Fuerste Vaccination Services we are committed to delivering the most efficient and safe services to the aquaculture industry on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. As a full service Vaccination company we provide the following services to our clients: On site supply of teams of trained vaccinators. Fin clipping and PIT tagging services. Assistance in setting up of the vaccinating system. Training and consultation for and with Fish Health and Hatchery Technicians. Fuerste Vaccination Services prides itself on being progessive in areas of Crew Health and Safety, Fish Health, Personal Management, Equipment Management and strong relations with Hatchery Management and Fish Health Staff.

Company details

9590 Gleadle Road , Black Creek , British Columbia V9J 1G1 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Aquaculture
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

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Fuerste Vaccination Services started in August 2011 by Heidi Fuerste with contracts at Mainstream Canada’s Little Bear Bay Hatchery and Marine Harvest Canada’s Dalrymple and Big Tree Creek Hatcheries.  By the end of the season, contracts had been completed with Grieg at their Gold River Hatchery, additional Mainstream and MarineHarvest sites and with several pharma companies. Almost 8 million doses of vaccine were delivered.   

This second year has seen repeat contracts through all three major aquaculture companies along with an increase in total production. 

In 2011 Fuerste Vaccination Services was awarded Positive Aquaculture Awareness award: “Rookie of the Year”.  Heidi feels this reflects her dedication to the industry.

Our primary goal: To provide fish with disease protection to help ensure a healthly, robust life.  While our services and the products we use can not protect against all diseases, we are able to reduce fish mortalites, create a higher quality end product, and reduce production costs.

Our secondary goal: To provide desirable employment for teams of qualified vaccinating technicians. 

  • We pay very competitive rates with regular seasonal increases.
  • Provide safe working conditions.
  • We strive to have a cohesive crew who enjoy their duties and care about the fish they handle.
  • There is a provision of Professional Development money for additional training.
  • High rate of return technicians each year

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Heidi is very clear in her dedication to the crew and the quality of work they produce. New equipment is purchased on a regular basis, minimizing downtime and poor calibrations. The core crew members return season after season and assist in training the new recruits, providing constency in service from the start of the season.

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Our consistent performances of efficiency, speed, excellent shot placement and uncompromising ethics instills confidence and trust. 

We use equipment which is properly maintained and replaced on a regular basis.  Record keeping is comprehensive and up to date providing proof of proper dosing.  

On site assessments are completed by both the Pharma companies and Fish Health Personal at the various hatcheries. The results are always positive with excellent shot placements and low adhesion rates. 

Our Commitment

We treat every fish with care to ensure they are as healthy and protected as possible. 

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Due to the danger of self-injection all techs attend a yearly training session, and are reminded constantly of safety protocols when handling the vaccine and equipment.  Needle guards are used on the IP injection guns, and if necessary techs are asked to wear safety glasses to ensure vaccine does not enter their eyes.   

Additionally, regular Health and Safety meetings take place at each site, this ensures the crew is aware of any inherent dangers. Reducing injuries and potential injuries is engrained into the culture of Fuerste Vaccination Services.   

Fuerste Vaccination Services is up to date with WorkSafe BC, follows safety regulations, and ensures all staff follows regulations. This level of Health and Safety awareness is the highest within the local vaccinating industry. 
  • 4 of the techs have attended Marine Harvest’s Brain Safe program
  • 3 hold their Basic First Aid 
  • 1 tech has her OFA Level 3.   

High levels of Biosecurity are enforced, and all crew follow hatchery specific protocols. Equipment is generally not transferred between sites as there are two sets of guns for each site.  This minimizes down time if a gun malfunctions, and exceeds standard biosecurity requirements.