Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish 2014

A short course for principal investigators, technicians, trainees, or core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research.
Date: August 17–22, 2014
Location: MDI Biological Laboratory


Education Office
207-288-9880 x102

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish is a short course to help researchers and veterinarians monitor and maintain the health of a colony of aquatic organisms. This course is broad and is appropriate for technical staff, students, postdocs, investigators, as well as veterinarians and veterinary trainees.

The course consists of lecture, laboratory exercises and discussions. During the course thereare ample opportunities for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises.

Topics covered include:

  • Fish Disease: identification, treatment & management
  • General training: anatomy, histology and necropsy techniques
  • Core management: water quality, facility considerations
  • Several species are discussed, but particular emphasis is given to zebrafish


This course is co-sponsored by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is recommended by the MDI Biological Laboratory and Cornell for continuing education credit by State Boards of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


$2,200 (room and board included)

Fellowships may be available to defray tuition costs for research or veterinary trainees.


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Course Director

Paul Bowser, Ph.D.Paul Bowser, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Aquatic Animal Medicine
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Additional Faculty

Michael Kent, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
Christian Lawrence, Ph.D.
Children's Hospital Boston
Jan Spitsbergen, Ph.D.
Oregon State University

SAMPLE SCHEDULE subject to change
(check-in  4pm on Sunday, a Welcome Dinner will be held Sunday at 6pm in the Dining Hall)

8 am - Noon



General Fish Health Management

Necropsy Techniques


Zebrafish Husbandry


The Axolotyl and other Aquatic Animal Models

Normal Fish Anatomy and Histology (con't.)

Overview of Fish Diseases, Infectious and Non Infectious


WET LAB - Small Fish Necropsy

Concurrent session A: Fish Histology and Histopathology

Concurrent session B: Preparation of Diagnostic Specimens and Histology Techniques


Fish Health Management Strategies

Aquatic Facility Disaster Planning

Comments and Review

Noon - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm

Zebrafish Husbandry

Normal Fish Anatomy and Histology

(3:00 pm Free Time)

WET LAB - Fish Anatomy and Necropsy

Small Necropsy (zebrafish, Fundulus)

The IACUC and the IACUC Veterinarian

Student Case Discussions

Diseases of Zebrafish - Mycobacteria, Pseudoloma, Pseudocapillaria

Have a safe trip home!

Housing: On-campus housing is provided in single and double-accommodation dormitory rooms and in shared cottages. The course fee includes the cost of on-campus housing for the attendee.  Family lodging is not available.

Travel, Shuttles, and Public Transportation: Detailed travel information, including airport and ground transportation suggestions, is available on the directions page.

Course participants will be housed on-campus and daily transportation will not be necessary. Public transportation around Mount Desert Island is available on the Island Explorer Shuttle Bus system.