The Olympia Fish Health Center (OFHC) is located in Olympia Washington. OFHC provides fish health diagnostic, certification, and troubleshooting services to Federal Hatcheries within western Washington State and the mid-Columbia River area. OFHC will also provide emergency fish health and disease assistance to Tribal, State, and Private entities on a case-by-case basis.
Established national fish health programs include the National Aquatic Animal Health Policy (NAAHP), the National Wild Fish Health Survey (NWFHS) and the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership (ADAAP), all of which OFHC staff participate extensively at the field level.
Outreach and Partnership activities include coordination and support of the Pacific Northwest Fish Health Protection Committee (PNFHPC), and several workshops and training modules that the OFHC staff organizes and facilitate.
The Olympia Fish Health Center was the first Fish Health Center in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide diagnostics by combining the traditional fish health microbiological techniques with histological techniques. This provides a wider perspective on fish health problems and a greater ability to ensure correct diagnosis. Also, the first Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) position in the Fisheries Program within the Service was created at the Olympia Fish Health Center, and the Center currently has 2 VMO staff members.
For more information please contact:
Olympia Fish Health Center
500 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, WA 98503
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