Fish Health Management Course
October 19, 8am-5:15pm
$169 Fish Health Management Course with Show Floor Access, Seminars, and Opening Night Mixer.
Learn about basic principles of freshwater and marine fish management and enhance your knowledge of maintenance protocols, nutrition, chemotherapeutic approaches, anatomy, and more.
Expert speakers include: Timothy Miller-Morgan | George Blasiola | Patrick Donston | Ashley Emanuele
The Aquatic Environment: Biological, Chemical and Physical Factors and their Interactions in Nature and in Closed Systems
Presented by Tim Miller-Morgan
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.
Anatomy and Physiology of Fishes
Presented by Tim Miller-Morgan
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.
Maintenance Protocols, Water Testing and Challenges in Closed Aquatic Systems
Presented by Patrick Donston
Maintaining a smoothly functioning stable aquatic system, whether freshwater or marine, presents numerous challenges. It requires the implementation of basic protocols for testing the water on a regular basis to aid in accessing the ‘health’ of the environment and to prompt any chemical or mechanical adjustments necessary to maintain optimum water quality. This lecture outlines the necessity of basic water testing, sampling procedures, interpreting results, maintaining records and setting up a documented husbandry system in the store.
Aquatic Nutrition Principles and Practices
Presented by George Blasiola
This lecture covers basic nutrition principles and practices for freshwater and marine fish in aquatic systems. Balanced diets are essential for the health, growth and longevity of fish in aquaria. Topics covered will be the types of nutrients required by fish, utilization of nutrients, optimal protein requirements, comparisons of types of foods such as prepared, frozen, and fresh, pros and cons of various foods, benefits of vitamins and essential oils in diets, and implementing healthy feeding guidelines.
Principal Diseases of Freshwater and Marine Fish
Presented by Ashley Emanuele
This lecture will cover the principal infectious diseases of freshwater and marine fish. Topics will include how to prevent the development and introduction of diseases to aquatic systems, role of quarantine, learning how to recognize the signs of various diseases prior to initiating chemical treatments and use of a microscope to identify disease organisms.
Chemotherapeutic Approaches for the Control of Fish Diseases
Presented by Ashley Emanuele
This presentation covers the proper selection and use of various chemotherapeutics for the treatment of various fish diseases. Topics included selection the appropriate medication, various dosing routes including bath, dips, oral and injection; treatment dosage calculations, treatment frequency, and safety guidelines for use of medications.
Timothy J. Miller-Morgan, DVM, CertAqV
“Dr. Tim” is an aquatic veterinarian, educator and biologist. He directs the Aquatic Animal Health Program at Oregon State University. 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.
Ashley Emanuele, DVM, CertAqV
Dr. Ashley Emanuele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and has conducted research with octopuses, cuttlefish, and sea turtles. Dr. Emanuele became North Carolina’s first Certified Aquatic Veterinarian in 2017, a distinction awarded by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association. She is also a Veterinary Community Partner at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where she works in the Windows on Animal Health exhibit. Dr. Emanuele’s special interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, aquatic animal health, geriatrics, and pediatrics.
George Blasiola, B.S, M.A., a specialist in fish biology, was formerly with the Steinhart Aquarium as an aquatic biologist and various industry companies including Kordon and Wardley. Blasiola has published more than 100 articles in the USA and Europe on fish health, pond management and fish biology. He has lectured at the University of Georgia’s Fish Health Workshop, the North Carolina State University’s Fish Management Course and various trade shows and professional meetings. He is the author of Barron’s New Marine Aquarium Handbook, Koi: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual and the owner/consultant of Aqua-Sphere Research.
With 25 years’ experience as a retailer and AZA accredited public aquarium work, Patrick holds Ichthyology degrees. Noted for numerous articles on aquarium keeping and business best practices, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and aquarium societies around the US. He operates Absolutely Fish; a MAC certified facility, retailer of the year PPN, and retailer excellence award APA. You can find his blogs on Pet Product News–Fish Absolutely.