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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

“My fish only cost a few dollars, why does he deserve veterinary care?”

It's a well-known stigma that pet fish don't rank on the same level as cats and dogs. Often considered "disposable," fish are often trial pets for many families. They are thought as "lesser" animals mostly because we cannot relate to them like we can cats and dogs. We can't measure happiness or how fish communicate [...]

How do you know if a fish is sick?

We've already established that fish get sick, so how can you recognize when something is wrong? Signs of illness can be broken down into two categories: physical and behavioral. Physical These indicators of illness can be very easy to spot. Physical signs of disease include: Changes in colorationBumps/lumpsAsymmetrical body shapeMisshapen finsWoundsUlcersEtc, etc etc Most of [...]

Day 2,190 – Reflecting Upon 6 Years

Tomorrow, March 13th, 2019 will mark Aquatic Veterinary Service's 6 year anniversary. It has been quite a year for us, moving out of a bad location into a new facility and getting ready for some new changes and challenges. We'll be sharing those new updates with you later this week. In a business where there [...]

Top 5 Most Common Problems with Koi Ponds

Koi make up the majority of our veterinary practice, and in seeing so many cases, some common themes occur. Don't make the same mistakes with your fish! Not Checking Your Fish Daily - We know in the winter, when metabolisms are quiet, your fish are not very entertaining. However, even in the slower, winter months, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #1

The #1 Mistake - Not Asking for Help We've made it all the way to our #1 mistake new fish owners make: not asking for help when you're over your head. A new hobby can be very challenging and there's no shame in getting assistance if you're overwhelmed. But, as we covered with mistake #3, [...]

Top 10 Mistakes New Fish Owners Make – #2

The #2 Mistake - Not Doing Your Regular Maintenance Fish are not maintenance free pets. Many owners think this when they first start, but some fish systems require the same care and cleaning as any other pet. Especially when you are first starting out, it is important to keep up with your regular scheduled cleaning. [...]