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EXOT201-0306: Intermediate Fish Medicine

Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACVP
Helen Roberts, DVM
Bronwyn Szignarowitz, DVM

March 9 - April 6, 2006
Real-time sessions: Thursday evenings; March 9, 16, 23, 30; 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. One week is devoted to an in-depth examination of Koi and goldfish diseases, some of the more popular and common fish brought to practitioners. 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 (3/9): Review of Beginning Fish Medicine
In this week, we will cover most of the basic techniques and information that is necessary for fish medicine. This will be a whirlwind of a review. Any areas needing further review, can be addressed in the later sessions.

Week 2 (3/16): Koi and Goldfish Diseases (includes � hr with Dr. Szignarowitz on KHV)
Koi and Goldfish, for many practitioners, comprise the major portion of fish cases. With both of these fish, there are concerns with a large community, particularly in ponds or tanks with multiple fish. An emerging Koi fish disease (koi herpesvirus) will be discussed in more detail, as well as its impact on the Koi industry.

Week 3 (3/23): Surgery in fish and lab submission differences
More in-depth discussion of surgery for fish will be presented. The appropriate biopsy samples for various diseases will also be covered.

Week 4 (3/30): Special issues-clients, etc.
This week will review those areas of interest for the participants, including client and financial issues, marketing, and aquatic veterinary practice by non-veterinarians. There will be a discussion of fish health regulatory medicine.

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for one week following the last real time session.


$140 ($126.00 early bird special if registered by February 23, 2006).
VIN CE Course Open to VSPN'ers

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
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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Shephard J. Aquaculture systems in Aquaculture for Veterinarians. (Ed) Brown L. Pergamon Press, Oxoford, 1993, pg 43-56.

Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment
Edward J. Noga Hardcover - 367 pages 1st edition (January 15, 2000) Iowa State University Press; ISBN: 081382558X
Available in the VIN bookstore:
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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, Edited by Ronald J. Roberts Churchill Livingstone
ISBN:0702025631, Elsevier
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Diseases of Carp and other Cyprinid Fish, Hoole et al., Fishing News Books Limited,

Invertebrate Medicine, Greg Lewbart, Blackwell Publishing, February 2006

Scarfe et al, Aquaculture Biosecurity: Prevention, Control and Eradication of Aquatic Animal Disease, Blackwell Publishing

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 Review Article 46 Refs)
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);

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