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The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Wednesday, May 16 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Taking the fear out of fish medicine

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Fish diagnosis and medical or surgical treatment is often feared by the general practitioner. The aim of this paper is to provide a basic guide to examination and diagnostic procedure for the vet who sees fish occasionally, but lacks confidence in approaching the fish consultation. It discusses the use of existing equipment within the clinic to assist with fish diagnostics and surgery. Case studies of common and not so common aquatic species are presented to illustrate how a good history, a basic physical examination and simple sampling of skin lesions and gill biopsies can lead to diagnosis of commonly occurring problems in aquarium fish. The discussion includes basic information to collect from owners regarding husbandry and water quality management, as well as a brief overview of piscine anatomy and physiology as it relates to the physical examination and the manifestation of disease. Anaesthesia for the general practitioner is also discussed for restraint or small surgical procedures. Some common diseases are discussed. Case studies include skin disease, gastro-intestinal obstruction and minor surgery.

Speakers
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Annabelle Olsson

Principal, Boongarry Veterinary Services
Annabelle graduated from Sydney Uni in 1985 and after working in mixed practice in Sydney, sailed into Cairns in 1989. She owns a dedicated avian, reptile, wildlife and exotics clinic servicing commercial, private, zoo and wildlife clients. She has a masters researching flying fox... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre