Level 1: Introduction to Basic Fish Health Management

Course Description

A five-day course on the key principles of fish health management for aquaculture (hatcheries and net pen) and aquarium fishes. The theoretical components of this course emphasize recognition of what is ‘non-normal’ in fish husbandry settings. The interactive lectures focus on recognition of types of diseases: (e.g., environmental, pathogenic, parasitic or genetic) combined with prevention and mitigation techniques. Additional topics include proper techniques for sampling fish (with a practical fish dissection component) and biosecurity techniques. Additional practical components include creation of several SOPs (standard operating procedures) for recording fish health events, biosecurity monitoring and fish necropsy assessment.


  • Describe techniques to properly monitor fish health; including recognizing stress and common disease symptoms.
  • Define and explain the key factors affecting disease propagation in fish culture settings.
  • List the key steps to determine if a disease event was caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites or the environment.
  • Demonstrate how to properly sample fish for shipment to a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Compile checklists and SOPs for disease preventative measures (e.g., biosecurity)  and list the types of applicable (and legal) disease treatments.

Class vs. Field

        Class 5 days



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Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course.Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the NREP schedule page. Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees. Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.