Welcome to FISH-VET

Fish Investigation & Study Hub for Veterinary Education
and Training

Our facilities offer access to fish housing, breeding and use of several advances instruments specific for research on model fish (zebrafish/medaka) and salmon allowing infection, toxicology, behavior studies, and more. We also provide training programs on fish biology and associated techniques.

Fish Facility NMBU Model Fish and Salmon

Contact Information

E-post: lab-fish-vet@nmbu.no

Address: Oluf Thesens vei 24, 1433 Ås


  • Our laboratory allows you to use two famous small fish model species (the zebrafish and the Japanese medaka) as well as an iconic aquaculture species, the Atlantic salmon, for diverse types of research.

    Zebrafish Danio Rerio

    Zebrafish (Danio Rerio)

    Zebrafish is a tropical fresh-water fish species of the minnow family. Natively widely spread in the Indian peninsula zebrafish have become increasingly important to scientific research. 

    Molecular biology, developmental biology, neuro biology, genetics, cancer research and drug discoveryIt are only the few of the research fealds that employ zebrafish as model animal. 

    The main reasons for the popularity of zebrafish are the relatively low cost of maintenance, their short generation interval, the transparency of the embryos and the readily available tools to manipulate the genome.

    Japanese Medaka, Oryzias Latipes

    Japanese Medaka (Oryzias Latipes)

    Japanese medaka (also known as ricefish) are commonly found in ricefields, channels and ditches in East Asia. Medaka are a commonly kept as ornamental fish in Japan. They are deeply engrained into japanese national culture with references to medaka going as far back as 17’th century. 

    Today medaka are used across the world in vertebrate development and biology studies as well as toxicology studies. Small size and short life cycle, make medaka easy to maintain in model fish laboratory setting. 

    In addition to that medaka have a couple of features making them an attractive model fish for salmonid aquaculture studies: one, they are euryhaline species (lives in fresh water, but can tolerate high salinity) and two, they tolerate low temperatures.

    Atlantic Salmon

    Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar)

    Although wild Atlantic salmon are considered an endangered species. Salmon aquaculture is the second biggest industry in Norway. Salmon is widely used in research with the aim to produce fish that are robust enough to handle aquaculture conditions or the various pathogens found their environment. Testing the physiological responses to pathogens, new vaccines or diets are just the few examples of research performed in our facility. 

  • Our facilities are located in the brand new Veterinary School bulding situated on the campus of the Norwegian University of Life ciences (NMBU) at Ås (30 min from Olso).

    Both the model fish unit and the salmon infection lab is equipped with state of the art equipment for infection, toxicology and behaviour research developed specifically for work with fish.

    We strive for quality of service and research.

    Come work with us!

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    Infection & Toxicology


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    Research and Biology


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    Imaging and Behavior


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  • NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences

    Our facilities are located in the Veterinary School at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
    Elizabeth Stephansens v.15, 1430 Ås, Norway

  • Eirill Ager-Wick

    Eirill Ager-Wick

    Head of section

    Romain Fontaine

    Romain Fontaine

    Head of salmon unit

    Anders Høkedal

    Anders Høkedal


    Anthony Peltier

    Anthony Peltier


    Evgenia Dunaevskaya

    Evgenia Dunaevskaya

    Ph.D Student

    Arturas Kavaliauskis

    Arturas Kavaliauskis

    Head of model fish unit

    David Persson

    David Persson


    Simona Kavaliauskiene

    Simona Kavaliauskiene


    Ida Hellene Kallevik

    Ida Helene Kallevik

    Ph.D Student

  • Handling live animals is subject to strict regulation under Norwegian and European laws. To comply with these regulations, several steps are in place to ensure the proper conduct of experiments and the utmost consideration for animal welfare.

    How does it work?

    You will find most of the documents you need to fill out on our resource webpage.

    1. Contact the fish facility

    Reach out to us to initiate a discussion about your experiment, inquire about availability, and explore possibilities. To assist you in making the most of your initial meeting, we encourage you to download a concise document. This resource will serve as a guide, aiding you in preparing the necessary information we require for a productive discussion.

    2. Receive a quote

    Upon finalizing the details of your experimental setup, you will receive a customized quote. This estimate can be utilized for your funding applications, aligning with the discussed specifics of your project.

    3. Submit a FOTS application and a risk assessment

    In the majority of cases, obtaining a FOTS permit from Mattilsynet is a prerequisite. Additionally, a mandatory risk assessment must be conducted and submitted to the fish facility. Approval of these documents is essential before the contract can be finalized and signed.

    4. Meet with the fish facility staff and its veterinarian

    Reconnect with us to delve into your plan and risk assessment. According to legal requirements, the participation of the fish facility’s veterinarian is mandatory in this meeting. This session is pivotal for clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the fish facility and each party involved in the project. Additionally, it offers an excellent chance to consult with our experts for valuable insights.

    5. Signing of  the contract

    A customized comprehensive contract, outlining the roles of the project manager/leader and the fish facility, is established before commencement. No work initiation, space reservation, or fish ordering takes place until the contract is formally signed.

    6. Make a deposit

    After signing the contract, you will receive an invoice equivalent to 50% of the estimated project cost.

    7. Perform the experiment

    We are committed to supporting your experiment with top-notch services and maintaining open communication throughout the project. In the event of significant deviations from the experiment plan, requiring additional assistance or incurring unforeseen costs, we will promptly reach out to you for discussion.

    8. Final payment

    Upon completion of the project, a final invoice will be issued to settle any remaining expenses. The final cost may exceed the contracted amount if additional technical support beyond the initially stipulated terms has been utilized.

    9. Give us your feedback

    We would greatly appreciate it if you could spare just 2 minutes to fill out a brief 3-question form. Your feedback on what you liked and disliked will help us enhance the quality of our services.

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