Banner image

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish

A short course for principal investigators, technicians, trainees, or core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research.

Date:  August 17–22, 2014
 Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Location:   MDI Biological Laboratory


This course is full, any additional applications will be placed on a waiting list.

Health and Colony Management of Laboratory Fish is a short course to help 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, investigators, as well as veterinarians and veterinary trainees.

The course will consist of lecture, laboratory exercises and discussions. During the course there will be an opportunity for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises.


Paul Bowser, Ph.D., Course Director
Professor Emeritus of Aquatic Animal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University


Education Office
207-288-9880 x102


$2,200 (room and board included)

Fellowships may be available to defray tuition costs for research or veterinary trainees.


This course is co-sponsored by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is recommended by the MDI Biological Laboratory and Cornell for continuing education credit by State Boards of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Topics covered include:

  • Fish Disease: identification, treatment & management 
  • General training: anatomy, histology and necropsy techniques 
  • Core management: water quality, facility considerations 
  • Several species are discussed, but particular emphasis is given to zebrafish

Paul Bowser, PhD
Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University

Mike Kent, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Professor, Dept. of Microbiology
Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences
Oregon State University

Christian Lawrence, PhD
Aquatic Resources Program
Children's Hospital Boston

Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, PhD
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Center for Fish Disease Research and
Marine/Freshwater Biomedical Sciences Center
Oregon State University

SAMPLE SCHEDULE subject to change
(check-in  4pm on Sunday, a Welcome Dinner will be held Sunday at 6pm in the Dining Hall)

8 am - Noon



General Fish Health Management

Necropsy Techniques


Zebrafish Husbandry


The Axolotyl and other Aquatic Animal Models

Normal Fish Anatomy and Histology (con't.)

Overview of Fish Diseases, Infectious and Non Infectious


WET LAB - Small Fish Necropsy

Concurrent session A: Fish Histology and Histopathology

Concurrent session B: Preparation of Diagnostic Specimens and Histology Techniques


Fish Health Management Strategies

Aquatic Facility Disaster Planning

Comments and Review

Noon - 1 pm
1 pm - 4 pm

Zebrafish Husbandry

Normal Fish Anatomy and Histology

(3:00 pm Free Time)

WET LAB - Fish Anatomy and Necropsy

Small Necropsy (zebrafish, Fundulus)

The IACUC and the IACUC Veterinarian


Student Case Discussions

Diseases of Zebrafish - Mycobacteria, Pseudoloma, Pseudocapillaria

Have a safe trip home!

Dinner is served Sunday - Thursday in the Dining Hall. Thursday night will be a special Lobster Fest!

Housing: On-campus housing is provided in single and double-accommodation dormitory rooms and in shared cottages. The course fee includes the cost of on-campus housing for the attendee.  Family lodging is not available.

Travel, Shuttles, and Public Transportation: Detailed travel information, including airport and ground transportation suggestions, is available on the MDIBL Directions page.

Course participants will be housed on-campus and daily transportation will not be necessary. Public transportation around Mount Desert Island is available on the Island Explorer Shuttle Bus system

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce has information regarding local attractions, including Acadia National Park.

Limited fellowships may become available for technicians, students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to help defray the cost of tuition. If you would like to be considered for a course fellowship, please indicate your need and rationale in the application form.

© 2009-2014 MDI Biological Laboratory. All rights reserved.