VIN Consultants and Editors

Focus: Aquatic Animal Medicine

Associate Editor

Helen Roberts-Sweeney

Helen Roberts-Sweeny


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1990

Current Professional Activities

  • Owner Elma Animal Hospital, West Seneca NY
  • Owner Aquatic Veterinary Services of WNY, Williamsville NY
  • Aquavet® I Instructor
  • Editor/Co-author Fundamentals of Ornamental Fish Health (Wiley Blackwell)

Past Professional Activities

  • Past President Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society
  • Past President American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV)
  • Past AVMA’s Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee member
  • Former Partner @ 5 Corners Animal Hospital, Orchard Park, NY
  • Veterinary Sector Leader, Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team


  • Phoenix and Gryphon, two “purebred” Pomeranian-Poodle-Chihuahua littermates
  • Many Koi (all named!), Golden Orfe (collectively called “The Orfe”), and multiple goldfish living in an ornamental fish pond.


  • Gardening and ponding
  • Photography
  • Travel
  • Computer gaming
  • Speaking/Lecturing

Favorite Quote

‘Carpe Diem’ does not mean ‘fish of the day’.

What I Like Most About VIN

Finding quick answers to clinical issues in many topics. Sharing unusual cases and meeting new people (especially those who like treating fish!).

Are you a specialist who loves helping (and learning from) colleagues?

Join the proud team of VIN Consultants and Associate Editors!
Call Paul D. Pion, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) at 530-757-6881 or email .