Biological Assessment Forms – Koi Ponds and Goldfish – Not a Diagnosis

The practice of Veterinary Medicine “without a license” would have you diagnosing diseases and making prescriptions for fish*. To avoid doing that, you can make an assessment of the pond and fish and note ‘what you found’ without actually referring to a parasite or condition as a diagnosis.

Identifying the presence of a parasite isn’t a diagnosis. Identify a parasite or condition without making a diagnosis like a veterinarian. Here’s a document that steps you through the many assessments you would do well to annotate WITHOUT making an actual diagnosis.


*Because you can diagnose and give shots to dogs and cats without a license all day long and not get punished.

Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.