CRC Press is pleased to share with you our author Q&A session with Stephen A. Smith, editor and author of Fish Diseases and Medicine.
Q&A with Stephen A. Smith
Congratulations on the publication of your book Fish Diseases and Medicine. What do you want your audience to take away from the book?
Hopefully the reader will acquire a better understanding of the diagnostic methods, diseases and medicine of fish.
What audience did you have in mind whilst writing you book?
The book was written primarily for veterinarians and diagnostic pathologists. However, the book will also be useful to fish health professionals, fisheries biologists and fish researchers.
What makes your book stand out from its competitors?
The book presents the gross pathology of the most commonly encountered diseases and syndromes of tropical, bait, ornamental and food fish in an organ system-based approach.
What is your academic background?
B.S. The Ohio State University (Zoology)
M.S. The Ohio State University (Medical Entomology)
DVM, The Ohio State University
PhD, North Carolina State University (Veterinary Medicine)
What first attracted you to veterinary medicine as an area of study?
Ever since early childhood, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Stepping out of the normal veterinary medicine of domestic animals, I found veterinary medicine of fish, birds, pocket pets and other exotic animals was an exciting and stimulating career path.
What do you feel has been a highlight for you, in your career?
My enjoyment of research led me to a career in a veterinary teaching institution where I can teach, research and deal with a variety of non-domestic species. Teaching future veterinarians has been especially rewarding and putting together this book on fish diseases and medicine was just another way to expand the knowledge of the veterinary professional.
Outside my teaching and research activities, I enjoy scuba diving and nature photography.