Dr Paul Hardy-Smith
Managing DirectorBVSc(Hons), MACVSc(Aquatic Animal Health), GAICD, Grad Dip(Aquaculture)
Managing Director – Panaquatic® Health Solutions Pty Ltd (“Panaquatic”)2003 – present
Dr Hardy-Smith works in Australia, Canada, the US and a number of Asian countries including Thailand, China and Malaysia. He is an aquaculture and aquatic animal health consultant for national and local governments, multinational companies and privately owned fish farming enterprises.
Production Veterinarian for Heritage Salmon Limited – Canada1999 – 2003
Heritage Salmon produced around 15,000 tonnes of salmon annually. This position required extensive knowledge and experience in the management and control of major diseases of salmon, in farm biosecurity and in fish quality and marketing.
State Government Aquatic Animal Veterinarian for Tasmania1995 – 1999
This position focussed on diagnostics, treatments and the development of aquaculture regulations.
Dr Hardy-Smith also had input at a federal level in developing the National exotic disease policy and import/export guidelines.
Pacific Salmon Farmer, Canada1991
Worked on a Pacific salmon farm near Tofino, British Columbia.
Worked in mixed veterinarian practice primarily in rural Victoria1988 – 91, 93 – 95
- 1987: Bachelor of Veterinary Science – University of Melbourne
- 1995: Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture – Deakin University
- Member (by examination) of the Aquatic Animal Health Chapter, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
- Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Dr Hardy-Smith also has a full commercial Coxswains ticket, is a qualified Commercial Diver and a recreational Diving Instructor
Veterinary PathologistBVSc, MSc, PhD
John is a recognised authority on disease in aquatic animals. He is the author or co-author of over 50 publications encompassing health and disease issues in terrestrial, avian and aquatic animal species. In addition, he has a wealth of hands-on experience in aquatic animal disease diagnosis and research, health certification and the development and implementation of biosecurity strategies.
Veterinary Pathologist – Panaquatic® Health Solutions Pty Ltd (“Panaquatic”)2009 – present
Manager, Aquatic Animal Health – Northern Territory Government1999 – 2009
John was responsible for the implementation of disease diagnostic services, quarantine and health certification programs for aquatic animals in the Northern Territory.
John provided advice to government and industry on policy issues relating to aquatic animal health and coordinated research into disease impacting on aquaculture and fisheries.
Head of Veterinary Investigations – Agriculture Victoria1996 – 1999
As Head of Veterinary Investigations, John held overall responsibility for the management and implementation of a wide range of laboratory based disease, diagnostic and health certification services for animals, birds and fish for the State of Victoria.
He collaborated with AQIS on export testing requirements, supervision of the pathology, diagnostic accessions, histology, electron microscopy, serology, virology, cell culture and bacteriology laboratories of the Institute.
He also worked with the Victorian Division of Fisheries in the provision of aquatic animal disease diagnostic and health certification services and provision of policy advice.
Private Consulting1992 – 1995
John was commissioned to undertake a number of aquatic animal health projects including a review of Australian quarantine policies and practices for aquatic animals.
Head of the Australian Fish Health Reference Laboratory – Victoria1983 – 1992
The Australian Fish Health Reference Laboratory was the first laboratory in Australia committed to the diagnosis of the full spectrum of fish diseases.
As head of this laboratory, John was responsible for coordination of its diagnostic, research and administrative functions.
John was a principal organiser of the first Australian Workshop on Fish Diseases in 1984 which influenced the subsequent career of a number of Australia’s pre-eminent fish pathologists and diagnosticians.
The laboratory subsequently played a pivotal role in the establishment of aquatic animal disease diagnostic capabilities in other States and Territories.
- 1969: Bachelor of Veterinary Science – University of Melbourne
- 1974: Master of Science – Department of Tropical Veterinary Science,
- James Cook University of North Queensland
- 1982: Doctor of Philosophy – Department of Pathology, University of Guelph, Canada
- John is a Member of the Aquatic Animal Health chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.