Zebrafish Training Days at UCL

The UCL Zebrafish Facility now offers bespoke training for zebrafish husbandry. Conducted in the
facility itself, attendees will get the opportunity to see a working zebrafish facility and will be provided
with reference materials to keep as well as the classroom based training courses. Some courses
have a practical element that will involve coming into contact with fish or the systems used in the
facility.Each training day is unique, as attendees will choose which courses appeal and will be the most
beneficial. The cost of the course will be calculated based on the number of courses requested; once
a request for courses has been made, the registrant will be sent a quote for the training day.
To receive a quote for a training day, please use the request form below and select from the following courses:

Course Descriptions

Biosecurity: How to maintain the different possible levels of biosecurity and how to minimise the

Systems: Water is the basis for any fish husbandry. This will cover water quality and how to
maintain it, including testing and filtration units, as well as how this can impact fish health.

Housing: How to properly house zebrafish in tanks, and what factors that need to be considered in
order to maintain a healthy colony.

Live Food Culturing: This will cover how to culture and maintain healthy feed stocks, namely rotifer
and artemia.

Environmental Enrichment: This will cover how enrichment is addressed and incorporated into
zebrafish husbandry, including discussions on whether or not structural enrichment is necessary.

Feeding: This will cover the different possible methods of feeding or devising a feed protocol for
zebrafish and the factors that need to be considered.

Handling and Sexing: This will cover how to determine if a fish is male or female by looking at
minute detail. Additionally, attendees will learn how to handle fish at different ages and must be able
to demonstrate this knowledge.

Larval Rearing: This will cover the large variety of different protocols and preferences used
throughout the zebrafish community, including housing and feeding, as well as covering the different
life stages of zebrafish.

Health Monitoring: This will cover multiple topics, including different methods to screen a facility for
pathogens, pain prevention, and how to identify different clinical expressions. The course will end in
an interactive quiz.

Breeding and Colony Management: This will cover different breeding techniques in general, and
how to maintain a genetic strain of zebrafish.

S1K: This will cover Schedule 1 of ASPA, as well as the practical requirements. Participants must
either attend the handling and sexing portion, or be able to prove handling competency.