Is paying a fish veterinarian worth the cost?

Is paying a fish veterinarian worth the cost?

For those of you who read our pricing page, you know that paying a specialty service to come to your house, do all the work and diagnose complex issues carries a premium fee. But is that fee worth it to your fish? We certainly think so, but we can break it down further. Take for [...]

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Fish Rescue Guide

Fish Rescue Guide

Not all fish start out with the best life. We have received several requests to assist with fish "rescue" jobs and owners unsure what to do with their new pets. Often taken in under less than ideal circumstances, what can do you do to make your new fish feel at home? Quarantine No matter where [...]

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

“Why can’t you diagnose and treat my fish over the phone, email, social media, etc?”

I mean, if people over the internet can do it, why can't veterinarians? Sorry to say, but being a state licensed veterinarian requires all patients have a valid VCPR, which is mandated by state veterinary practice laws. These laws may vary slightly by state, but for an example, here is what is laid out by [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Fish Owners

Happy 2020! I'm sure you all have great resolutions for yourself and your family for the new decade, but what about your fish? We invite you to choose any and all of the below recommendations for happier, healthier fish in the new year! Perform ___% water change every ___ week(s) Put it on your calendar [...]

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Our Favorite Posts of 2019

Another year almost gone! Catch up on some of our favorite posts from the past year. Many more to come in 2020, and we're always open to new ideas! Comment with any topics you would like us to cover in 2020 and beyond. May all your fish be happy and healthy in the new year. [...]

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

The Biggest Challenge in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

It's no secret that our veterinary medicine niche, aquatics, is minuscule. A rough estimate, gathered from AVMA, AAFV, WAVMA and IAAAM memberships, taking into consideration that two of those groups are international, puts aquatic veterinarians around 0.2% of the total veterinarians in the USA. I am proud to be one of them and one of [...]

How to Get Started in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Our office gets countless inquiries from students asking how they can get started in a career in aquatic veterinary medicine. And our #1 question asked by almost 100% of our clients... How did you [Dr. Sanders] get into this field? I was one of those obnoxious kids who knew I wanted to be a veterinarian [...]

Fish Metabolism & Temperature

Why do we have to wait on surgery and other treatments until the water warms up? Well, it's one of the unusual things about aquatic veterinary medicine: our patients cannot regulate their internal body temperature. Known as "ectotherms," or "cold-blooded," fish along with amphibians and invertebrates are unable to create and store internal metabolic heat. [...]

Vacation Fish Care

It's a lot harder to take your fish with you on vacation compared to your dog or even cat. That means you'll have to plan for them to receive care while you're away. If you don't have a neighbor or friend to look after your fish, you may need to hire someone. I can already [...]

What is a “Certified Aquatic Veterinarian?”

What is a “Certified Aquatic Veterinarian?”

You may have noticed a few extra letters after our chief veterinarian's name: Jessie Sanders, DVM, CertAqV The "DVM" stands for "Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine" and applies to all veterinarians. (Unless you went to Penn and then you have VMD after your name.) But what does the "CertAqV" stand for? "CertAqV" is short for "Certified [...]