Did you know???

             …fish DO feel pain! 

Although fish brain anatomy differs somewhat from that of cats and dogs, they all have the same types of nerve fibers and physiological pathways for transmission of pain. 

Fish vets regularly administer pain management injections to fish patients peri-operatively and for painful conditions.

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.