Aquaculture Veterinarian

Alyssa Broyles Ms. Wind 1st pd.

Job Description:

Aquaculture veterinarians work together with fish farmers and other aquatic species growers to optimize the health of the aquatic stock and address any issues that arise. Many veterinarians are now turned to for the monitoring of the health of aquatic species in fish farms and other operations. They are able to identify disease and develop a treatment or prevention plan much more quickly and efficiently than other disciplines. In particular, aquaculture veterinarians are legally able to prescribe certain drug treatments or medication that the average fish farm worker would not be able to. Many aquaculture veterinarians work with seafood inspectors and aquaculture technicians in developing treatment plans.

Work Conditions:

Aquaculture veterinarians must be able to work in a wide range of conditions, from laboratory settings to performing field analysis on all varieties of aquatic species.

Can work full time or part time.

Education, Salary, and Opportunities:

An aquaculture veterinarian generally needs a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine, along with bachelor's and master's degrees in some sort of aquaculture, biology or other science-related field.

Initial salaries for veterinarians range between about US$50,000 to US$90,000. Many aquaculture veterinarians are self-employed, while others work for a wide range of government agencies and aquaculture industry associations.

Pros / Cons

Pros :

- Working with a diversity of aquatic animals, keeps things interesting

- Helps towards figuring out new cures to fish disease, and preventing harm.

Cons :

- Inadequately compensated

- Long 50+ hour work week


Microscope - Used to examine very small samples taken off of fish, to look for disease, or any sign of trauma, to determine injuries or illnesses, or anything strange going on.

Net - Used to pick up fish out of aquariums, or capture samples.

Scalpels - Can be used to cut off pieces of fish to examine for something, or remove a sample for testing.


- Help to avoid the large-scale spread of diseases in fish farms

- Intervene to treat diseases in any type of fish farms, private or company

- Study and research the important of fish nutrition and the microbiology of it all.

Aquaculture Veterinarian - Working in Canada

Current need/ New Developments

Nationally More than 250 aquaculture veterinarians are working in private industry, private practice, and in state and federal agriculture and natural resource agencies. They are also working in veterinary colleges and university aquaculture programs, so their numbers will grow in the future.

Regionally Six other states are working with Wisconsin to develop a veterinary approach in the Midwest: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio.