David Sparks Ph.d Trans Species Healthcare
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: March 15, 2017

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Dr. John Hoch a veterinarian with Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, believe it or not, attended a very recent conference on swine health in hopes that he could learn some strategies regarding disease control in pigs that he could then adapt and apply to aquaculture. Not surprisingly, being from Louisiana, his main interest is catfish that many agriculturalists grow for eventual sale to consumers. However, disease control for catfish is not a whole lot different than disease control for the species of fish that agriculturists in Idaho produce. “I started talking with some of our veterinary pathologists at LSU who had come from Kansas and had worked with swine diseases and also wanted to learn more about their culture techniques. I was amazed at how similar the things that we worry about are. When I was talking about vaccination, it's just not efficient to try and inject each individual little fish. So all of our vaccines that we are developing experimentally are designed to be short term bad treatments where you could just put fish in a container, let them swim around in the vaccine for a short period of time, they would get a mild infection, and then eventually they would clear the organism but they would have protection.

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