MDI Biological Laboratory

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish 2021

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.

  • September 26-October 1, 2021
  • MDI Biological Laboratory
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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

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Course Director


Christian Lawrence, M.S.

Children's Hospital Boston

Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP

Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University


2021 tuition:  $3,100 USD for the in person course and $1,500 USD for the online course.

In person 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. Online tuition includes all course materials excluding laboratory exercises.


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