read on to see what the ABC and interviewees have to say about the conditions that would follow if the koi herpesvirus is released –

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-04-08/swimmers-safe-from-carp-infected-with-herpes/9625576

Let’s hope it’s not short-term gain for long-term pain.

Check out the mortality rates in non-target species! Final report: Phase 3 of the carp herpesvirus project (CyHV-3) – PestSmart Connect

As veterinarians, we are fully aware of the species-specificity of herpesviruses.

BUT there are a few exceptions – the simian cercopithecine herpes B virus (which can infect monkeys and humans) and Aujeszky’s disease virus (which affects pigs and a wide range of other animals including cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, mink, foxes, raccoons and rats). Malignant catarrhal fever is another herpesvirus that when it jumps from its natural sheep host to infect cattle, produces severe acute disease that is almost always fatal!

We know how the koi herpesvirus acts in its natural host [common carp (and koi)] – that it’s highly temperature-dependent, and that size matters (immature/small carp more susceptible at 70-90% mortality rate, compared to adults <30% mortality rate).

We’d like to know if the NCCP have checked whether these temperature and size factors could bear a similar susceptibility/resistance pattern for non-target species with commercial and recreational importance like the rainbow trout, silver perch and Murray cod.

We have seen from experiments published by the investigators in their reports 1 and 3 that these fish used in their experiments resulted in high mortalities.

The full report 3 can be downloaded from –

https://www.pestsmart.org.au/final-report-phase-3-carp-herpesvirus-project-cyhv-3/
Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | CANBERRA |TOWNSVILLE | SINGAPORE
THE FISH VET

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

I’m going to Japan!

Dr Loh (Perth office) is on leave and unavailable until 6th May.

If you’d like to book an appointment with our veterinarians in other cities (e.g. Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra), please use our Contact Form at – http://thefishvet.com.au/contact_us.html

Alternatively, please check my blog for information on your topic at www.thefishvet.com

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Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Canberra | Townsville | SINGAPORE

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

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Tropical fish veterinarian job available.

City University of Hong Kong is looking for a tropical fish veterinarian to help with veterinary curriculum development and to start a tropical fish vet service. The position would be for 1 year at approximately $60-120,000 HKD per month.

Register your interest with Dr Sophie St-Hilaire, Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, Hong Kong.

Email: ssthilai@cityU.edu.hk

Final report: Phase 3 of the carp herpesvirus project (CyHV-3) – PestSmart Connect

Oh dear…

They have transferred "the Indonesian strain of CyHV-3 (the C07 strain) from the secure to the non-secure area at AAHL" and they believe this to be "an important achievement".

Let’s hope this doesn’t escape testing facilities prematurely, and only after there has been agreeance by all Australian states.

Read more.-
https://www.pestsmart.org.au/final-report-phase-3-carp-herpesvirus-project-cyhv-3/


Yours sincerely,

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

Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | CANBERRA |TOWNSVILLE | SINGAPORE
THE FISH VET

Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Web: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
Ph: +61 421 822 383
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

Aquatic/Fish Sessions at WSAVA 2018, Singapore

WAVMA AQUATIC MEDICINE WETLAB WORKSHOP

A workshop that will provide hands-on experience in the care and handling of fish species. This session will review a variety of handling, restraint, sample collection techniques and other techniques focusing on fish species.

Date and Time:

Monday, 24 September, 10:00

Location:

Temasek Polytechnic

Instructors:

Dr. Richmond Loh, Dr. Julius Tepper & Dr. Nick Saint-Erne

Learning Objectives:

This introductory laboratory will provide interactive hands-on experiences for veterinarians, technicians and other support personnel involved in the care and handling of fish species. This basic hands-on workshop will review a variety of handling, restraint, sample collection techniques and other techniques focusing on fish species. This is training for practices wanting to enhance their practice by adding fish or for those who need to update their skills with fish species. Restraint, medication administration, and sampling techniques will be demonstrated by faculty and performed by students.

Interactive labs are meant to educate graduate veterinarians and veterinary technicians in state of the art techniques involving clinical procedures applicable to animal health and animal well-being. The advancement of knowledge resulting from these interactive laboratory venues shall improve the clinical care expertise and technical skills of the participant, the end result of which is improved veterinary medical care.

WAVMA ORNAMENTAL FISH SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

Date:

Tuesday, 25 September

Location:

Marina Bay Sands

Instructors:

Dr. Richmond Loh, Dr. Julius Tepper & Dr. Nick Saint-Erne

Topics:

  • Supplies and equipment to practice aquatic veterinary medicine. Saint-Erne, USA
  • Water Quality Assessment in Aquatic Vet Medicine. Saint-Erne, USA
  • Clinical Aspects of Design and Function of Aquasystems Tepper, USA
  • Cutaneous Lesions in Koi. Tepper, USA
  • Anesthesia in Aquatic Vet Medicine. Loh, Australia
  • Therapeutics in Aquatic Vet Medicine. Loh, Australia

Aquatic Pet Medicine and World Rabies Day

Date:

Friday, 28 September

Location:

Marina Bay Sands

Instructors:

Dr. David Scarfe

Topic:

  • International Efforts to Validate Day-1 Competency in Aquatic Veterinary Education. Scarfe, USA

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist
THE FISH VET, AUSTRALIA – Perth | Sydney | Melbourne | Canberra | Townsville | SINGAPORE

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.

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