Zebrafish Husbandry Education Training At UAB

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Zebrafish Husbandry Education Training At UAB

Zebrafish husbandry education courses sponsored by the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) are now available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). These courses are available in two formats: an Online Course and a Hands-On Short Course. Content for these courses was developed by a team of thirty-six ZHA members with expertise in optimal zebrafish husbandry practices for the biomedical research setting. The online course has been taken by over 130 professionals in 73 different institutions representing 11 different countries.  The hands-on short course has been taken by 73 professionals from 33 different institutions. By teaching these state of the art husbandry techniques, the team will encourage standardization of husbandry methods and subsequently research results.
Online Course:  This is a 15 week course containing 30 online sessions. The course is available on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Each session is available online for 4 continuous weeks to accommodate differences in time zones for all participants. Two new sessions come online each week. Each session includes PDF notes, a transcript, and an online quiz. Achieving a score of at least 80% on all quizzes and completion of a course evaluation results in a Certificate of Completion. The sessions are:  Basic Fish Biology; Introduction to Zebrafish; Introduction to Water Quality; Making Water; Temperature; pH; Salinity, Alkalinity, and Hardness; Dissolved Gases; Nitrogenous Wastes; Mechanical Filtration; Biological Filtration; UV Sterilizers; Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Emergency Procedures and Preparation; Spawning Techniques; Larviculture; Zebrafish Nutrition; Production of Live Feeds; Cleaning and Disinfection; Prevention of Disease; Procedures for Quarantine; Introduction to Disease; Non-infectious Diseases; Nonbacterial Infectious Diseases; Bacterial Infectious Diseases; Anesthesia and Euthanasia; Aquatic Facilities Design; IACUC for Zebrafish Facilities; and Regulatory Oversight.  This course offers 6 hours of continuing education credit. Cost is $400 per person.  The next online course begins June 5, 2017.  The link for registration is:
Short Course:  The next short course will be taught May 23 to 25, 2017 at UAB. Participants are divided into groups of five to seven to allow each participant to have maximal interaction with instructors and to have plenty of time to develop each hands-on skill taught. The short course takes place over 3 days, and each group rotates through all of the stations. Each station is led by 2 to 3 instructors, who will guide the participants to learn the tasks using live zebrafish and/or facility equipment. Instructors present the most up to date information available on each husbandry topic as well as personal tips from their experience. Participants will also interact with biologists and representatives from many of our sponsors including: Aquaneering, Aquatic Enterprises/Aquarius Systems, Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems, and Tecniplast. There will be onsite stand-alone racks from vendors; participants are encouraged to observe these racks in use. This is useful to those starting up new programs and selecting equipment.  Sessions last 2 hours and include Introduction to Aquatic Systems; Live Feeds 1 and 2; Spawning and Larviculture 1, 2, and 3; Cleaning, Disinfection, Quarantine, and Health Monitoring; Occupational Health and Safety in the Zebrafish Facility; Water Chemistry 1 and 2; Recognizing Sick Fish and Necropsy; and Anesthesia and Euthanasia. Activities for participants include sexing fish, setting up spawns, harvesting embryos, collecting gametes, performing in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation of sperm, harvesting of live feeds, performing necropsies, measuring water quality parameters, and anesthetizing and euthanizing fish.  Cost is $1500 per person and includes local transportation, room, and board. The link for registration is:
For information, please contact Dr. Hugh Hammer (hhammer@gadsdenstate.edu) or Dr. Susan Farmer (sfarmer@uab.edu).

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