Cutaneous Lesions in Koi (1256)
Food Animal/Equine |  Aquatic
Saturday |  7:00 AM -  7:50 AM
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: 3


Cutaneous lesions in koi are one of the most common complaints for which the pet fish practitioner is called upon. The majority of these lesions are cutaneous ulcers. Along with “mouth rot’ and “fin rot”, these form the complex described as koi ulcer disease. Treatment protocols will vary depending on whether the lesions are of the trunk, the mouth or the fins or in combination. It will also be dependent on the extent of the lesion(s), the stage of degeneration/regeneration and the treatment options available. Additional conditions that may be seen on the integument are saprolegniasis, koi herpesvirus (CyHV-3), edema (“Pine cone disease”), macroscopic parasites (lernea, argulus, ich), neoplasia (carp pox, papilloma, squamous cell carcinoma), trauma (heron attack), special conditions of butterfly koi fins, special conditions of doitsu koi, and finally, clinically significant non-lesions (narial folds of showa, narial folds of butterfly koi, shimmies). A thorough knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions is essential to the koi practitioner.

Learning Objectives

1. Diagnose the condition present on the cutaneous surface of koi

2. Learn the best methods of prevention and treatment of these conditions

3. Learn to identify clinically significant non-lesions in koi

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