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Mark Sheppard, B.Sc., D.V.M. (retired), received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada.  His professional career has included roles as: the Lead Veterinarian for the Pacific Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); the Aquatic Animal Health Veterinarian of British Columbia; the veterinary service manager of an international salmon production company and a multi-national aquaculture feed company.  He has offered fish health management services internationally as a private consultant for the past 23 years.

Dr. Sheppard's unique interest and more than 30 years of field experience as a veterinary practitioner in finfish aquaculture has nurtured the development of his expertise of both cold-water salmonids and warm-water aquaculture fishes.  He has provided fish health management, pathology and pharmaceutical expertise to fish culturists of: Canada, United States, Ireland, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Philippines, South China, New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka.

His company, Sakana V Services, offered the following services to clients:
• Cold-water and warm-water finfish assessment of behaviour and pathology.
• Fish health management development, planning and risk assessment.
• Field epidemiology investigative approaches.
• Clinical trial experience.
• Practical technical service education and training to fish health
• General fish health education to aquaculture and federal
  enhancement employees.
• Optimal feed management, husbandry and farm hygiene practices.
• Informed use of pharmaceutical and biological products.
• Regulatory and Licensing expertise and guidance.
• Aquarium and koi health assessments.