KHA Program (Koi Health)

Koi Health Adviser Program



(More information below)


DATES: May start course at any time, with 2 years to finish.

COST: $100, refunded after completion.

REQUIREMENTS: Must belong to an AKCA affiliated club, or have an individual membership in AKCA. No age requirements.

METHOD: There are 8 units to be completed on line, by Adobe Reader documents and email. Help is available by phone.

WET LAB: The 9th unit is the wet lab, which is usually held in conjunction with the annual AKCA business meeting.
We are working on changes that will make it easier for everyone to complete this unit and receive certification.

SOFTWARE NEEDED: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer – may be downloaded HERE
Course may be taken without printing anything at all, but you can print it all out if you wish.

**NOTE: Course can be taken by regular postal mail, but there is an additional charge. email or call Sarah at 719-599-8349 for more information.

OTHER SUPPLIES: Several books and pamphlets are recommended. All pamphlets and books are available on AKCA bookstore. These are resources that you will use frequently in your care of koi, but none are mandatory.  BOOKSTORE


PAYMENT: After completing the application, you can either pay by check per instructions on the application, or pay here with or without a Paypal account with your credit card. Just click this button:



The Koi Health Adviser program is a hobbyist to hobbyist support group. It puts more experienced Koi keepers in touch with those learning about the hobby.

We’ve all been there before, starting out or relatively new and totally frustrated by a sick Koi in our pond. Who do you call, where do you go for answers? Many pet shops don’t normally deal with ponds and many of the ones that do just say “buy this”, most Veterinarians don’t treat fish or ponds, the agricultural extensions are geared toward farming. Out of this frustration was born the KHA program, taking from AKCA member club’s “help lines”.

Hobbyists learn the basic core principals of proper pond design, filtration and water quality. Along with this they learn disease prevention, good nutrition and health basics to become better Koi keepers. Once we are better Koi keepers ourselves we can now help others.

Do KHAs take the place of veterinarians who work with koi? Absolutely not! It is not the KHA’s job to diagnose or treat. The KHA is only the first line of defense. If we can teach our fellow hobbyists about good koi care, many problems would be alleviated. The KHA will be an available resource if a problem does arise. We will be there to give advice about how the owner could deal with the problem either by themselves, or with our help teaching them how. If the pond needs the attention of a Veterinary Professional then the KHA can help the owner get in touch with those vets that deal with ponds or give the local vet a vet contact who does deal with ponds for professional information.


Hello! I am Julie Miller, the KHA director. I have had a pond in Iowa for a number of years but did not know of any pond and koi clubs until a friend approached me about a new one starting up. They needed someone in the club that would learn more about the care and advancements in the hobby and in turn teach the rest of the club. As a recently retired teacher, I took on that task. I found that Iowa had only one veterinarian who works with koi. Many states are even less fortunate and have none. This proved to me how important the KHA program is. Even though I only became a KHA in 2011, I decided to accept the Director position in order to enable others to have the same opportunity to help and receive help.

As the Director, I would like to make sure that all the AKCA clubs are being served well and are able to get the information they need. We need to start by making sure help is available to educate your members and solve problems. To that end I would like for each club to have at least two active KHAs and large clubs should have even more. I would like to challenge each club to support individuals willing to work at becoming a KHA and encourage them to sign up for the course.


  1. Unit One: Pond Design – Instructed by Mike Swanson of Koi Acres
  2. Unit Two: Water Quality – Instructed by Ellen and Myron Kloubec of Kloubec Koi Farm
  3. Unit Three: Pond Filtration – Instructed by Chris Neaves
  4. Unit Four: Koi Anatomy – Instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne, DVM
  5. Unit Five: Koi Physiology – Instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne, DVM
  6. Unit Six: Koi Nutrition – Instructed by Chris Neaves
  7. Unit Seven: Koi Health – Instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne, DVM
  8. Unit Eight: Hobbyist Interface – Instructed by Julie Miller, KHA Director
  9. Wet Lab : Will be conducted at the AKCA Annual Business Meeting.




One step that I am actively working on is trying to update the list of KHAs who are still active. To this end, if you are a KHA please email me at with KHA somewhere in the subject line and let me know if you are active or wish to be on the active list.

There has been some confusion about what is necessary to keep your certification. I am aware that there have not been too many classes offered nor has there been an easy way to report the work that you have done. I am open to suggestions to make this better. As of right now, since the opportunity was really not there, we will consider all KHAs as current rather than penalizing anyone for not having the chance to be recertified. If you have any questions about this please send me an email.

There has also been a chance to receive advanced degrees that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Once I get to know more of those details, I will pass them on to all active KHAs. The advanced degrees include the Advanced KHA and the Master KHA.

Thank You

I would like to take this time to thank the AKCA and the past instructors, founders, and directors of the KHA program. I would also like to thank all the KHAs throughout the US and Canada for your work in enhancing the koi hobby with your service to others regarding proper koi husbandry including better koi health and prevention of diseases. Without your active participation, this hobby would not be what it is today.


Cell: 563-920-4327


Location for the KHA Class of 2016

Clarion Inn University Plaza
5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 277-2230


Additionally, all the instructors will be updating their units by the start of next summer.

I have already signed up some students who are ready to start the units and we will begin soon, so don’t delay in signing up.

If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me at the below email address.


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