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The Aquarium Vet - Online e-quarist course
The eight units with a brief description of each unit are… 1. Fish Anatomy and Physiology– examines teleost anatomy in its wide forms as well as practical physiology. To understand how fish survive in an aquatic environment is critical to maintaining their health and wellbeing. Normal anatomy is critical for diagnostics and post-mortems (unit 2). Fish welfare (which is becoming increasingly important) will be covered in this section as will be the safe handling of fish. 2. Disease Concepts and Diagnostics– examines the concept of disease and what factors trigger disease. Will discuss stress as an important factor in the development of disease. Discusses the immune system and its involvement. Steps to making a diagnosis. The diagnostic section covers basic sample collection and examination such as gill biopsies and will include a section on sedation / anaesthesia of fish. Euthanasia will be discussed. Proper post-mortem technique and sample collection will be covered. The concept of quarantine and biosecurity will be addressed, as well as introducing new animals to the aquarium environment. Disinfection processes. Zoonoses. 3. Water Chemistry and Quality– what is it and why it is the key to successful fish keeping? The nitrogen and carbon cycles will be discussed in detail. All water quality parameters (both freshwater and marine) will be covered as well as water testing. The importance of good record keeping in all aspects of aquarium husbandry will be covered as well as providing record templates. Fish transport will also be covered in this unit, including the IATA guidelines. 4. Life Support Systems– the foundation for excellent water quality. Examines the various types of filtration available. Examines biofiltration , ozone and ultra-violet and their uses. Practical hydrology – pump selection etc. How to maintain the optimum water chemistry and quality for the fish you are keeping. 5. Diseases and Treatments– examines the various groups of diseases – protozoans, bacteria, fungus, virus etc. Once a diagnosis is made – how do you successfully treat the problem using a holistic approach? Non-infectious diseases, such as gas bubble disease, will also be covered. 6. Nutrition and Reproduction– the basics of nutrition - protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. What they are and why they are important? Types of foods, including live foods and their production. Covers food acquisition, storage, preparation and handling. Will also address target feeding of specimens in a mixed species display. The importance of nutrition on the immune system. Reproduction and basic genetics. 7. Elasmobranchs – this unit will deal solely with elasmobranchs which are a vital part of our large aquarium displays. It will examine anatomy and physiology as they differ from teleosts, as well as any other differences in handling, sample techniques, diseases and treatments etc. Shark transport and exhibit design for sharks will be addressed. Reproduction including artificial techniques will be included in this unit. 8. Invertebrates – this unit will cover the invertebrates that we display such as sea jellies, corals, crustaceans and molluscs (especially cephalopods). Some basic anatomy and physiology as well as differences required in the husbandry of these animals. Diagnostics and treatments that are available will be discussed. Click here to register Full details on all courses can be found on The Aquarium Vet website
Aquarium Industries has now launched ‘The School’ – free web-based training about the care of live fish and aquariums. Now everyone from beginners through to the experienced can now learn directly from Australia’s leading fish experts – absolutely free.
By visiting the Aquarium Industries website, consumers can complete 10 web-based, fully interactive fish training modules. The Basic training course covers such diverse topics as water quality, compatibility and species identification. Those with more experience can head to the Advanced courses, which provide useful information about correct feeding, filtration, lighting, tank care and more.
In launching the new courses, Dean Rogers, Managing Director of Aquarium Industries said “Many people don’t know that it takes less time each week to care for a home aquarium than it does to walk your dog each day! Fish make wonderful pets, and our fun courses make it easy to keep fish at home. Because our website has a Store Locator on ‘The School’ homepage, consumers can easily locate their nearest AI retailer once they have completed the courses, and are ready to buy.”
To visit The School and get started on your free fish training, simply click here.