Introductory Health and Husbandry of Aquatic Laboratory Animals - Canadian Aquaculture Institute

Cost: $670

Course Overview

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.

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 completed the “Experimental Fish” online course offered through the CAI.


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.  

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. 


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

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