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.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Botany

    The taxonomy or classification of plant life, phylogeny and evolution, anatomy and morphology, and physiology.

  • 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.

  • Applied zoology

    The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.

  • Biotechnology in aquaculture

    Biotechnology and polymerase chain reactions for studies in sustainable aquaculture production methods.

  • Virology

    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 identification and classification

    The procedures and practices followed in the identification and classification of fish, aquatic plants and insects.

  • Aquatic species

    The collection and care of aquatic biological specimens, i.e., fish, mollusc and crustaceans as appropriate.

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • 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.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • 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.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Biosecurity

    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.


  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Conduct research on flora

    Collect and analyse data about plants in order to discover their basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • Control fish diseases

    Identify the symptoms of fish diseases. Apply appropriate measures to treat or eliminate diagnosed conditions.

  • 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.

  • Analyse fish samples for diagnosis

    Analyse samples or lesions from farmed aquatic species for professional diagnosis and treatments.

  • Monitor treated fish

    Monitor treated fish to evaluate the effect of treatments.

  • Keep task records

    Organise and classify records of prepared reports and correspondence related to the performed work and progress records of tasks.

  • 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.

  • Correctly handle the disposal of chemicals

    Dispose of chemicals and treatments safely according to site waste management procedures.

  • Conduct research on fauna

    Collect and analyse data about animal life in order to discover the basic aspects such as origin, anatomy, and function.

  • 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.

  • Conserve natural resources

    Protect waters and natural resources and coordinate actions. Work with environmental agencies and resource management personnel.

  • Prepare visual data

    Prepare charts and graphs in order to present data in a visual manner.

  • Analyse work-related written reports

    Read and comprehend job-related reports, analyse the content of reports and apply findings to daily work operations.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Communicate technicalities with clients

    Communicate with and support clients and veterinarians in case of problems. Provide feedback to production and management.

  • 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.

  • Preserve fish samples for diagnosis

    Collect and preserve larval, fish and mollusc samples or lesions for diagnosis by fish disease specialists.

  • Conduct fish mortality studies

    Collect fish mortality data. Identify causes of mortality and provide solutions .

  • 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.

  • Inspect fish stock

    Collect and examine fish to evaluate the health of fish stock.

  • Control aquatic production environment

    Assess the impact of biological conditions such as algae and fouling organisms by managing water intakes, catchments and oxygen use.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Perform field research

    Participate in field research and evaluation of state and private lands and waters.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • 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.

  • 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 plan

    Prepare health treatment plans to meet specific fish disease requirements.

  • Monitor water quality

    Measure water quality: temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH, N2, NO2,NH4, CO2, turbidity, chlorophyll. Monitor microbiological water quality.

  • Administer treatments to fish

    Administer treatments to fish, including vaccination of fish by immersion and injection, continually monitoring fish for signs of stress.

  • 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.

  • Carry out fish disease prevention measures

    Carry out disease prevention measures for fish, molluscs, and crustaceans for land-based and water-based aquaculture facilities.

  • Maintain aquaculture treatment records

    Provide accurate information to maintain records of treatments applied.

  • Monitor fish mortality rates

    Monitor fish mortalities and assess possible causes.

  • Conduct fish populations studies

    Study captive fish populations to determine survival, growth, and migration.

  • Communicate specialised veterinary information

    Communicate the relevance of and the advances in the area of specialisation to general practice veterinarians and to non-veterinarians.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop fish health and welfare management plans assessment of risks and threats follow environmentally-sustainable work practices fish welfare regulations communicate verbal instructions advise on animal welfare animal welfare legislation communicate in english at a competent user level seek innovation in current practices maintain relationships with animal welfare establishments speak different languages assess environmental impact in aquaculture operations adapt communication style according to recipient report pollution incidents ensure animal welfare in slaughtering practices pollution legislation inspect animal welfare management identify risks in aquaculture facilities pollution prevention interview parties in relation to animal welfare investigations carry out internet research screen live fish deformities develop management plans to reduce risks in aquaculture communicate by telephone communicate in an outdoor setting apply risk management processes

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