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This is a short course for principal investigators, veterinarians, technicians, trainees, and core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research. The course is directed by Michael Kent, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. Course faculty include: Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D., Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine; Christian Lawrence, M.S., Children’s Hospital Boston; and Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University.  

This course is offered at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mt. Desert Island, which is the home of Acadia National Park. It is intended to help laboratory technicians, researchers, and veterinarians monitor and maintain the health of a colony of aquatic organisms, focusing on zebrafish. This course is broad and is appropriate for technical staff, students, postdocs, and investigators, as well as veterinarians and veterinary trainees.

The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises with a high faculty to student ratio, and discussion. During the course, there are ample opportunities for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises. Course topics include:

·      Fish Disease: Pathogenesis, diagnostics, necropsy methods, treatment and control

·      General Fish Biology: Anatomy, form and function

·      Core Management: Zebrafish biology, breeding, nutrition, water quality, system design, and biosecurity. 


For more information, visit the MDI Biological Laboratory course page or email the Education Office at

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