August 15, 2013

 

 Group working to serve fish veterinarians

Posted July 31, 2013

 

Veterinarians who work with fish have an organization dedicated to their practice area.

The American Association of Fish Veterinarians formed in spring 2012 and had 63 members by late June 2013. The organization’s mission includes providing resources to veterinarians who practice fish medicine in the settings of pet care, aquaculture, laboratory animal medicine, and natural resource fisheries.

Dr. Roy P.E. Yanong, 2013 president, said the association can help address the legislation, regulations, economic needs, and standards that affect veterinarians who practice fish medicine in North America.

Dr. Yanong said the association has begun work with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners toward developing a recognized veterinary specialty for fish practice. Its members also are developing a library of case reports that would include anonymous patient histories, diagnostics, photographs, and clinical findings and recommendations, as well as a radiography library. The organization plans to make both libraries available to members on its website.

The association’s mission is also to “increase the value, visibility, and acceptance of fish veterinary medicine” and to “improve fish, human, and environmental health.”

The association is hosting a meeting for members April 28, 2014, in Shepherdstown, W.Va., before the Eastern Fish Health Workshop.