Introductory Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals - Victoria

Course Category: 
Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Course Overview

This course is designed for laboratory-based professionals who are involved in the care and/or experimental use of fish and/or amphibians. This course addresses a broad range of topics including ethical issues of experimental animal use, recognizing pain, distress and stress in fish, aquatic animal husbandry, anesthesia and euthanasia, routine research and post mortem techniques, water quality and laboratory holding systems, and health and disease of aquatic animals.

Learning Objectives 

  • To introduce the regulatory structure of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and the use of fish in CANADA.
  • To review the utility of the CCAC guidelines of the use of fish in research, teaching and testing.
  • To introduce the concepts of welfare assessment of fish in research, teaching and testing.
  • To provide practical, hands on training in basic techniques used commonly in fish in research.
  • To provide basic understanding of housing methodologies, appropriate water quality and troubleshooting of problems in aquatic animal facilities.

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 required by the Canadian Council on Animal Care. This course is recognized by the CCAC as training for those working with aquatic laboratory animals at Canadian Institutions.


Participants should have some experience in handling aquatic laboratory animals in order to optimize the learning experience. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the online course “The Experimental Fish” from the University of PEI:


All materials will be provided for participants during the course.

How Will You Learn?

The two-day course (2) will use a variety of lectures and hands on laboratory sessions; 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 

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 notices will be issued on or before April 15, 2019. 

Schedule for this Course

Course Date
Victoria, BC
August 19, 2019 - 8:30am
August 20, 2019 - 8:30am
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