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Author Q&A Session: Stephen A. Smith

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.

Personal interests

Outside my teaching and research activities, I enjoy scuba diving and nature photography.

Alice Oven

Senior Editor

Agroecology, Ecology, Entomology, Laboratory Animal Science, Marine & Aquatic Science, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science, Zoology

Science and Medicine

Alice Oven is Senior Editor for Life Sciences and Veterinary books at CRC Press, commissioning new books and revised editions across a diverse range of subject areas. These include Marine Science, Agroecology,  Zoology and Entomology, Veterinary Medicine and Science, Laboratory Animal Science and One Health One Welfare. Key series include Veterinary Self-Assessment Color Reviews, Veterinary Color Handbooks, Advances in Agroecology, CRC Marine Biology and CRC Marine Science.

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Dr. Stephen A. Smith is a Professor of

infectious diseases of aquatic, wildlife and exotic animals in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) at Virginia Tech.  Dr. Smith received his B.S., M.S. and D.V.M. from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. In addition to being an author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 45 book chapters on various subjects, he co-authored the book entitled An Atlas of Avian Radiograhic Anatomy and has served as Editor and Issue Editor for several scientific journals. He has been a member of both the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee and Animal Welfare Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a past president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine and past president of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians. For the past 25 years, he has been the director of the diagnostic and research activities of

the VMCVM Aquatic Medicine Laboratory.


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