Fish vet keeps ponds healthy
AFTER the stress of running his busy vets practice Chris Newman has established himself as a specialist practitioner dealing with fish. When he qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1981, tuition in fish medicine amounted to one lecture on trout farming but since then the neglect of the small, but he feels important, aspect of medicine has been addressed by the 50-year-old. In 1987 he set up his own small animal practice in an old butchers shop in Denham, Buckinghamshire, and continued to expand his knowledge of fish disease and all the treatments available. He sold up in 2005 and moved to Ball Lane, Kennington, to take up his other passion in life of wildlife photography and fish care. Now as a fish vet his expertise sees him dashing out to calls across Kent to deal with coldwater animal challenges. He said: “The work mainly involves investigation into the causes of fish mortality and the treatment of bacterial ulcer diseases. “Many of these are where people have been treating their fish and ponds with a range of proprietary products, commonly without having made a proper diagnosis of the cause of the problem, and often with little success.” Investigations normally mean a visit to the owner’s home for a pond examination as many problems are related to poor environment and water quality. Fish are examined, often under light anaesthesia, and samples taken for laboratory analysis. “In many cases, especially where bacterial ulcer disease is confirmed, the treatment regime of choice is antibiotics given by injection. “I can usually managed to train my clients in this technique, but most end up getting very wet.” He can be contacted on 01233 610112.
Vet Chris Newman with a koi