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EXOT201-0209: Intermediate Fish Medicine

E. Scott Weber, VMD, MSc (course coordinator)
Brian Palmeiro, VMD
Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACVP
Helen Roberts, DVM
Shane Raidal, BVSc, Ph.D, FACVSc
Peter L. Merrill, DVM
Paul Egrie, VMD
Jennifer Matysczak, VMD

February 26 - March 26, 2009
Real-time sessions: Thursday evenings; February 26, March 5, 12 and 19; 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)

Course Description

This intermediate fish medicine course is designed to further your experience with fish medicine. The basic concepts will be expanded and applied to case examples. The instructors are experienced fish practitioners who will provide important tips on running a fish practice as well as the important issues facing aquatic medicine.


Week 1 (February 26): Review of Basics

Week 2 (March 5): Surgery and Anesthesia (Roberts)

Week 3 (March 12): Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (Weber and Reavill)

Week 4 (March 19): Regulatory Issues (Merrill and Egrie)

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.


Member/$144, Non-Member/$223 by February 12, 2009;
Member/$160, Non-Member/$248 after February 12, 2009
Course enrollment also open to VSPN members.

All course registrants: Please be aware that this is an intermediate level course, which assumes a basic level of knowledge on fish medicine. This basic level of knowledge may constitute completion of the Basic Fish Medicine course or past or current experience in a fish practice. Please read the course description and weekly outline carefully to judge whether this is the appropriate course for you.

Required Textbook:

Recommended Textbooks/Journals:

Vet Clinics of North America; Small Ani Prac 18(2) March 1988

Taking a History pg 283-290
Evaluating Water Problems pg 291-302.
Behavioral Diagnosis pg 303-314
Fish Cytology and Hematology pg 347-364
Necropsy Examination of Fish pg 427-433.
Aquariology; The Science of Fish Health Management, eds. Dr. Gratzek and Ms. Matthews. TetraPress 1992

Fish Medicine, ed. M Stoskopf, WBSaunders, 1993

Aquaculture for Veterinarians. (Ed) Brown L. Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993, Aquaculture systems pg 43-56.

Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, Edward J. Noga, 1st edition (January 15, 2000) Wiley-Blackwell

BSAVA Manual Of Ornamental Fish, Second Edition 2001
Edited by William H. Wildgoose, BVMS, CertFHP, MRCVS, Blackwell Publishing
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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Fish Pathology, 3rd edition, edited by Ronald J. Roberts, Churchill Livingstone.

Diseases of Carp and other Cyprinid Fish, Hoole et al., April 2008, Adobe e-book. ISBN: 978-0-470-99974-5

Invertebrate Medicine, Greg Lewbart, Blackwell Publishing, February 2006
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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Aquaculture Biosecurity: Prevention, Control and Eradication of Aquatic Animal Disease, Scarfe et al, Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 978-0-8138-0539-9

The Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice Series
Emergency and Critical Care of Fish
Gregory Lewbart
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 1[1]:233-250 Sep'98 Review Article

Husbandry and Husbandry-related Diseases of Ornamental Fish
Todd R. Cecil
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2[1]:1-18 Jan'99 Review Article

Nutrition of Ornamental Fish
Roy Yanong
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2[1]:19-43 Jan'99 Review Article

Clinical Examination of Fish in Private Collections
Ruth Francis-Floyd
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2[2]:247-264 May'99 Review Article

Hematology and Clinical Chemistry of Cyprinid Fish: Common Carp and Goldfish
Joseph M. Groff and Joseph G. Zinkl
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2[3]:741-776 Sep'99 Review Article

Pet Fish Formulary
Ted Y. Mashima and Gregory A. Lewbart
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 3[1]:117-130 Jan'00 Review Article

Surgery in Fish
Craig A. Harms and Gregory A. Lewbart
Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 3[3]:759-774 Sep'00 Review Article

Cutaneous biology and diseases of fish.
Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract 4[2]:321-411, v-vi 2001 May 475
Groff JM

Ophthalmic disease of fish.
Veterinary Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract 5[2]:243-60, v 2002 May 68
Jurk I

Reproductive medicine in koi (Cyprinus carpio).
Veterinary Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract 5[3]:637-48, vii 2002 Sep 30 Refs
Lewbart GA

Osmoregulation in fish. Mechanisms and clinical implications.
Veterinary Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract 6[1]:169-89, vii 2003 Jan
Greenwell MG, Sherrill J, Clayton LA
Basic Ornamental Fish Medicine. Current Veterinary Therapy X. pg 703-721.
Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy; Small Animal Practice XI

Water Quality and the Marine Aquarium pg 1199-1201
Important Problems in Marine Aquarium Fishes pg 1202-1203
Viral Diseases of Aquarium Fish
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 4[2]:103-110 Apr'95
Eva-Maria Bernoth, DVM, and Mark St J Crane, PhD;

Aquarium Fish Dermatologic Diseases
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 4[4]:220-233 Oct'95
K. Marcia Murphy, DVM, and Gregory A. Lewbart, MS, VMD;

Mycobacterial Infections in Pet Fish
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 6[1]:40-45 Jan'97
Stephen A. Smith, DVM, PhD;

The Evaluation and Treatment of Common Ocular Disorders in Teleosts
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 6[3]:160-169 Jul'97
C. 'Sea' Rogers Williams, VMD, and Brent R. Whitaker, MS, DVM ;

Molecular Diagnosis of Iridovirus Infections in Cold-Blooded Animals
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 9[1]:27-35 Jan'00
V. Gregory Chinchar, PhD, & Jinghe Mao, PhD;

Fungal Diseases in Fish
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 9[2]:102-111 Apr'00
Lester Khoo, VMD, PhD;

Liver Diseases of Tropical Fish
Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 9[3]:174-178 Jul'00
David J. Speare, DVM, DVSc (Pathology);

Toxicology of Aquarium Fish
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice, Roberts and Palmiero,Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2008, pp 359-374

Diagnostic Cytology of Fish
VCNA-Exot A Pactice, Reavill and Roberts, Volume 10, Issue 1, January 2007, pp207-234

Weber ES (2007) Piscine Patients: Basic Diagnostics, Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 5, 276-288.

Palmeiro BS, Rosenthal KL, Lewbart GA et al (2007) Plasma biochemical reference intervals for koi, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 230-5, 708-712.

Ross LG and Ross B (2008) Anaesthetic and Sedative Techniques for Aquatic Animals 3rd edition, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford (UK).

Boyd CE (1990) Water Quality in Ponds for Aquaculture, Birmingham Publishing, Birmingham (AL)

Ferguson HW (2006) Systemic Pathology of Fish, 2nd edn, Scotian Press, London (UK).

Love NE and Lewbart GA (1997) Pet Fish Radiography: Technique and Case History Reports, Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 38-1, 24-29.

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