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Fish Health and Welfare

Key facts

  • Start date February TBC
  • Fees Supplied upon request
  • Study mode Campus based

The Institute of Aquaculture proudly brings together world-class researchers from a variety of disciplines and guest speakers from across the aquaculture supply chain to deliver the best training as the industry grows to meet local and global demand.

This two-day core course is aimed at all aquaculture stakeholders.

By attending the core course you will gain insight into:

  • Fish biology, anatomy and physiology
  • Salmon life cycle and smolt production
  • Handling techniques, dissection and tissue sampling
  • Stress, health and disease
  • Fish sentience, behaviour and welfare
  • Why welfare pays
  • Main diseases and pathogens
  • Preventive and therapeutic strategies
  • How vaccines work
  • Sea lice monitoring and control
  • Managing gill problems
  • Biosecurity, veterinary health and welfare plans and record keeping
  • Industry standards, good practice and legislation

Our excellent staff, facilities and networks make us the natural first choice for professionals of all backgrounds wanting to know more about fish health and welfare.

Applications are accepted until course is full. To register, please download the CPD course registration form and email to Alex Pargana on a.m.pargana@stir.ac.uk.

  • Entrance requirements

    The core course is tailored as an entry point for people working in all segments of the aquaculture supply chain. Access to enrolment does not require previous experience in aquaculture.

  • Funding

    There are no funding options currently available.

  • Objectives

    To provide a solid understanding of the biological particularities of fish, fish health and disease, disease prevention, fish welfare and relevant legislation, and an overview of salmon production in Scotland.

    Practical training includes a hands-on approach to fish anatomy and dissection, and tissue sampling techniques. Group-work is developed through interactive discussions of case-studies.

  • Structure and content

    Our September course covered:

    Day 1

    Welcome: course overview
    Stress, health and disease
    Fish physiology refresher

    - coffee break -

    Welfare: what is it and how to assess it?
    Main diseases and pathogens

    - lunch -

    Practical: dissection, tissue sampling, bacterial sampling, gill health monitoring

    Day 2

    Key parasitic diseases: sea lice and amoebic gill disease
    RSPCA assured: welfare standards

    - coffee break -

    Vaccination and other preventive strategies
    Vaccination in practice

    - lunch -

    Health in farmed populations
    Drivers for good welfare

    - coffee break -

    Case studies

  • Delivery and assessment

    The course comprises a mix of classroom-based lectures and lab-based practicals. Teaching personnel include specialists from the Institute of Aquaculture and guest speakers from across the industry.

    Assessment is made on an individual basis and can assume a variety of formats, including paper-based and/or online-based. Detailed information on the type of assessment will be provided to participants at the start of the course.

  • Dates on campus

    The full programme is delivered at the Institute of Aquaculture’s facilities on the University of Stirling campus.
    An optional residential package with full board accommodation is available to delegates.

    Dates of next course: February 2019 – new dates available soon. Pre-book your place by completing the registration form.

  • Module co-ordinator

    Alex Pargana (a.m.pargana@stir.ac.uk)

    +44 (0) 1786 467900

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