Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry - Victoria

Course Category: 
Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Course Overview

This advanced course is designed for professionals who are involved in the care and/or experimental use of fish, and amphibians. The curriculum addresses a broad range of in-depth topics including such as anesthesia and surgery of fish, live tissue collection and electronic tag placement, aquatic wildlife research, field-based experimental methods, biosafety and biosecurity in the aquatic environment, advanced aquatic animal husbandry and disease management. The course is offered as a combination of didactic lectures and hands-on wet laboratories.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the techniques of anesthesia, surgery, and live sample collection and imaging in aquatic research animals through hands-on training methods.
  • To understand the requirements of aquatic wildlife and field work as well as the challenges of biosecurity in these settings.
  • To expand the participants knowledge in disease pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment methodologies.
  • To introduce the use of amphibians in research, teaching and testing.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed to fulfill the requirements of Continuing Education for Attending, Clinical or Consulting Veterinarians, Facility Managers and Facility Technicians as described by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.


Participants are required to have completed “The Experimental Fish” on-line course through the Canadian Aquaculture Institute and have experience in aquatic species in a laboratory setting. Completing the “Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals” or prior experience working with aquatic laboratory animals are also considered appropriate prerequisites.


All materials will be provided for participants during the course.

How Will You Learn?

The two-day (2) course will use a variety of lectures and presentations; interrelated group work; case study and integrated experiential learning.

Who Will Teach the Course? 

The course will be delivered by experts with specialized training and experience in the fields of aquaculture, aquatic animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine.  

Canadian Aquaculture Institute (CAI)

Since 1994, the Canadian Aquaculture Institute (CAI) has been a leader in providing continuing education for the aquaculture industry and animal health professionals, particularly in the areas fish health (including finfish, molluscs, and crustaceans), production, technologies, and management. More recently, CAI has developed programming to meet the needs of veterinarians, animal health technicians, researchers, and technical staff who use or care for aquatic animals in laboratory settings.

Working in close association with the expert faculty and technical staff of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada), and industry professionals, the CAI team develops and delivers customized training programs to clients in local, national and international settings.

Administration supported by UPEI's Professional Development Portfolio, which delivers professional development and continuing education courses, workshops, programs, and other services.

Cancellation Policy

The CAI/UPEI reserves the right to cancel courses due to low enrolment or various other circumstances.Participants should not book their travel until they receive a notice of official confirmation. Official confirmation notices will be issued on or before April 15, 2019.

Schedule for this Course

Course Date
Victoria, BC
August 21, 2019 - 8:30am
August 22, 2019 - 8:30am
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