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Let's Get Wet! An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine-Online
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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2020 Online Lunch 'n Learn Series

Let's Get Wet! An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine
Jessica Fox, DVM, Ralco

With more and more millennials choosing fish as pets and the rise of domestic aquaculture, the demand for aquatic veterinary medicine is on the rise and can be incorporated successfully into both companion and livestock production practices. Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of agriculture and veterinarians may be called upon for VFDs or health exams for aquaculture production clients. 

According to the AVMA 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, over 7.5 million households in the United States own fish with a total population of approximately over 57 million pet fish! The more recent American Pet Products Association's 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, reports over 15 million households owning fish and total population of over 157 million pet fish. Pet fish medicine is companion animal medicine. There are so many veterinarians turning potential clients away due to unfamiliarity in this area and unfortunately this can lead to owners thinking vets do not treat fish and they go to pet stores and the internet for medical advice!

This talk will describe examples of calls veterinarians may receive and reasons it is so important we provide some type of care or referral to these clients. We will discuss various ways veterinarians can incorporate aquatic medicine into their own practice and briefly describe resources for training.This presentation will also provide practitioners with resources for consulting or referring clients with experienced aquatic veterinarians. This way we can guide clients to other veterinarians and not to pet stores. With our unique skillset and perspective of clinical medicine, disease prevention and treatment, biosecurity and welfare, veterinarians should the main resource to pet fish and aquaculture clients.

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