Advanced Aquatic Animal Care and Husbandry - Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Cost: $670

Course Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the techniques of anesthesia, surgery, and live sample collection and imaging in aquatic research animals through hands-on training methods.
  • To understand the requirements of aquatic wildlife and field work as well as the challenges of biosecurity in these settings. 
  • To expand the participants knowledge in disease pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment methodologies.
  • To introduce the use of amphibians in research, teaching and testing.

Who Should Attend?

The advanced two-day (2) course is designed for Attending, Clinical or Consulting Veterinarians, Facility Managers and Facility Technicians with experience or training in aquatic animals in the laboratory environment.  This course is recognized by the CCAC as training for those working with aquatic laboratory animals at Canadian Institutions.


Participants are required to have completed “The Experimental Fish” on-line course through the Canadian Aquaculture Institute and have experience in aquatic species in a laboratory setting. Completing the “Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals” or prior experience working with aquatic laboratory animals are also considered appropriate prerequisites.


All materials will be provided for participants during the course.

How Will You Learn?

The two-day (2) course will use a variety of lectures and presentations; 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.  

Cancellation Policy

The CAI/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.


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

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