Speaker Spotlight: Timothy Miller-Morgan, DVM

Timothy Miller-Morgan, DVM is an aquatic veterinarian, educator and biologist. He directs the Aquatic Animal Health Program at Oregon State University. “Dr. Tim” has consulted and taught extensively on fish and invertebrate health issues, primarily related to aquarium fish, throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. His work focuses on the identification, development and training of animal husbandry and health management practices that improve animal health and quality.

Dr. Tim’s educational sessions at the Aquatic Experience include:

  • Friday Fish Health Management Course – “The Aquatic Environment: Biological, Chemical and Physical Factors and their Interactions in Nature and in Closed Systems” – Achieving successfully functioning aquatic systems requires a basic understanding of the complexity and interplay among various physical, chemical and biological processes. This lecture covers various topics including biological, chemical and mechanical filtration methods, water chemistry, chemical interactions, water additives, role of the filter bacteria and other organisms, and essential components needed to set up properly functioning systems.
  • Friday Fish Health Management Course – “Anatomy and Physiology of Fishes” – This presentation reviews the basic anatomy of fish as well as an introduction to fish physiology and how fish utilize various physical and chemical mechanisms to function in their environment. Topics include a review of sensory receptors, chemoreception, digestion, osmoregulation, respiration, excretion, immune system functions and the stress response.
  • What Makes my Fish Tick When They are Sick – How a Fish Defends Itself from Disease and What Happens When it gets Sick” – Aquarium fish get sick, it is a fact of aquarium keeping. As conscientious hobbyists we should strive to understand the basics of fish biology as it pertains to fish health. Such understanding helps us become better fish keepers. In this talk I will discuss some of the amazing mechanisms fish have developed to avoid disease and how these protections can fail and lead to disease. Finally, I’ll discuss some of the common husbandry activities that can predispose fish to illness and those that will prevent disease among your aquarium fish.