The Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Since 1994, the Canadian Aquaculture Institute (CAI) has been a leader in providing continuing education for the aquaculture industry, particularly in the areas of aquatic animal health, production, technologies, and management. 

The Canadian Aquaculture Institute also delivers programming to meet the needs of veterinarians, animal health technicians, researchers, and technical staff who use or care for aquatic animals in laboratory settings.

Internationally Recognized Expertise 

Working in close association with the expert faculty and technical staff of the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), other faculties at the University of Prince Edward Island, and industry professionals, the Canadian Aquaculture Institute develops and delivers customized training programs for regional, national, and international settings.

AVC is a Centre of Excellence for teaching and research in aquatic health sciences. Faculty and researchers at AVC have earned an international reputation for specialized clinical and research work for finfish, molluscs, and crustaceans. Through proactive surveillance, research, and development in the areas of fish health, nutrition, and production, AVC has played an integral role in the growth and success of the aquaculture industry. 

The Institute’s programs have reached thousands of participants in countries around the globe—involving many facets of aquaculture and aquatic animal research. 

Canadian Aquaculture Institute Courses

Experimental Fish

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

The Canadian Aquaculture Institute has designed this online training program to comply with the requirements outlined by the Canadian Council on Animal Care, American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and Animal Welfare Committee of the American Veterinary Medicine Association with special reference to aquatic animal welfare and the specific needs of laboratory fish as research models. 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. Experimental Fish is designed for individuals and organizations that use finfish in research, teaching, and testing applications.

Experimental Fish has been updated with the latest information from the CCAC, AALAS, AAALAC, and the AWC of the AVMA, recent research on laboratory fish, and input from experts in the field of aquatic fish health and husbandry. In addition, the format of delivery of the online course is now highly interactive with more images, animations, knowledge checks, and comprehensive testing. The content in each section is also provided in PDF format available for download.

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Introductory Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals 

This course is designed for professionals who are involved in the care and/or experimental use of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs. 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.

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Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry

The advanced two-day (2) 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 advanced topics such as anesthesia and surgery of fish, live tissue collection and electronic tag placement, imaging modalities for aquatic organisms, 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.

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Customized Training 

The Canadian Aquaculture Institute offers workshops, seminars, and short courses to meet the training needs of the aquaculture industry and other sectors that use aquatic animals. Programming may be developed for general audiences, or customized to meet the specific needs of client groups. Canadian Aquaculture Institute programming incorporates a balance of classroom, laboratory, and on-site learning opportunities to provide participants with a wider range of experience and skills.

Small class sizes allow more hands-on learning and instructor-participant interaction, and the flexibility to tailor program content to the particular needs of an audience. 


Course content information:
T. Jeffery Davidson, Canadian Aquaculture Institute 

Registration information:
Rick Covey, Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development