Experimental Fish

Canadian English or French version: $95 + HST; US version: $110 USD
Course Category: 
Canadian Aquaculture Institute

As fish become increasingly important as experimental animals, there is a growing need for training "users" in the principles of laboratory animal science and the proper care and handling techniques associated with these animals.

The Canadian Aquaculture Institute (CAI) has designed this online training program to comply with the recommendations outlined by the Canadian Council on Animal Care Institutional Animal User Training Program with special reference to aquatic animals and the specific needs of these animals in a laboratory setting.  This program also provides participants with an overview of the regulatory and ethical issues involved in experimental animal care and the practical aspects of aquatic animal care. The Experimental Fish course is designed for individuals and organizations that “use” fin in research, teaching and testing applications.

Registration – Continuous Intake

CAI’s continuous intake allows participants to register and begin the course at any time throughout the year. Participants can expect to receive their online login/password information by email within 2 business days of registering for the course.

General Course Information 

The online course takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Participants have up to one month from the date of registration to complete the course, unless otherwise specified. 

The course contains seven (7) modules. At the end of each module participants are required to complete a short-quiz directly related to that module’s content. The minimum acceptable passing grade for each module’s quiz is 80%. 

Upon completion of the modules and successful completion of the accompanying quizzes, participants receive a certificate of completion from the Canadian Aquaculture Institute. This document will certify that the participant has completed the core components as outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care National Institutional Aquatic Animal user training syllabus.

The Experimental Fish course is available in two versions:

Course Topics

The course is divided into 7 modules and covers the following topics:

  1. Regulation of Experimental Animal Care and Use
  2. Ethical Issues of Experimental Animal Use
  3. Fish as a Research Animals
  4. Aquatic Animal Facilities
  5. Aquatic Animal Care
  6. Fish diseases, Anesthesia, and Euthanasia
  7. Occupational Health and Safety in Aquatic Animal Facilities

Course Objectives

The Experimental Fish will instruct participants on:

  • The role and structure of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (Canadian Version)
  • The regulations, policies and guidelines that oversee the care, handling and human treatment of animals in the United States (US Version)   
  • The ethical issues surrounding experimental animal use
  • Factors (e.g. stress, disease, husbandry) affecting research
  • Anesthesia and euthanasia for fish
  • Considerations of selection and set-up of laboratory holding systems
  • Water quality parameters
  • Feed and nutrition for fish
  • Aquatic animal identification and monitoring
  • Recognizing pain, stress and distress in aquatic animals
  • Interdependence of health factors for aquatic animals
  • Humane endpoints
  • Physical, chemical and biological hazards in aquatic animal facilities
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