Rearing and maintenance of fish as test animal

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General information

This training program is destined for researchers from academia and industry that adopt marine fish in their research, teaching and testing facilities.

This course does not aspire to instruct participants on all aspects of marine fish as experimental animals, but rather to dive into specific topics as listed below. Hereby, purpose-designed structural facilities and infrastructure will be demonstrated and own experimental studies employed. 


Course Topics

  • Marine larval models as an aid to assess the impact of potentially beneficial or noxious agents
    • Egg acclimation & disinfection
    • Axenic vs. gnotobiotic vs. conventional larvae
    • Maintaining, feeding & handling
    • Administration of potentially beneficial or noxious agents
    • Larval follow-up & sampling
    • Laser capture microdissection


  • Wild fish as research animals
    • The intriguing case of skin ulcerations in dab (Limanda limanda)


  • Setting up experimental challenge models for bacterial diseases
    • Acclimation & housing
    • Injection vs. immersion vs. co-habitation
    • Anesthesia & euthanasia
    • Ethical considerations
    • Clinical examination, necropsy & sampling
Contact Person: Tim Verstraeten (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0831 - Aquaculture


Venue: Campus Diergeneeskunde
Merelbeke, Belgium


Open from
5 Apr 2018 to 22 May 2018



Grant Opportunities:

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