This is a foundation course and there are no entry level requirements as it is designed for all backgrounds.
By attending this course you will gain insight into:
- fish welfare;
- why does fish welfare matter;
- industry standards, good practice and legislation;
- fish biology, anatomy and physiology;
- salmon life cycle and smolt production;
- handling techniques, dissection and tissue sampling;
- fish stress, health and disease;
- how vaccines work;
- main fish diseases and pathogens;
- sea lice monitoring and control;
- preventive and therapeutic strategies;
- managing gill problems;
- biosecurity, veterinary health and welfare plans and record keeping.
Structure and content
Welcome, course enrolment and introduction.
Welfare: what is it and how do we measure it:
- What is welfare?
- Welfare in Aquaculture.
- Five freedoms.
- Why fish welfare matters.
- How can we measure welfare – Operational Welfare Indicators (OWI).
- Ethical food labelling scheme.
- What are RSPCA welfare standards.
- How we work with the Aquaculture sector.
- Current areas of welfare importance.
Fish physiology – refresher:
- Brief outline of fish external and internal anatomy.
- Basic processes and functions of fish systems.
- Salmon life cycle and smolt production.
- Smolt assessment and monitoring.
- Applied external and internal gross examination of the fish.
- Blood sampling and processing.
- Skin scrapes and gill fresh preparation.
- Bacteriology samples: transport swabs and inoculation on an agar plate.
- Organ fresh smears/imprint with Gram stain.
- Histology sampling procedure.
- Sampling for virology and PCR.
- Operational Welfare indicators.
Health: what it is and how do we measure it:
- Stress, health and disease.
Main diseases and transmission in farmed fish:
- An introduction to infectious and non-infectious diseases.
- Main viral, bacterial, fungal diseases in aquaculture.
- Key parasitic and environmental diseases.
- Notifiable diseases.
Sea lice case study:
- Sea lice biology and life cycle.
- Sea lice identification and monitoring.
- Fish anaesthesia during the lice count – best practice.
- Impact of lice burden on fish condition.
- Medicinal and non-medicinal sea lice control.
Case studies - health and welfare.
Delivery and assessment
This is a two-day face-to-face course with a mix of classroom learning and laboratory practice. Training is provided by our experienced, world-class researchers from various disciplines and guest speakers from the aquaculture sector. The course runs at the teaching and laboratory facilities of the Institute of Aquaculture.
For enquiries about this course, please contact the Institute of Aquaculture:
Telephone: +44 (0) 1786 467871