Our Beginner's Seminar and Wet Lab, held at the Point Defiance Zoo Facility in Tacoma, WA on October 28th, under the auspices of Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, DVM, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, and Ornamental Fisheries vet at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Aquarium. The class is limited to 16 students, eager to learn more about koi keeping, koi health, and best practices in the hobby. The class is designed for those new to the hobby or those who have now taken a more serious interest in koi keeping.
Students will learn how to handle koi, how to "scrape and scope," how to identify common parasites using a microscope, how to anesthetize and treat for minor wounds, how to have excellent water quality, how to appropriately net and pan fish, how to quarantine, learn about the nitrogen cycle, how to buffer, how to test, and how to achieve good husbandry practices.
Interested koi keepers should contact Certified Koi Keeper and Koi Health Advisor Nancy Moore, at email@example.com or 425-483-0323 to register. Tuition for the class is $45; the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society underwrites the wet lab and subsidizes the cost to keep the price down for members. The class begins at 9 a.m. sharp and runs until around 3:30 or 4 p.m. Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and must be members of the WK & WGS. If there are spaces left in September, non-members of WK & WGS may sign up for the class, but at a higher tuition rate. Students will need to pack a lunch and snacks for the day.
If you have joined the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society in the last year or so, this is the class that would be vital for you. Vets that know anything about fish are few and far between in Washington, and it is extremely useful to know how to avoid problems or to fix minor ones before they become big. Please sign up now!