Predators of Koi (1255)
Food Animal/Equine |  Aquatic
Friday |  4:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||206A



Julius Tepper DVM, CertAqV
Long Island Fish Hospital

Dr. Tepper graduated with honors from the University of Liege in Brussels, Belgium in 1976, practicing as a small animal- exotic practitioner in New York ever since and opened the Long Island Fish Hospital in 1998 to care for the health of pet fish. He served as Treasurer of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine from 2006- 09, and as a member of the Executive Board of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) since its formation in 2006 through 2012, and as President in 2011. He became a WAVMA Fellow in 2012 and a certified aquatic veterinarian (CertAqV) in 2013.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


As domestic animals, the trusting nature of koi often puts them at risk of predation from wild or feral animals in their environment. These include mammals such as raccooons, feral cats, otters and mink. Pond damage due to muskrats has caused koi losses also. Amphibians and reptiles include bullfrogs and turtles. Birds are the most frequent predators encountered. These include several species of the heron family, cormorants, kingfishers and raptors such as hawks and the osprey. This lecture will describe these predators, with an emphasis on identification of the species, lesions seen in koi and methods of effective prevention.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the predators of koi

2. Understand the lesions caused by these predators

3. Learn the best methods of preventing predation by these species

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