Fish Joke for Monday-itis: balsy!

Q: Why do Romanians snigger when we talk about koi?
A: because “coi” is slang for testicles!
So the next time your fish vet says they’re going to see a koi client, or someone asks you to see their koi, you can let them know this little fact 🙂

Have a FINtastic week! R <+>{


Aquaculture Biosecurity Training Workshop and World Aquaculture Conference

Participate in 4 Days of Aquaculture Biosecurity Programs for Producers, Government Officials & Veterinarians

in association with the
World Aquaculture Conference | Cape Town, South Africa
June 26-30 & July 1-2, 2017

Consider registering to participate in a 2-day hands-on training workshop to learn how to prevent, control and eradicate infectious diseases on any Epidemiological Unit (such as an aquaculture operation), and meet International (OIE) Standards, and any regulatory requirements.

Facilitated by leading international experts, this Workshop will build on and supplement concepts presented during the World Aquaculture Conference, Aquaculture Biosecurity Special Session and will cover disease risks, diagnostics, surveillance, contingency plans, disease-freedom certification, and a number of other issues that necessary to develop and implement effective aquaculture biosecurity programs.

Participation in the World Aquaculture Conference, Aquaculture Biosecurity Special Session (June 29-30), and Workshop (July 1-2) require separate registration (see below).
Participation in the Workshop is limited to the first 100 delegates that register.

Aquaculture Biosecurity Training Workshop (July 1-2, 2017)
This 2-day Workshop will consist of a full day for teams of 8-10 delegates, comprising of producers, government officials and veterinarian/para-veterinary professionals, to collaborate on developing optimal biosecurity procedures for any aquaculture operation, and a second day on a real working aquaculture farm, for teams to evaluate if, or how the farm meets optimal biosecurity requirements.

All participants will be provided with workbooks that outlines each step for developing and implementing an aquaculture biosecurity plan, and full copies of the OIE Aquatic Code and Manual and other reference materials and software needed during the Workshop. Delegates will need to provide their own laptop computers.

Cost (US$250) for participating in the workshop includes a workbook and other materials, lunch and snacks/drinks during breaks, and transportation to and from the Cape Town International Conference Center and the fish farm.

Please Note:
** Workshop registration will close after 100 delegates have registered, or May 30, which ever occurs first.
** Discounted hotel reservations are available for delegates wanting accommodation through July 4(see below for details).
** A full schedule for the Aquaculture Biosecurity Special Session and Workshop should be available on or about May 15, 2017.

Click Here to Register for the Biosecurity Workshop
Discounted Hotel Reservations are offered by Grosvenor Tours to accommodate Workshop delegates (until July 4, 2017). These & transportation to/from the Cape Town International Airport can be booked on-line (click here), or contact:
Grosvenor Tours
17 Chiappini Street, Chiappini Square, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
Delegates residing in Africa attending the World Aquaculture Conference
(June 26-30) will receive a reduced reistration rate. When you register, by entering the African country where you reside will automatically generate the reduced registration rate.

Delegates wanting to attend the IAVBC Aquaculture Biosecurity Workshop (July 1-2) requires a separate registration.

Please note the WAS, IAVBC, ASSA, or any of the collaborating organizations are unable to subsidize delegate’s travel, registration or other expenses.

Click Here to Register for the Biosecurity Workshop
Click Here to Register for the World Aquaculture Conference
For additional information about the
IAVBC Biosecurity Special Session at the World Aquaculture Conference
(June 29-30, 2017)
IAVBC Aquaculture Biosecurity Training Workshop
(July 1-2, 2017)

contact IAVBC

Want to learn more about fish veterinarians’ work? Aquatic Veterinary Resource.

Be sure to subscribe to our newest YouTube channel –

If you like that, you may also like our original channel –

If you’d like to find a local aquatic veterinarian, try searching here –

If you are a veterinarian, and want to learn how to become a fish veterinarian, join our global organisation here –

Doctor Richmond Loh is a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian and Fish Pathologist, provides expert advice on how to cure your sick fish, from a goldfish with bloat, to a cichlid with Hexamita, fish with cloudy eye infections, or parasites like white spot disease, gill flukes, parasitic worms – our goal is to provide videos that help you cure your sick fish.

Dr Loh is a Past-President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and continues to help the veterinary and para-professional communities by serving as WAVMA Webinar co-ordinator/moderator and WAVMA Executive Board Member. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Murdoch University and provides advice on fish health and welfare to various universities & the RSPCA.

Dr Loh has published books and videos to help fellow veterinarians and fish owners, for the betterment of fish welfare globally:

“Fish Vetting Essentials” (book)
“Fish Vetting Medicines – Formulary of Fish Treatments” (book)
“Fish Vetting Techniques & Practical Tips" (DVD)

Those are available from –

Check out these “smurfs” of the marron-kind!

I love crustaceans because they remind me of little robots, with their jointed appendages and their hard exoskeleton.

Here we have a brilliant blue marron, which used to be rather rare.

These would make a unique aquarium collection –

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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

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.


The scathing report by Landline on how Australia dealt with the WSSV outbreak that’s crippling prawn farms.

Check out the leading story ( on the White Spot disease outbreak affecting shrimp/prawn farms and native wild crustacea in Queensland and New South Wales.

Basically they’re saying, if you’re a fish farmer, don’t rely on the government. You need to put in place, your own biosecurity, push harder and shout louder.

One major factor I believe is missing, is the lack of veterinary input. Terrestrial farmed animals have been able to evade so many exotic diseases due to the dilligence and maturity of the industry, and the high level of veterinary input via the government and private sectors working collaboratively. I’d like to see this happening in the aquatic farming sectors.

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

Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

What happens if WSSV is not eradicated?

During this time, there would be teams working in feasibility studies on whether it’s possible to eradicate the crustacean white spot syndrome viral disease.

If eradication is not feasible, then a national decision would need to be made, with support for developing a national management program.

Resourcing would be adjusted and likely reduce, as the ‘transition to management plan’ occurs.

A management plan would focus on limiting the spread of the WSSV and minimising the impact on affected industries.

This work would include identifying key areas where further research and information is required to improve management outcomes and market access.

Additional surveillance and testing of WSSV would take place within the current control zone to provide confidence that the WSSV is not present in Australia. The government may use new technology such as environmental DNA (eDNA). This will provide quantitative data surveillance of wild crustaceans. And this is a technique pioneered by our colleague, Dr Giana from The Fish Vet team for her PhD.

The Quarantine Area Notice to minimise the risk of spreading WSSV within the state, including treatment of commercial shrimp would remain in place.

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
Mail: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

​Fish Vetting Essentials – the inspiration behind the MUST-HAVE book.

Still, 6 years after publishing my red book on fish health, I’m still getting online orders. How did this book come about?

As a new gradute veterinarian (in 2001), I started accumulating every useful (and legitimate) tidbits of information on fish medicine. Then as I prepared for my post-graduate examinations on aquatic animal health, I continued adding to this.

I’m passionate about helping improve the health of fishes. I wrote down the exact problems, and answers to questions for the exams, and for my work with fish, and shared it with other veterinarians at conferences. 

Before I knew it, more and more people asked for a copy of my little booklet. And the feedback completely blew me away.
One veterinarian thought they’d never be confident enough to see fish, but after reading it, they gained confidence and is now a fish veterinarian for life.

Fish VettingEssentials is a respected and inspiring source of up-to-date information.

As more and more success stories poured in, I was overwhelmed by the response.

Needless to say, this proved that ANYONE could use my formulas in this book for successfully diagnosing and treating fish diseases. 

I’ve been in the publishing world long enough to know I didn’t want to go the traditional publishing route, where the writer has limited control over the final product and no direct relationship with the reader.
So, in 2011, I decided to self-publish and share updates directly and exclusively from my website.
Think of it as ten years of blood, sweat and tears distilled down into one red book. Like taking all the information from the internet, filtering out all the myths and misinformation, down into a book.
In this book you’ll learn:
1. How to harness the power of the microscope.
2. How to interpret water quality test results.
3. How to predict disease issues before diseases happen. 
4. How to successfully treat diseased fish.
The “invisible disease” most aquarists don’t even know how to diagnose. Once you make this diagnosis, you will have unstoppable confidence to know what treatment, dose rate, and frequency to treat with.
The one book that transforms you from a novice, to an expert. 
You get it all in the form of a trusted red book.
This book is NOT for everyone.

Bad Things Will Happen

If you’re on the fence, let me offer a blunt prediction.
Here’s what will happen if you say “no” or “maybe later” to this offer.
You’ll misdiagnose fish diseases, you’ll give the incorrect treatment that will do no good, or worse, would kill the fish, you’ll give incorrect advice,….

That would be tragic.

Especially since you were just ONE CLICK away from getting the keys to the wisdom.
Don’t let that happen to you.
Don’t let your fish die, and you, haunted by regret.
In case you just skimmed through this post, here’s the deal:
Download your sample copy of Fish Vetting Essentials for Free at –

Use our CONTACT FORM to place your order now (link).