Fish need help?


“veterinarians began to realize that fish need that next level of care.”

“Aquatic animal medicine in the last 15 years is becoming more mainstream, following the same path as avian medicine,” Lewbart said.

“From 1993 to 2003, the fish were coming to me by FedEx. If a lady in Iowa had a sick fish, she would mail it to me.”

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The Fish Vet has representatives in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Fish Samples for testing can be mailed to: PO Box 5164, East Victoria Park, WA 6981, Australia.

Fish vet job available – Australia.

A unique position is available with FFVS to join a team of aquatic animal veterinarians who work throughout Australia and beyond in commercial aquaculture and wild capture fisheries.

The job is full-time, we are seeking a registered, or soon to be, veterinary graduate or recent graduate to fill this position. There is ample room for training, growth and rapid career progression within this position.

FFVS is an interesting workplace, our clients are spread throughout Australia (reaching every state and territory), New Zealand and Asia. We service a wide diversity of aquatic species including an array of fish, prawns and shellfish. An aptitude towards enjoying travel and field work is a must within the position, balanced with office report writing and administration.

FFVS is also actively involved in a range of research projects with strong linkages to a range of universities.

Strong report writing skills are encouraged.

Every day offers new challenges and an opportunity to develop and apply more knowledge and skills using evidence-based science. A voracious appetite for reading scientific literature is encouraged.

FFVS has a market leading position for veterinary service supply to Australian aquaculture industries with a substantial established client base. You could be joining a competent team of multi-site veterinarians and administrative staff to help continuing to deliver high professional integrity, operational excellence to the growing seafood sectors.

Location: Head Office is based in coastal Northern NSW
Package: Negotiable on application

Be part of a growing industry and a company that values its people
Lead your own portfolio of commercial fish farming clients to provide service excellence
Have the freedom to be based from home and structure your job, your way.

Experienced aquaculture veterinarians may apply, and package would be commensurate with experience.

Starting time before 2019. Please send application and CV to:

Job available: Aquaculture Fish Health Officer – MPA Fish Farms

Broome & Kimberley
Work Type: Full Time

Marine Produce Australia is Australia’s only ocean-cage Barramundi farm. We have been farming fish in the Kimberley region of Western Australia for over 12 years, and our Cone Bay Ocean Barramundi is on restaurant menus around Australia and the world.
Our business is entering an exciting expansion phase and we are seeking a Fish Health Officer to join our team.

Our ideal candidate for this newly created position will have a degree level education in marine biology or related discipline and will be passionate about aquaculture. The successful candidate will have experience in fish health management and will play a key role in supporting the company’s fish health and welfare strategy across the entire production cycle.
Key requirements:

Bachelor of Science in a relevant field

Hands-on experience working with fish

Good understanding of aquatic animal health

Accurate record keeping with a good eye for detail


Comfortable working in the field and an office environment

Excellent communication skills as well as a strong team player

Day to day duties:

Conduct fish health audits

Perform fish dissection and work with a microscope

Prepare specimens, media and reagents for external laboratories

Proactively participate in fish health decisions

Environmental parameter monitoring

Conduct field and laboratory data collection

Regular reporting to Company Veterinarian and Farm management

Ordering of supplies and organisation of freight to the farm

The position will be based in our Broome office on a 5:2 roster, with regular weekly visits to our Cone Bay farm.
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, recent graduates are welcome to apply. Interviews will be held in Broome and also in Perth for interested candidates willing and able to relocate themselves to Broome for the position.

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Repeat prescriptions of scheduled drugs: a note from the Veterinary Surgeons Board

Some issues have occurred with specialists or referral veterinary surgeons advising clients to request repeat prescriptions of drugs, if they become necessary, from their general practice veterinary surgeon (GP).

The Board advises that veterinary surgeons must not prescribe a scheduled drug for an animal unless they have examined the animal within the previous 7 days and satisfied themselves that the scheduled drug is appropriate for the treatment of the animal.

Specialists and referral veterinary surgeons need to ensure that they do not place the GP in the difficult position of having to inform an owner that they cannot provide a repeat prescription of the drug without a consultation, despite what the specialist or referral veterinary surgeon may have told them.

The Board recommends that specialists or referral veterinary surgeons inform clients that they may obtain a repeat prescription from their general practice veterinary surgeon, but if the veterinary surgeon has not recently examined the animal they may need to bring their animal to the practice for a physical examination first.


Veterinarians in WA are often called upon to provide treatment and care for wildlife. These cases can often present uncertainties for veterinarians in terms of making decisions in the best welfare interests of the animal. This article is intended to provide some guidance to veterinarians on the custodianship and management of wildlife cases in WA.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) recognises and values the role that veterinarians play in the rehabilitation of wildlife. DBCA has a statutory responsibility for the conservation and protection of wildlife under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Under these Acts it is an offence to ‘take’, ‘disturb’ or ‘possess’ wildlife without lawful authority. However, this does not prohibit ‘temporarily caring for and rehabilitating injured or abandoned wildlife’.

In deciding on veterinary management of a wildlife case, veterinarians should consider:
· the welfare of the individual, and
· the prospects of the animal returning to fitness and being able to be returned to the wild.

There may be circumstances when there is treatment available that may save the animal’s life, but will render the animal unlikely to survive in the wild. The Department does not generally support this approach as it is often in conflict with the ultimate welfare and quality of life of a wild animal. Such actions may also be at odds with the legislation, which only allows for ‘temporarily caring for injured fauna or abandoned fauna’, unless lawfully authorised.

Decisions about veterinary management of wildlife should also take into account their wild status and species-specific responses to disease and treatment, which are potentially very different from domestic animals. In electing to undertake medical and surgical intervention with wildlife, the veterinarian should consider the welfare impacts of confinement and human interaction, given the non-domestic status of the patient. Veterinarians should refer to veterinary knowledge of the species in question to determine what sort of veterinary intervention might be appropriate.
In some instances, there may be significant pressure brought to bear on veterinarians to “save the life” of an individual wild animal, regardless of its release prospects, because a client or rehabilitator is prepared to provide care to the animal in a captive situation for the rest of its life. These assurances may be at variance with the welfare prospects of the individual, its conservation value, or the resources available to ensure high quality lifelong care. The principle of rehabilitation is for the animal to remain in care for the minimum length of time necessary to achieve return to health, and to enable it to be released fully fit back into the wild. It is an offence for a wildlife rehabilitator (or any person) to possess native fauna if it cannot be released back into the wild, unless they have an appropriate authority. In some circumstances the Department will issue such authority for individuals to keep derelict animals, however, that is it not the preferred option and veterinarians are called on to support the general principle of euthanasing such cases rather than promoting derelict captive wild individuals.

In very few instances individual wild fauna of threatened species which are unfit for release may be suitable to contribute to a breeding program, or to achieve education and advocacy outcomes in captivity. This option is not appropriate for an animal that is unable to have an acceptable quality of life in captivity. It is also not the role of the veterinarian or the wildlife rehabilitator to make this decision without direct consultation with, and authority from, the Department.
Veterinarians seeking advice or input regarding the veterinary management of any wildlife case are invited to contact DBCA veterinarians at the Perth Zoo Veterinary Department. Veterinarians are in attendance 7 days a week from 8am-5pm and are happy to give advice directly to veterinary staff about case management. Contact details are below. These details are for veterinary professionals only and veterinarians are requested not to pass them on to others outside of their staff. Veterinarians will endeavour to respond to enquiries as soon as possible.

Veterinarians seeking advice regarding legalities, release or possible rehoming of wildlife, especially Threatened or Specially Protected Fauna, should contact the DBCA Duty Wildlife Officer if in the Perth metro area (phone 9219 9837; email, or your local DBCA office.
Perth Zoo Veterinary Department contact details (for veterinary professionals only;please do not pass on these contacts to non-veterinary personnel or members of the public): Phone 0439 953 026; email

Dr Manda Page
Principal Zoologist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Dr Simone Vitali
Senior Veterinarian, Perth Zoo, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Beware of bad science masquerading as real science.

“Peer review is important because we need to make sure that science is as rigorous and as accurate as it can be.”

Under the conventional peer-review process, once an author submits a paper to a journal for consideration, the journal will then send it out to other scientists [not known by the authors] for their review. The reviewers normally ask for revisions. Only when the reviewers agree that the work is of a sufficiently high quality does the science gets published. If the work is insufficient, the paper is rejected.

“The repercussions of following poor-quality science might be serious. Ineffective or harmful pharmaceuticals and other treatments may be promoted as good treatments.”
“Policymakers, managers, fish farmers and the general public rely on sound, reliable science for a successful and sustainable aquaculture industry,” says Clements. “If they aren’t trained to properly recognise good science from bad science, they run the risk of interpreting predatory open-access journals as high-quality scientific journals.”

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