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Practical Training Courses

Gill Health Assessment

Duration: Half Day

Gill health represents a serious  challenge across the salmon farming industry. Due to the complex nature of  gill disease, accurate assessment of gill health can be challenging. Maintaining consistency in on-site gill assessment is imperative to ensure appropriate health management decisions are made.

This course covers the fundamentals of anaesthetising and handling fish for gill assessment, distinguishing between different causes of gill disease. Participants are given the opportunity for hands-on amoebic gill disease (AGD) and proliferative gill disease (PGD) assessment under the guidance of experienced fish health professionals.

At the end of the course, gill assessment competency will be evaluated using live fish.

Sea Lice Identification and Monitoring

Duration: Half Day

This course covers both the theory and the practical aspects of sea lice identification. The course is designed to ensure that participants have a good understanding  of sea lice biology and sea lice life cycle. Skills covered will include:

  • Best practice fish anaesthesia
  • Correct fish handling procedures
  • Identification of lice species, sex and stage of development
  • Assessment of fish condition and impact of any lice burden

Practical training will include identification and enumeration of sea lice. Trainers will ensure that candidates are competent in the identification of sea lice in situ and fully understand the requirements regarding sea lice monitoring under the ‘Code of Good Practice’ and the RSPCA Welfare Standard for Farmed Atlantic Salmon.

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Plankton Sampling and Identification

Duration: One Day

A laboratory based course focussed on maximising useful information gained from every diagnostic submission. 

Course topics include:

  • Best practice for selecting fish for sampling and sample size
  • What samples to collect for histology, bacteriology, PCR, virology, serum biochemistry and radiography
  • Preparation and storage of samples

This course may be combined with other short courses.

Basic Microscopy

Duration: Half Day

A short practical course either on site or at our laboratory that gives participants an understanding of basic microscopy. Participants will achieve competency with their on-site equipment and be taught standard sampling techniques relevant to the area in which they operate. 

Courses can be tailored to suit the types of standard screening suitable for the site e.g. skin scrapes, gill wet preps or phytoplankton sampling.

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Best Practice Health Monitoring

Duration: One Day

A practical course that can be tailored to either freshwater or seawater use and incorporates “Basic Microscopy and Diagnostic Sampling” with further training on the principles of proactive health monitoring.

The course will provide participants with a short introduction to the most common pathogens affecting farmed salmon, available tools to identify them and the knowledge to collect appropriate samples for further investigation of disease events in aquaculture facilities

Plankton Sampling and Identification

Duration: One Day

This course introduces participants to the equipment required to carry out effective plankton sampling and provides the participants with the skills to identify a range of common and harmful species.

Dynamics of bloom formation — the mechanisms by which plankton causes harm — alongside strategies to mitigate or avoid the effect of harmful plankton blooms in aquaculture sites will also be discussed.

"Continuing education and training programs allow aquaculture businesses to remain at the forefront of a growing industry"

Want to enrol on one of our courses?
Call 01463 717774

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