LAB 1: Fish Handling, Sedation and Clinical Techniques for Fish
Treating aquatic animals offers some unique challenges for the practitioner. But just like any other species, delivering good medicine depends upon being able to properly restrain, examine and treat the animals in your care. With aquatic animals this often needs to be accomplished in the water, or with some modification of the environment to help the animal tolerate timeout of the water. Proper sedation and physical examination can be accomplished using a variety of techniques. Proper sampling for diagnostic samples can help achieve a working diagnosis, allowing the proper treatment to be instituted as in any other species.
This lab will have an interactive discussion to introduce techniques for handling and examining fish, obtaining proper diagnostic samples and administering the proper treatments. Live koi will be sedated by participants and examination and sampling will be practiced on the fish. Skin scrapes, gill and fin biopsy, phlebotomy and positioning for imaging will be practiced. The fish will be recovered from sedation at the end of the lab for participants to experience the full cycle of sedation. The koi will be adopted out locally after the lab.
LAB 2: Introduction to Shark Medicine
Working with sharks, rays and skates offers interesting challenges. These unique cartilaginous fishes have specific husbandry and medical needs. Treating them requires knowledge of these needs and how to deal with the unique handling to keep the animals and people safe. With thousands of species in the elasmobranch subclass, they may be encountered as pets and they are also some of the most popular exhibit animals in aquariums and zoos. As apex predators they are very important members of the ocean’s ecosystem. Conservation efforts focused on sharks are an important and growing area of environmental science. The veterinarian can play an important role in all of these areas.
This lab will feature an interactive lecture to cover husbandry and medical care for sharks. There will also be a variety of cadavers of various species for a hands-on session to learn dissection and necropsy techniques as well as reviewing anatomy and some clinical procedures.