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Curriculum Vitae - Dr. Mark Sheppard

Professional Career:



Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); Aquaculture Management Division, Aquaculture Environmental Operations, Fish Health unit:  Lead Veterinarian - Pacific Region

BC Ministry of Agriculture & Lands; Animal Health Branch - Fish Health Program:
Aquatic Animal Health Veterinarian for British Columbia

2000-present President: Sakana V Services Ltd. (sVs Ltd.)
Fish health management consulting services in Canada, Japan, Australia. Other project experience: Ireland, Norway, Chile, Mexico, China, Philippines, New Zealand, Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans consulting (B.C., Canada), koi culture veterinary inspection (B.C., Canada).
1994-2000 Skretting Canada/Japan: Veterinary consulting and development of training programmes for Marine Harvest Japan, Skretting Japan and Japanese fish culturists.
1991-2000 Skretting Canada: Manager of Technical and Veterinary Services.
Campbell River, B.C.
1988-1991 International Aqua Foods Ltd.: Manager of Technical and Veterinary Services. Campbell River, B.C.


1986-1990 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) with Distinction, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
1980-1984 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Advanced) with Great Distinction,
University of Victoria / University of Saskatchewan.

Continuing Education & Key Professional Training:
• Author and publisher of fish pathology photographic guidebooks.
• Principal Investigator and author of two Australian Fisheries R&D Corporation (FRDC)
  projects: Emergency Response, Risk Analysis and Disease Recognition.
• Japanese language and cultural awareness training (Japan).
• Inter-cultural and inter-personal management training (Holland).
• Performance Management, Expense Authority, Leadership & Supervisory Essentials.
• Applied aquaculture epidemiology.
• Judicious use of antimicrobial compounds in aquaculture.
• Broodstock & stress management in fish husbandry (Canada).
• 5th Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (Australia).

Professional Affiliations:
• Veterinarians without borders (VWB-Canada) - 2005 & 2006
• South Australia Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSBSA) 2003 - 2008.
• Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) 1990 - 2010.
• College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) since 1990, now retired.
• Association of Aquaculture Veterinarians of B.C. (AAVBC) since 1990.
• Canadian Association of Aquatic Veterinarians (CAAV) since 1992.
• Centre for Coastal Health (CCH); professional affiliate 1998 - 2014.
• Aquaculture Association of Canada 1990 - 2008.

Key Projects and Papers:
A photographic guide to diseases of yellowtail (Seriola) fish (2005); Japanese language,
  ISBN 0-920225-15-2.
A photographic guide to diseases of yellowtail (Seriola) fish (2004); English language,
  ISBN 0-920225-14-4.
Industry’s emergency preparedness and response to mass mortality of yellowtail kingfish
  development of industry plans and protocols (for South Australia); ISBN pending.
Detection and management of health issues in yellowtail kingfish - the foundation for a
  health programme for Australian finfish aquaculture (2005); ISBN pending.
Guidelines to managing health of yellowtail kingfish (2004).
Risk assessment of diseases of yellowtail kingfish in South Australia (2004).
Provincial ‘Fish Health Code of Practice’ development for B.C. Ministries of Agriculture Food
  and Fisheries (co-author RC Stephen, CCH, 2000).
• Sheppard, M. and S.Ikeda (2004): Japanese vs. Canadian finfish culture - a fish health
  perspective; parts 1 and 2. AquaNet, 7, (5): p70-72.
• Sheppard, M. (1992): Clinical impressions of furunculosis in B.C. waters. AAC Bulletin
  Aquaculture Canada, 92-: p29-30.
• Sheppard, M, MJ. Beattie, and CK. Johnson (1994): Efficacy of Aquaflor premix against
  furunculosis in Atlantic salmon smolts in BC.
AAC Bulletin Aquaculture Canada, 94-2: p51-53.
• Sheppard, M. (2000): Antibiotic use in the B.C. aquaculture industry (1996-1998).
  AAC Bulletin Aquaculture Canada, 100-1: p13-16.
• Clinical and pharmacological field trials (1990-1994).
• Salmon Aquaculture Review Committee (1995-96).
• Commercial vaccine field epidemiology (2000).
• CFIA carbadox literature search, review and summary.

Workplace & Safety Certifications:

  • First Aid Level 1 for Industry
  • CPR/AED Level C
  • Spinal Transportation Endorsement
  • Marine Basic Emergency Duties
  • Radio Operator Certification
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • Life raft deployment, Vessel/Trailer endorsement, Site emergency preparedness
  • Coastal wilderness survival
  • Occupational Health & Safety