Experimental Fish

$81 + 15% HST = $93.15 CAD/USD
Course Category: 
Canadian Aquaculture Institute

The Experimental Fish is an online Moodle training program for people who "use" fish in research, teaching and testing applications. The course syllabus closely follows the core topics outlined in the Canadian Council on Animal Care's National Institional Aquatic Animal User Training Program with special reference to aquatic animals. This program reviews not only regulatory and ethical issues involved in experimental animal use but also the practical aspects of aquatic animal care.

This course is estimated to take approximately 5 hours to complete. However, students are given a 1 month access period to the course material so that they might work at their own pace and schedule.

This online course includes article reviews, discussion boards, and online quizzes. On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

For institutions that are provide training programs for animal user staff, this course in combination with wet-lab demonstrations will provide a complete user training program.

Click here for the French version - Les Poissons d'Expérimentation

Also Available:
The Experimental Fish - U.S. Version
This version include modules on American animal welfare legislation and regulatory systems, IACUC roles and responsibilities, and other issues of specific concern pertaining to fish research in the United States.

Course Topics

This program includes 6 modules on the following topics:

  • Regulation of Experimental Animal Care and Use
  • Ethical Issues of Experimental Animal Use
  • The Three Rs
  • Fish as a Research Animal
  • Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry
  • 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
  • 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

Registration Information

There are no deadlines for registration for this course. Students may register at any time and complete the course at their own pace during the 1 month access period.

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