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VIN CE Course EXOT200-0817: Basic Fish Medicine
The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format.

Enrollment is closed.

Presenters: E. Scott Weber, VMD, MSc and Brian Palmeiro, VMD
Course Open: July 31-September 7, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, August 7, 14, 21, and 28; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The presenters for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is intended for veterinary students and new grads interested in reviewing pet fish husbandry, diagnostics, diseases, and therapy.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-30089)

Course Information:
Fish medicine is a challenging and exciting area of veterinary medicine. It is fortunate that as veterinarians, we are uniquely trained to work-up diseases and attempt therapies in many animal species. These skills serve us well in the realm of ornamental fish. The only additional skill needed will be an understanding of the fish environment.

Veterinarians and veterinary staff interested in or already practicing fish medicine are welcome to enroll in the course. Integration of the basic information presented in the course will provide course participants with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary for the successful evaluation, diagnosis and management of fish diseases. Participants already familiar with this basic knowledge will also benefit by learning and discussing current skills and techniques for the assessment and treatment of various fish disease conditions. Participants will also be provided with a library of resources for future reference that includes applicable texts and journals, companies that supply aquatic products including therapeutic agents, continuing education and professional organizations.

Week 1 (Real Time Session August 7, 2017): Fish Form and Function; Basic Fish Pathology
Presenter: E. Scott Weber, VMD, MSc
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 2 (Real Time Session August 14, 2017): Introduction to Aquaculture; Aquatic Animal Husbandry and Environmental Quality
Presenter: E. Scott Weber, VMD, MSc
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 3 (Real Time Session August 21, 2017): Introduction to Common Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases of Fish; General Diagnostic Approaches Using Case Examples
Presenter: E. Scott Weber, VMD, MSc
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Week 4 (Real Time Session August 28, 2017): Incorporation of Pet Fish Medicine into Private Practice
Presenter: Brian Palmeiro, VMD
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Dr. Brian Palmeiro was born in Long Island, NY and obtained a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University, minoring in marine science. During college, he served at the head student aquarist for the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Palmeiro completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a residency in dermatology and allergy at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After veterinary school, Dr. Palmeiro served as the staff veterinarian for a large ornamental fish wholesaler. He started an ambulatory pet fish medicine practice in 2005, offering medical care for sick fish in the Philadelphia area. In 2010, Dr. Palmeiro opened one of the nation's first full service pet fish hospitals. He is an aquatic animal medicine and dermatology consultant on the Veterinary Information Network. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at University of Florida. Dr. Palmeiro is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a founding member of the American Association of Fish Veterianrians, and World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and currently sits on the AVMA's Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committtee (AqVMC). He is available at

Dr. Scott Weber earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Marine biology at the University of California-Davis and his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Aquatic Veterinary Studies from the University of Stirling Scotland. Dr. Weber is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine (Public Health) (2014) and in 2015, he became a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian (CertAqV). After graduation from Stirling, he worked as a Fish Health specialist in Arkansas, and then as Animal Health Manager at the New Jersey State Aquarium. At the New Jersey State Aquarium, Scott performed several surgeries in multiple fish species, and helped work on several state and federal committees to develop aquaculture health plans. In 2001 he became the head veterinarian at the New England Aquarium, running the environmental quality and animal health departments, while overseeing the veterinary care for stranded marine animals. At New England Dr. Weber was able to participate in the PBS documentary Windows to the Sea. In June 2007, he took a position as Associate professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to start a clinical Aquatic Animal Health program with an emphasis on fish, and he has publishing over 60 publications. Recently Dr. Weber has worked in science policy as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Services working on a range of trade related topics including aquaculture and seafood products, contaminants in food and feed, OIE infectious diseases outbreaks related to import or export, and antimicrobial resistance. In 2015 he was recognized as the reviewer of the year for Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. Currently he is working as a Veterinary Medical Officer in Virginia for the USDA. He has been actively engaged in Fish Health as a member of the organizing committee for the Eastern Fish Health Workshop and he participated in the US/Russia bilateral fish health conference. Scott served for six years on the AVMA's Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee (AqVMC) and served as both Chair and vice-chair. Dr. Weber is a member of multiple Veterinary Associations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine, the World Aquaculture Association and National Association, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. He is a founding member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Fish Veterinarians. His career interest is in conservation veterinary medicine. He is available at

Total CE Credit: 8

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by July 17, 2017)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by July 17, 2017)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

**AAFV members are eligible for a 30% discount **
To receive the AAFV member discount, please state that you are an AAFV member and provide your AAFV member number in the comment field on the last page of your course registration.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 7, 2017 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
"This program (22-30089) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 8 CE Credits, with a maximum of 8 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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