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VIN EXOT212-0521: Fish Farm Veterinary Medicine

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Myron Kebus, MS, DVM
Course Open: May 6-June 13, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27, and June 3, 2021; 8:00-9:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4
RACE Category: 3 hours Medical, 1 hour Non-Medical

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Course Information:
Fish farming has a long history, is very diverse and has been overlooked by veterinarians until relatively recently. It includes fish raised for food, stocking for angling opportunities, bait fish, and ornamental fish among other categories. There are very few opportunities to learn about fish veterinary medicine, especially fish farm veterinary medicine. Here is an opportunity. The principles in this course will be useful to any veterinarian who wants to provide fish veterinary service of any kind. The presenter was one of the first veterinarians to provide service to fish farms will share findings and experience from the past 30 years that will prepare participants to deliver fish veterinary services.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand the basics of issuing fish health certificates which is the primary revenue source for many veterinarians who provide service to fish farms.
  • utilize production medicine techniques and procedures to help fish farmers succeed.
  • recognize and discuss a variety of diseases/problems that may be encountered on a fish farm.
  • discuss the economics of providing fish farm veterinary services.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in fish farm medicine.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-774527)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 13, 2021): Fish Farm Health Certificates
Participants will learn the basics of issuing fish health certificates which is the primary revenue source for many veterinarians who provide service to fish farms. There are similarities, yet very important differences in issuing them compared to issuing health certificates for other animals. The techniques are similar to those that you would use to conduct pet fish diagnostics.

Week 2 (Real Time Session May 20, 2021): Fish Farm Production Medicine Tools
This is an area that the presenter has promoted with veterinarians and fish farmers. He will present examples on how veterinarians can conduct Modified Fish Health Assessment and other procedures that help fish farmers raise fish better. The principals apply to fish raised in large groups such as pet fish wholesalers and retailer, or research fish colonies

Week 3 (Real Time Session May 27, 2021): Fish Farm Disease Cases
The presenter will share many cases that include infectious, nutritional, and environmental disease cases from species including trout, yellow perch, walleye, tilapia and bait fish species. These cases will help the participant see how the topics discussed in the previous two weeks can be applied in their fish veterinary practice.

Week 4 (Real Time Session June 3, 2021): Economics of Delivering Fish Farm Veterinary Services
Economics determines whether fish farmers will continue to use your services and evaluating the costs and benefits of providing that service will determine whether fish practice is viable for you. This presentation has applications beyond fish farm medicine and is intended to address the questions private practitioners must consider in pet fish practice as well as all areas of private veterinary practice.

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.


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Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by April 22, 2021)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by April 22, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 13, 2021 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.

  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. 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.

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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