Laboratory Animal Science - Species Specific Course on Fish

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
22-24 May 2024 09:30 17:00 Carus building, Wageningen Campus WIAS 15 / 15 Registration ended at 05/05/2024
18-20 September 2024 09:00 16:30 Carus building, Wageningen Campus WIAS 14 / 15 Apply

Course description

Course description: This course is intended for researchers and professionals who are currently working with, or are planning to work with, fish in an experimental setting.

The course meets the standards for the species-specific education and training requirements for persons designing projects and procedures for fish.

Course objectives: The objective of this course is to present basic and appropriate biology, care, health and management of fish, recognition of pain, suffering and distress in these animals and minimally invasive procedures to be applied on these animals.

Learning goals: Learning outcomes in accordance with the EC Training and Education Document relating to Directive EU/2010/63,  EU/2010/63,

General Information

Target Group

PhDs, WUR staff and non-WUR participants

Course level

In-depth, postgraduate

Group size

A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants

Course duration

3 days and is given around September every year

Prior knowledge

MSc in a biological, bio medical or zootechnical field. We recommend to follow the basic Laboratory Animal Science course before the species-specific course. In case this is not practically feasible for each participant, we also allow starting with this species-specific course.

Homework/ self- study

Active participation and preparation on the lectures and practicals



Credit points

0.8 ECTS

Name lecturers

Janneke Arts, Geert Wiegertjes, Roel Maas, Sylvia Brugman, Maria Forlenza, Menno ter Veld, Ronald Booms and Johan Schrama

Course content coordinator

Janneke Arts

Teaching method

Lectures and practicals


Wageningen University campus, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Carus building


Day 1

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome, introduction

Janneke Arts

10.00 – 10.10



10.10 ­– 11.00

Fish health

Geert Wiegertjes

11.00 – 11.10



11.10 – 12.30

Practical anesthesia/ euthanasia, anatomy and health

Menno ter Veld, Ronald Booms, Sylvia Brugman/Maria Forlenza

12.30 – 13.00



13.00 – 16.30

Practical anesthesia/ euthanasia, anatomy and health continued

Menno ter Veld, Ronald Booms, Sylvia Brugman/Maria Forlenza

Day 2

09.30 – 10.15

Nutrition and physiology

Marit Nederlof

10.15 – 10.30



10.30 – 12.00

Recirculation systems

Roel Mass

12.00 – 12.30



12.30 – 16.30

Practical  housing and water quality

Menno ter Veld and Roel Mass

Day 3

09.00 – 10.45


Sylvia Brugman

10.15 – 11.00



11.00 – 11.45


Nanneke vd Wal

11.45 – 12.00



12:00 – 12:45


Arjan Palstra

12.45– 13:15 Lunch  
13:15– 14:15 Transitional Models Maria Forlenza

14:15 – 14:45

Certificates, evaluation

Janneke Arts


Fee (includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches)

1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University doing a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)


2) University fee: All other PhD candidates / postdocs and staff of Wageningen University


3) External fee: All other participants


Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to 1 month before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged with the University fee, unless: 

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement. In this case you will be charged a €50,- cancellation fee.
  • You are a PhD of Wageningen University with a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree). In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indication the reason for cancellation.

Information: For more information please contact:, tel: +31317486836 or