On August 14th Kloubec Koi Farm will again be hosting the Iowa State University and USDA APHIS training course, Fin Fish: Foreign and Emerging Diseases. Interest in the program has sky-rocketed and attendance will nearly double, following the success of the 2017 course.
Participating veterinarians from all across the country will gain hands-on knowledge, and the proper steps to conduct and lead a FAD investigation if a fin-fish pathogen is suspected. As part of the semi-annual 3-day training program for APHIS certified veterinarians, a “mock-investigation” will be conducted at the Kloubec Koi Farm. The curriculum provides experience with aquaculture species, and also includes role play between finfish/Koi producer and USDA/APHIS veterinarians in a relaxed atmosphere enabling participants to develop skills for communicating with aquaculturists.
This year we are excited to be able to ask representatives from the Koi hobby to shadow the event. In light of the KHV outbreaks across the country in the last couple of years, and the heightened concern by industry and hobbyists alike, this will provide a great opportunity for hobbyists to gain information.
Included will be a designated time for discussion and ideas for establishing protocols at Koi shows and events to keep and maintain Koi health.
We are hopeful that the ‘two-way’ discussion will benefit the entire Koi industry and Koi hobby.
We are eager to hear from you! Questions and suggestions that you may have for the groups may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org , by Monday August 12, 2019 (2 sentences or less, please).
Check out this article about our 2017 APHIS course - Click Here