Course code VET313

VET313 Aquatic Animal Medicine and Fish Health

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .

Course responsible: Øystein Evensen
ECTS credits: 7.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Look at the semester plan
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Course contents:
  • Aquatic Animal Medicine
  • Fish diseases with emphasis on disease in farmed fish
  • Fish Biology
  • Fish Histopathology 
  • Fish Pharmacology and Treatment
Learning outcome:

The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 3.14, 3.18, 3.19, 3.20

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have knowledge of the farming industry's structure, principally in the production cycle and the most important diseases of farmed fish
  • Have basic knowledge of the life cycle of Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout and cod in fish farming.
  • Have knowledge of infectious and production-related diseases in the different phases of the production cycle, with emphasis on issues related to the introduction of agents (pathogens), host factors and environmental conditions.
  • Have knowledge of principles of disease prevention, including infection containment and vaccination under farming conditions.
  • Be able to diagnose various diseases in farmed and wild fish based on histological preparations, provide a general description of pathological changes and indicate possible differential diagnoses.
  • Know general characteristics of the cultivation and disease in wild fish (salmon), and interactions between wild and farmed fish.
  • Be able to conduct autopsies and know how samples should be taken for submission to a diagnostic laboratory.
  • Conduct surveys of fish parasite.
  • Be able to treat diseases in farmed fish.
  • Understand the legislation concerning the welfare of fish and understand that good health is an important indicator of welfare.
Learning activities:

The teaching will focus on relevant species and modern farming of ths\ese. The teaching will include the diseases occuring in these species. 

Teaching is spread throughout 8th semester. Introductory instruction is given in the form of lectures, group rotation instruction in the mixed block in form of courses in fish histopathology. In addition, there is organized a field trip to Sandnes with visits to fish farms along with local fish health veterinarians and this is combined with practical autopsy and lectures about relevant subjects. In the teaching it is included a seperate study based on different cases and presentasions of these in plenary

Teaching support:
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Fronter. 
Aquatic Animal Medicine is a field of study that primarily deals with diseases in aquaculture with emphasis on salmon farming. Knowledge in Aquatic Animal Medicine is essential to be able to make rational choices in the diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of diseases in aquaculture.
Recommended prerequisites:
Block earlier in the program. Fish have been taught previously in all relevant contexts.
Mandatory activity:

Group instruction in pathological diagnosis in fish. It is agreed with the field course instructor how the course can be taken again later in the semester in case of absence, possibly next year.

Field course in Frøya must be taken again next year (or similar programmes) that the students must provide themselves and in consultation with the course coordinator.


Presentations of tasks.

Students will normally be able to take the exam even though not all mandatory training is approved, but the grade will not be valid until the study requirements are passed.


4 hour written final exam (AKVFIS06)

Examination support material: None

Grading scale: A-F


Requirements for personal equipment

Lab coat, warm clothes in the field course


Field course: Marine Harvest's procedures for employees are followed. It is mandatory with lifejackets when the students are on board the boat or out at sea sites. In addition, students are required to abide by the messages given, either from the instructor, skipper of the boat, or the operator of the facilities. There are special safety procedures on board the boats and limitations in passenger numbers. In all plants and in most of the boats there are first aid kits available that we can use in case of cuts, etc. There is very little or absence of zoonotic potential in the autopsy material we have access to. Upon visit to the slaughterhouse, all will be equipped with overwrap suits and shoes for the sake of product quality and safety.

Examination details: Skriftlig eksamen og obligatorisk aktivitet: A - E / Ikke bestått