Feruary 12, 2014 meeting

Wednesday February 12, 2014 is the next Meeting of the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society at Maywood community  School, at 7:30 pm.

This Months guest speaker will be Carmen Lake.

Carmen earned her degree in Animal Science then worked in Edmonton at the University of Alberta agricultural test station and university farm, and then with the provincial governments’ pathology Laboratory until she decided to continue her studies.  She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Islands’ Atlantic Veterinary College and practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine for over 16 years locally and internationally. Carmen also became an Associate Professor of Veterinary Physiology educating the next generation of veterinarians before she decided to pursue her Masters degree in Public Health.  Her mission has always been to promote preventative medicine and to take an active leadership role in continuing educating.   Carmen is currently the director and principal of Carmen Lake & Associates, a company dedicated to knowledge transfer and continuing education of medical professionals, allied health care teams, and the public on health issues relating to the human-animal bond.  She has a special focus of infection control and antibiotic resistance.  She also continues to work as a locum veterinarian in the greater Vancouver area.

Carmen had her first aquarium as an undergraduate where she found out first hand the mental health benefits of owning and caring for tropical fish.  She recalls the many hours spent relieving stress by watching her fish swim around their tank.   Fish watching still provides that relief and pleasure.  She now shares the hobby with her son.  They are both active members of the Vancouver Aquatic Hobbyist Society.

Carmen’s talk will focus on preserving the health and safety of the aquarist as they enjoy their hobby.  It aims to be a very interactive and fun discussion.  Some things will be new while others will serve as a reminder of things we tend to forget to consider or perhaps overlook.  Safety is something one cannot stress enough.  Come and see how you may better protect your health.

We will also have our usual Q and A period and our mini auction.
Hope to see you all there this wednesday night.
Check out the vahs.ca website for more info on Carmen Lake.

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