Aqueterinary Services®



Aqueterinary Services® was formed by Dr. David E. Starling as a means to promote clinical services, education, and research to enhance the health of aquatic species. Even though Aqueterinary Services® encompasses the broad concerns and compassions of the veterinary profession towards all aquatic creatures, the aquaculture industry remains a staple area of interest.


Company Mission:

Aqueterinary Services® is committed to a comprehensive method of problem-solving to identify solutions to existing and potential problems. Activities center around and within three primary areas: clinical practice/consulting, teaching, and research. The goal of Aqueterinary Services® is to make knowledge available for the working level of all facets of mankind's interaction with animals in the aquatic world.



Dr. David E. Starling


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Teaching - The philosophy of disseminating practical knowledge is an integral part of Aqueterinary Services® educational efforts. Introduction to practical aquatic animal knowledge may begin in the early school years where appreciation for animal life and well-being is extended beyond the shore line. Further appreciation and understanding of the challenges associated with the biological existence on 70% of our planet's surface can be developed through classes in science, technology, research and even through professional level training. The staff of Aqueterinary Services® sees great benefit in fostering a larger awareness of the aquatic portion of the planet that has such an extensive and elaborate role in mankind's existence and survival.

Clinical/Diagnostic - Aqueterinary Services® utilizes the problem-solving qualities of the time-proven clinical sciences to improve the welfare of aquatic animals and economic benefit or enjoyment of the keepers. From the simple goldfish bowl to the specific-pathogen-free laboratory colony the principles of quarantine and biosecurity can be applied to the benefit of animal and keeper. Animal health programs can be custom designed and incorporated into the daily operations to maintain the health status quo. If the status quo of health is lost the professional talents of history taking, examination, testing, and therapy may all be called upon to elicit the diagnosis. It is part of Aqueterinary Services® practice philosophy that a comfortable animal in whatever size group will be healthier and produce a better economic return or more natural behavior for the keeper. Aqueterinary Services® is convinced of the stronger merits of utilizing the immune response with good nutrition within good culture practices allied with biosecurity and preventative medicine rather than the chemo-response of antimicrobials or pesticides as well as the loss of production and suffering after a problem erupts. Presently, clinical practice is available in Iowa and Wisconsin in the United States.

Aqueterinary Services® offers consultation services in a far greater geographical area to those wanting a professional review of their present situation and a possible offering of other solutions to enhance the success of their endeavor. Consultation services can cover a range of cultures and methods from extensive to intensive, monoculture to polyculture, warm water to cold water, freshwater to saltwater, conservation species to bait fish to food fish to ornamentals, marine mammals to anemones, private collections to public aquaria, and many of the permutations thereof.

Research - Aqueterinary Services® strives to solve existing and potential problems faced by aquatic animals by drawing heavily on comparative medicine. Many problematic issues related to aquatic animal health have been faced by the terrestrial species reared under human care. Problems not previously dealt with in aquatic animal culture will arise as culture practices and world events evolve. Foreign-animal-diseases, emerging diseases, and bio terrorism are just a few of the challenges that may occur at any time. Aqueterinary Services® strives to offer services that provide practical solutions to both known and foreseeable problems through blending of basic scientific principles with novel biotechnological methodologies.


Last Updated: October 16, 2011