Biocontainment Research Scientist, Andy Holmes, helps a student with aquatic animal husbandry techniques in the Aquatic Animal Health Lab in Orono

Aquatic Animal Health Course


August 16 – 20, 2021
8:30am – 4:30pm
UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Diagnostic & Research Laboratory
17 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME 04473

Throughout this course students will learn the basics of aquatic animal health and diagnostic tools for a diverse group of organisms (i.e. finfish and shellfish) important to Maine’s aquaculture industry. Students will also gain hands-on experience with a wide range of diagnostic techniques and regulatory practices in the context of aquatic animal production.

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Program Description

Course Major Objectives:

  1. To gain a foundation in the basics of aquatic animal health and diagnostics in organisms important to Maine’s aquaculture industry (e.g. finfish and shellfish).
  2. To gain hands-on experience with diagnostic tools and a basic understanding of the diversity of pathogens/diseases of importance to Maine’s aquaculture industry.
  3. To gain knowledge  of the importance of water quality parameters and aquatic system design on aquatic animal health and best biosecurity practices
  4. To gain hands-on experience with biosecurity practices in a wide range of contexts seen in Maine’s aquaculture industry.

Course Overview:

Day 1: Overview of aquatic animal health and the disease triad, as well as, finfish and shellfish diagnostic practices.

Day 2: Disease management – biosecurity and best management practices and mitigation of aquatic animal disease (i.e. vaccination, probiotics, selective breeding, and genetic engineering).

Day 3: Importance of water quality and system design in aquatic animal health.

Day 4: Aquatic animal assessments, diagnostic tools, health policy and guidelines.

Day 5: Field trip to an aquaculture facility for biosecurity review in operation and tour of health laboratory.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Scarlett Tudor at or 207.581.4397 to discuss your needs. 

Program Details


August 16 to August 20, 2021


8:30 am – 4:30 pm


UMaine Extension Diagnostic & Research Laboratory, 17 Godfrey Drive, Orono 04473


Dr. M Scarlett Tudor, UMaine, 105A Libby Hall Orono Campus

Lead Instructor

Dr. Deborah Bouchard, Assistant Extension Professor


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