MDI Biological Laboratory
Professional Development

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish 2024

A short course for principal investigators, technicians, trainees, core managers, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research.

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Application Deadline: 09/01/2024

Overview

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish is a short course to help colony managers, 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, and investigators, as well as veterinary professionals and trainees.

The course consists of lecture, laboratory exercises and discussions. With a high faculty to student ratio, during the course there are 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: Pathogenesis, diagnostics, necropsy methods, treatment and control
  • General Fish Biology: Anatomy, form and function
  • General training: anatomy, histology and necropsy techniques
  • Core management: breeding, nutrition, water quality , system design and biosecurity
  • Several species are discussed, but particular emphasis is given to zebrafish

Course Directors

Michael L. Kent, Ph.D.

Oregon State University

Faculty

Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Preliminary Schedule

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish: Preliminary Schedule

 

Sunday – September 15, 2024

15:00 – 18:00 Check-in, Dinner, Evening Meet and Greet.

 

Monday – September 16, 2024

9:00 – 12:00 – Orientation, Overview of Fish in Research, Introduction to Health Monitoring, Physical Parameters and Water Quality.

12:00 – Lunch.

13:00 – 17:00 – Natural History and Behavior in Zebrafish, Normal Anatomy and Disease by Organ System.

18:00 – Dinner.

 

Tuesday – September 17, 2024

9:00 – 12:00 – Normal Anatomy & Diseases continued, Feeding and Nutrition, Diseases Associated with Water Quality.

12:00 – Lunch.

13:00 – 15:30 – Wet Laboratory Exercise: Fish Anatomy and Necropsy Techniques.

15:30 – 17:00 – Systems Design.

18:00 – Dinner.

 

Wednesday – September 18, 2024

9:00 – 12:00 – Maintaining Zebrafish, Introduction to Infectious Diseases.

12:00 – Lunch.

13:00 – 16:00 – Parasites, Bacteria, Viruses.

16:00 – 17:00 – Case Study Discussion.

18:00 – Dinner.

 

Thursday – September 19, 2024

9:00 – 11:00 – Wet Laboratory Exercise: Small Fish Dissection and Microscopy Techniques.

11:00 – 12:00 – Environmental Sampling for Monitoring.

12:00 – Lunch.

13:00 – 16:00 – Health Monitoring, Biosecurity, Quarantine, Working with the IACUC.

16:00 – 17:00 – Developing a Fish Health Monitoring Plan.

18:00 – Evening Lobster Banquet.

 

Friday – September 20, 2024

9:00 – 10:00 – Non-infectious Diseases, Artifacts in Systems, Neoplasia, Treatment Strategies.

10:00 – 12:00 – Group Presentations and Discussion.

12:00 – Lunch.

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2023 Syllabus

Tuition

$3,100 USD

Tuition includes all course materials including laboratory exercises, all meals during the program, on-campus double occupancy housing, WiFi access, and parking. Single occupancy rooms, if available, may be purchased for an additional fee.

Housing

Participant housing consists of double occupancy dormitory rooms and shared cottages. Single occupancy bedrooms, if available, may be secured with additional payment TBA.