Unfortunately, not many veterinarians are able to see and treat pet fish, so being able to find a fish vet to help your fish can be difficult. It is a growing specialty and we are working hard to spread the appropriate training materials and opportunities to those veterinarians who are interested. But what can you do in order to find a fish veterinarian in your state to help you?
For those of you who are unaware, veterinary licenses are mandated by state legislature and therefore cannot transfer across state lines so you are required to work with a veterinarian licensed in your state.
Are you in California or Nevada? Call us!
Aquatic Veterinary Services is your veterinarian for Northern and Central California! We have a partner serving Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Ventura counties who you can work with through our office. Click the “Request Appointment” button above or call (866) FISH-VET to get started.
Find a Fish Veterinarian Websites
This listing is part of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians website or the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association website for international inquires. Click on your state or country and get a listing of all the aquatic veterinarians in your area!
No Vet Listed for Your State?
The best thing about fish veterinarians is although their licenses don’t transfer, their expertise does! ANY veterinarian can consult with an aquatic veterinarian in ANY STATE to assist with cases. We can walk other veterinarians through how to collect diagnostic samples and help diagnose fish out of state. All you have to do is ask your local exotic/small/large animal vet if they are willing to help consult on a case. Have any veterinary contact our office for a consultation. We will discuss the case, provide help with diagnostics, interpret findings and come up with a comprehensive treatment plan.
What About Exotics Veterinarians?
Utilizing your local exotics veterinarian is another great option! Since exotics veterinarians typically work with other ectothermic animals (reptiles and amphibians), they may be able to get you some immediate assistance.
Can I Utilize a Telehealth Consultation?
Virtual assessments are limited in their diagnostics and guidance they can provide. You should never receive a diagnosis or treatment regimen, other than maintenance and dietary recommendations, from anyone online. They are not qualified and in violation of veterinary practice laws.
Does that last step take a little more effort on your part, yes, but there is no excuse for you not to have competent veterinary assistance for your fish!