University of Florida Fish Vet Finds Her Niche In The Tank

FLORIDA - For a woman who cures sick fish, you might not expect one of her favorite foods to come from the sea.</b><BR><br>&quot;I love sushi,&quot; said Denise Petty as she sliced near the backbone of a sick trout that had arrived at her lab that morning in a duct-taped Coleman cooler packed with ice.<BR><br>Petty, 50, is an extension veterinarian for the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida; in essence she is a fish vet.<BR><br>&quot;Fish are my obsession,&quot; Petty said. Petty&#39;s main focus at UF is on the fish industry, which is susceptible to any number of nature&#39;s concoctions. More than 50 diseases cause more than $100 million in annual losses in the United States alone.<BR><br>Farm-raised fish are more than a $1 billion-a-year industry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And globally, the fish-farming industry provides about one-third of the fish people consume.<BR><br> <i>Source:</i>

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