Did you know???

               …fish can get sunburn!

Having shade available in your pond is important for fish, especially during our hottest months.  Classic signs of sunburn are redness or blistering of the scales adjacent to the dorsal fin.  Light colored varieties of koi and goldfish are particularly susceptible.  If a nearby tree doesn’t provide any shade, installing a pergola or a temporary Sun Sail are solutions.  In a water garden, lilies are always a great option!

About Dr. Sharon

sharon-tiberio-8121-new-crop.jpg Sharon Tiberio, DVM, CertAqV, earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Florida. Like many veterinarians, she started out treating cats and dogs but growing up near Fort Lauderdale beach she had a longstanding interest in fish and aquatic animals. She enrolled in post-graduate coursework in Aquatic Animal Medicine at UF and received individualized training at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab. After extensive study she was the 19th veterinarian to become a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian and decided to transition her career to aquatic practice only. Currently there are only 90 Certified Aquatic Veterinarians in the world. Her husband’s job brought her to Dallas where she offers services to home aquarium and pond owners, pet shops, public aquariums and fish farmers.

Her professional memberships include the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Fish Veterinarians, and The American Veterinary Medical Association. She has been actively involved and served 3 years as a Board member in the capacity of Treasurer for the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association from 2015 - 2017. She has also lectured and presented case reports at the Eastern Fish Health Workshop and American Veterinary Medical Association Conference. She is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture as a Category II Veterinarian (all species) which qualifies her to evaluate, test and assess the health and fitness of fish for sale and export.