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BIO-8014 Aquatic Animal Welfare - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

Theoretical and practical subject.

Course overlap

BIO-3503 Aquatic Animal Welfare 5 stp

Course contents

The first part of the course deals with legislations and regulations in animal experimentation and which types of experiments are under the Animal welfare act and the legislations and regulations which apply to the hold of live fish and decapods. The biological part of the course includes lectures on pain perception, stressors and stress responses, health and welfare, anaesthesia/immobilisation, acclimation, environmental needs and tagging methods. The course also encompasses seminars in which the various topics in the lectures, including ethical issues and considerations, are discussed. Seminars also include work with experimental design (including the three R's) of a given research topic, and compilation of an application to the Norwegian animal research authority on the same research topic. Finally the course includes a one day excursion to the research station in Kårvik for practical demonstrations of experiment preparation, fish handling, blood sampling, anesthesia etc.

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: February 1. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.

Application deadline for external PhD students: December 1.

Researchers at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway or external institutions who carry out experiments with aquatic animals should apply for BIO-3503. Deadline: December 1.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to this PhD course, the applicant must be a student at a PhD programme. Valid documentation is a statement from your institution that you are registered as a PhD student. PhD students are exempt from semester fee.

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.

External PhD students apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9305.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-1006 Animal- and plant physiology, BIO-2002 Physiology II (Animal Physiology)

Objective of the course

The course is mandatory for researchers who carry out experiments with aquatic animals (fish and decapoda) and fulfil the Ministry's requirements for researches, category C.

The course should give the students a sufficient knowledge and background for conducting legal, environmentally safe end ethically acceptable experimental work with live fish and decapods.

Students who has completed the course should:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Obligatory attendance on lectures, seminars and excursion.


3 hours written exam (counts 50%) and a home exam (counts 50%). The home exam is a description of one experiment included in the candidate's PhD study, followed by an assessment of its cost-benefit, if and how the three R's has been regarded, degree of pain and consequential use of anesthetics, need for implementation of humane endpoints etc. Grade: Pass/fail.

Date for examination

En skriftlig prøve 28.04.2017

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pdfs from lectures, scientific articles. Available on request.