Profession aquatic animal health professional
Aquatic animal health professionals diagnose, prevent and treat diseases, injuries and dysfunctions of aquatic animals by implementing appropriate sampling protocols. They supervise the use of medicines, including vaccines, and collect data on fish health, making regular reports to the appropriate personnel. They may provide care to a wide range of aquatic animals or specialise in the treatment of a particular group or in a particular speciality area. They may provide advice, support and training to farm staff on best practice with regard to the health and welfare of the cultured organisms.
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- Investigative / Realistic
- Biotechnology in aquaculture
Biotechnology and polymerase chain reactions for studies in sustainable aquaculture production methods.
- Fish identification and classification
The procedures and practices followed in the identification and classification of fish, aquatic plants and insects.
Be aware of the general principles of the concept of bio-security and in particular, the disease prevention rules to be implemented in case of epidemics endangering public health.
Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.
The structure, characteristics, evolution and interactions of viruses and the diseases they cause.
- Fish anatomy
The study of the form or morphology of fish species.
- Fish biology
The study of fish, shellfish or crustacean organisms, categorized into many specialised fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origins and distribution.
Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Aquatic species
The collection and care of aquatic biological specimens, i.e., fish, mollusc and crustaceans as appropriate.
- Scientific research methodology
The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.
The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.
The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.
- Applied zoology
The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.
- Molecular biology
The interactions between the various systems of a cell, the interactions between the different types of genetic material and how these interactions are regulated.
- Laboratory techniques
Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.
- Monitor treated fish
Monitor treated fish to evaluate the effect of treatments.
- Carry out fish disease prevention measures
Carry out disease prevention measures for fish, molluscs, and crustaceans for land-based and water-based aquaculture facilities.
- Collect fish samples for diagnosis
Collect fish and shellfish samples for diagnosis by fish diseases specialists.
- Write routine reports
Compose routine reports; identify appropriate forms or documents to record data from manual inspections and/or electronic systems. Write clear observations as required. A written report is usually a summary of readings from the routine performance of the reticulation system.
- Control fish diseases
Identify the symptoms of fish diseases. Apply appropriate measures to treat or eliminate diagnosed conditions.
- Perform scientific research
Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.
- Write work-related reports
Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
- Perform laboratory tests
Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.
- Monitor fish mortality rates
Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.
- Communicate specialised veterinary information
Communicate the relevance of and the advances in the area of specialisation to general practice veterinarians and to non-veterinarians.
- Correctly handle the disposal of chemicals
Dispose of chemicals and treatments safely according to site waste management procedures.
- Administer treatments to fish
Administer treatments to fish, including vaccination of fish by immersion and injection, continually monitoring fish for signs of stress.
- Inspect fish stock
Collect and examine fish to evaluate the health of fish stock.
- Analyse work-related written reports
Read and comprehend job-related reports, analyse the content of reports and apply findings to daily work operations.
- Preserve fish samples for diagnosis
Collect and preserve larval, fish and mollusc samples or lesions for diagnosis by fish disease specialists.
- Maintain aquaculture treatment records
Provide accurate information to maintain records of treatments applied.
- Conserve natural resources
Protect waters and natural resources and coordinate actions. Work with environmental agencies and resource management personnel.
- Communicate technicalities with clients
Communicate with and support clients and veterinarians in case of problems. Provide feedback to production and management.
- Implement scientific decision making in healthcare
Implement scientific findings for evidence-based practice, integrating research evidence into decision making by forming a focused clinical question in response to a recognised information need, searching for the most appropriate evidence to meet that need, critically appraising the retrieved evidence, incorporating the evidence into a strategy for action, and evaluating the effects of any decisions and actions taken.
- Send biological samples to laboratory
Forward collected biological samples to the concerned laboratory, following strict procedures related to the labeling and tracking of the information on the samples.
- Prepare fish treatment facilities
Prepare fish treatment facilities to effectively isolate contaminated fish during treatment. Control the application of treatments to avoid contaminating other stock, containers and the wider environment.
- Monitor water quality
Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.
- Apply scientific methods
Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.
- Follow safety precautions in fishery operations
Comply with policies and institutional regulations to guarantee a safe workplace for employees in fishery and aquaculture operations. Deal with potential risks and dangers by taking appropriate safety measures.
- Develop aquaculture strategies
Cultivate strategies for aquaculture plans based on reports and research in order to deal with specific fish farm issues. Plan and organise work activities in order to improve aquaculture production and tackle further problems.
- Control aquatic production environment
Assess the impact of biological conditions such as algae and fouling organisms by managing water intakes, catchments and oxygen use.
- Conduct fish mortality studies
Collect fish mortality data. Identify causes of mortality and provide solutions .
- Analyse fish samples for diagnosis
Analyse samples or lesions from farmed aquatic species for professional diagnosis and treatments.
- Collect biological data
Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.
- Prepare visual data
Prepare charts and graphs in order to present data in a visual manner.
- Conduct fish populations studies
Study captive fish populations to determine survival, growth, and migration.
- Prepare fish treatment plan
Prepare health treatment plans to meet specific fish disease requirements.
- Conduct research on fauna
Collect and analyse data about animal life in order to discover the basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.
- Use specialised equipment
Use specialised equipment such as electron microscope, telemetry, digital imaging analysis, global positioning systems, and computer modelling in studies and analyses of production methodology.
- Diagnose aquatic animals disease symptoms
Observe and describe symptoms and lesions of fish, molluscs, and crustaceans. Monitor abnormal fish behaviour in feeding, swimming, and surfacing.
- Assess fish health condition
Identify and prepare fish condition for the safe application of treatments.
- Gather experimental data
Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.
- Conduct research on flora
Collect and analyse data about plants in order to discover their basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.
- Keep task records
Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.
- Perform field research
Participate in field research and evaluation of state and private lands and waters.