The Canadian Aquaculture Institute

The Canadian Aquaculture Institute is excited to announce that the newly revamped version of the online course, “The Experimental Fish”, is now going live. The course has been updated with the latest information from the Canadian Council on Animal Care, 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 by the user for those who prefer this modality or wish to have the material for future reference.

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. 

CAI 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, CAI 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. 

CAI Courses

The Experimental Fish (online course) 

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.

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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 

CAI 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. CAI 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:
Jonathan Spears, Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Registration information:
Melanie Faye, Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development