Aquatic Veterinary Services offers a wide-range of services for your aquatic pets. All of our services are delivered tank or pond side. We charge a small mileage fee for clients outside of Santa Cruz County. Estimates are available upon request.

Our Ideal Client is one who is ready to is ready to learn and understands that pet fish deserve the same care and compassion as other pets. Our service strives to provide high level pet fish owner education and instills confidence in keeping pet fish happy and healthy.

Pond/Tank Packages

Get the most for your money and get a full pond or tank assessment. All packages include water quality testing and fish physicals under sedation for up to 3 fish of your choosing. This is our most popular and economic option.

Package pricing is differentiated between tanks (~$200 + mileage) and size of pond (~$450-550 + mileage). We offer special packages for bettas due to their small size and limited diagnostics (~$100 + mileage).

Water Quality Testing

The most important thing you can do to keep your fish healthy is have good water quality! Water quality has a direct correlation to fish health. For more information on this, check out our article on Stress Free Water Quality. All results are given with full interpretation and correction recommendations.

All water quality assessments include ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, kH, salinity and temperature. We can also test chlorine, oxygen and test incoming source water.

Fish Physical Exams

Just like a cat or dog, individual fish can be singled out for an exam. Sometimes, a little sedation is required to make the exam stress-free for our fish patients. No need to catch any fish! With our mobile service, we do everything, include catching just the right fish.

Advanced diagnostics, such as blood work or ultrasounds may be recommended. Our veterinary staff is happy to discuss any potential charges prior to performing additional diagnostics.


Yes, even fish can undergo surgery. From a simple wen trim to a fully open coelomic cavity, our surgical skills are exceptional. Our chief veterinarian, Dr. Sanders, has developed specialty skills in fish surgery.

For an example of her surgical skill, please see this video of an abdominal tumor removal. We also have a post on Fish Surgery FAQs. We also offer cryotherapy for skin ailments.


Dr. Sanders is a level II USDA accredited veterinarian and can fill out all necessary paperwork for VFDs and CVIs.

Medicated Feed Prescriptions

Once an infection or infestation is diagnosed, we can treat the fish directly, not the water. Save $$$ on your water bill by having a medicated feed treatment prescribed for your specific fish and disease or parasite.