About us

Hugh Ferguson

We are a group of pathologists who are engaged in routine diagnostic work and research into a range of fish species, mostly those of importance to the aquaculture industry, such as salmonids, tilapia, seriola, cobia and more.  This endeavour is currently headed by Hugh W. Ferguson, who earned his veterinary degree from the Royal  School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland and held a Wellcome Research Fellowship at the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University where he obtained his PhD. He subsequently worked for 4 years as a diagnostic pathologist at the Veterinary Research Laboratories, Belfast, Northern Ireland, prior to moving to Canada. He is board-certified in the American college of veterinary pathology (ACVP) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath, London). He was Professor and Chair of Diagnostic Pathology and Microbiology at Stirling University, Scotland, and Full Professor of Pathology at Ontario Veterinary College, Canada. Most recently he was Full Professor and Chair of veterinary pathology, and Senior Research Fellow in Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), St George’s University (SGU), Grenada, West Indies. He is presently Professor Emeritus at Stirling University, Scotland (Institute of Aquaculture).

Hugh Ferguson teaches and consults internationally and is author and co-author of more than 220 scientific papers and books, most of which concern diseases of fish. He is also author and editor of the standard textbook “Systemic Pathology of Fish” Scotian Press, London, 2006. His main interests include basic defence mechanisms, emerging infectious diseases of farmed fish, and integration of traditional pathology with new molecular diagnostic techniques.

Carlos Sandoval Hurtado
Carlos Sandoval Hurtado

The other important member of the group, is Carlos Sandoval Hurtado, Veterinary doctor at Universidad Católica de Temuco, Masters in Science, specializing in Animal Health  at Universidad Austral de Chile. He has over 15 years experience in the area of pathology and histopathology of fish and other species, becoming one of the most renowned histopathologists in Chile. He is currently the Director of VeHiCe (Veterinary Histopathology Center) a leading laboratory in histopathology whose clients include laboratories, universities,  aquaculture industry and avian industry mainly.

Our goal is to provide our readers with knowledge related to fish health and keep this knowledge updated regarding emerging diseases. We want to deliver value to our readers in relation to current and interesting topics to contribute to the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry. Finally, our goal is that this blog becomes a space for dissemination and discussion of issues related to the health of fish.