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Nicholas Saint-Erne, Veterinarian

DVM, CertAqV Certified Aquatic Veterinarian

Dr. Nick Saint-Erne is a dedicated veterinarian who is passionate about pets, exotic animals, and aquatic veterinary medicine. He has over 35 years of experience in treating dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and other exotic animals. Dr. Nick has worked in veterinary hospitals treating a variety of animals, including zoo animals and exotic pets. He was one of the first group of veterinarians certified as an Aquatic Veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and in 2017 was designated as a Distinguished Fellow of WAVMA.

Dr. Nick grew up in Wichita, Kansas and his major field of study was Fisheries Biology for his Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State University. He attended the AQUAVET Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA in 1982. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. After graduation, he moved to warmer climes and practiced small animal and exotic pet medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada for 15 years (1984-1999). In 1999 he moved to Arizona where he has worked in the retail pet industry and in clinical practice for aquatic animals and exotic pets.

He is an Executive Board member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and was the WAVMA President for 2016. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians.

In addition to Dr. Nick's veterinary work, he has owned his own pet stores and has been involved in the pet industry as a technical writer for the training materials and customer pet care handouts for a major pet store chain. He has worked with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in drafting programs to improve the care of pets in pet stores and to reduce the risk of spreading zoonotic diseases that people could catch from their pets.

Dr. Nick lectures worldwide on animal care topics for veterinarians, the aquaculture industry, and pet owners. He also teaches classes on Exotic Pet and Aquatic Animal Medicine to veterinary students at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine. Each year, since 2008, he teaches a two-day seminar on koi fish health at the Associated Koi Clubs of America annual convention.
Dr. Nick Saint-Erne

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