Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Inspector & Pathologist Certification

As part of our ongoing commitment to highlight opportunities available to students and early career professionals in fish health, we'd like to take a moment to talk about the certification process. Individuals can be certified as an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector or a Fish Pathologist.  

The Aquatic Animal Health Inspector provides "aquatic animal health inspection services for non-mammalian species as mandated by domestic and foreign regulatory agencies…This individual has the resources to detect clinical and/or carrier disease states, as specified in the AFS/FHS Blue Book, the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals, etc., as well as being knowledgeable of the necessary current sampling, reporting and regulatory requirements required to properly manage aquatic animal populations."

Conversely, the certified Fish Pathologist serves "fisheries programs and aquaculture through the evaluation and diagnosis of fish health problems, through responsible recommendations for disease control, and through the administration of programs designed to enhance the health of cultured and free-ranging fishes."

The necessary qualifications differ between the two and can be found on the individual certification website under the standards and procedures heading. The requirements can seem a little daunting at first particularly the required coursework. However, the Professional Standards Committee along with Doug Munson is working to make certification attainable for all fish health professionals, which will include accepting online courses for credit.

If you're interested in the learning more about the certification process, we highly encourage you to look at the website and keep an eye out for upcoming announcements regarding this process.

Brief Update

In addition to the update on the AFS-FHS certification process, there have been some minor cosmetic changes to the blog recently. These seemingly small changes reflect a larger change in both our purpose and goals. Specifically, we are no longer the Student Involvement Committee but are now the Student and Early Career Involvement Committee. The purpose of this change is to ensure that both student and early career members have the opportunity for greater involvement in the section and have a means to ensure that their ideas and concerns can be heard.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to reminder everyone about our LinkedIn profile. The goal of the page is to help fish health students and budding professionals find each other and get connected. We are hoping that this will allow students to gain mentorship from young professionals and provide a platform to post jobs, interesting questions and general ideas surrounding fish health. Hope to see you on there!

Finally, we're always looking for new committee members (both students and early career). We're also looking for more members interested in being profiled for the blog. (Previous profiles can be found here). If you're interested in participating, please contact us.