SEASTAR COMMUNICATIONS AND CONSULTING LLC

Aquatic Animal Veterinary Consulting Services

Dr. Natalie Stilwell is a veterinarian who provides aquatic animal health consulting services for a variety of businesses, including aquaculture facilities, zoos, public and private aquariums, and research facilities using aquatic animal models.  She is highly experienced with a wide variety of freshwater and marine ornamental, food, and sport fish species.

Veterinary Consulting

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Dr. Stilwell is a licensed veterinarian in the state of Georgia. She provides aquatic animal health consulting services for a variety of businesses, including aquaculture facilities, zoos, public and private aquariums, and research facilities using aquatic animal models.  She is highly experienced with a wide variety of freshwater and marine ornamental, food, and sport fish species.

Services 

  • Site visits

  • Physical examination and necropsy

  • Water quality testing

  • Histology

  • Bacteriology, virology, and mycology

  • Husbandry consultation

  • Continuing education lectures for veterinarians, zoo staff, and aquarists


A note for HOME AQUARIUM AND POND HOBBYISTS:

Dr. Stilwell does not currently treat pet fish. If your home aquarium or pond fish are having health issues, click the button to locate a fish veterinarian in your area who sees pets:


Notable Publications

  • Stilwell NK, Whittington RJ, Hick PM, Becker JA, Ariel E, van Beurden S, Vendramin N, Olesen NJ, Waltzek TB (2018) Partial validation of a TaqMan real-time quantitative PCR for the detection of ranaviruses. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 128:105-116.

  • Stilwell JM, Stilwell NK, Stacy NI, Wellehan JFX, Farina LL (2017) Extension of the known host range of intranuclear coccidiosis: infection in a group of red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48:1165-1171.

  • Subramaniam K, Gotesman M, Smith CE, Steckler NK, Kelley KL, Groff JM, Waltzek TB (2016) Megalocytivirus infection in cultured Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. Dis Aquat Org 119: 253-258

  • Hesami S, Viadanna P, Steckler N, Spears S, Thompson P, Kelley K, Yanong R, Francis-Floyd R, Shelley J, Groff J, Goodwin A, Haenen O, Waltzek T (2015) Carp edema virus disease (CEVD) / koi sleepy disease (KSD). Fact Sheet 189, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida

  • Jancovich JK, Steckler NK, Waltzek TB (2015) Ranavirus taxonomy and phylogeny. In: Gray MJ, Chinchar VG (eds) Ranaviruses: lethal pathogens of ectothermic vertebrates. Springer, New York

  • Steckler NK, Yanong RPE, Pouder DB, Nyaoke A, Sutton DA, Lindner JR, Wickes BL, Frasca Jr. S, Wolf JC, Waltzek TB (2014) Phaeohyphomycosis due to Veronaea botryosa in hatchery-reared sturgeon. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 111: 229-238

  • Cassiano EJ, Wittenrich ML, Waltzek TB, Steckler NK, Barden KP, Watson CA (2015) Utilizing public aquariums and molecular identification techniques to address the larviculture potential of Pacific blue tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus), semicircle angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus), and bannerfish (Heniochus sp.). Aquaculture International 23: 253-265

  • Steckler NK, Yanong RPE (2013) Lernaea (anchorworm) infestations in fish. Fact sheet FA185, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida

  • Steckler NK, Yanong RPE (2013) Argulus (fish louse) infections in fish. Fact sheet FA184, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida

  • Steckler NK (2012) The escaped convict: treatment and recovery of traumatic gas bladder injury in a convict cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) following a tank escape. Florida Aqua News 5:1