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Aquatic Animal Health AK310F

Aquatic Animal Health AK310F

ECTS Credits 10
Level Graduate
Course type Elective for MSc in Aquaculture
Start semester Spring 2020
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Bodø
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

The course covers the following main topics: Fish immunology responses and pathogen handling by the host. Fish welfare and stress response in farmed fish. Overview of major bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases of salmonide fish. Disease treatment and control vaccines, prophylaxis and therapy. Tools for pathogen detection and diagnostics.


No costs except semester registration fee and course literature.

Learning outcomes

The student should have:


  • Knowledge of defence mechanisms in fish including host-pathogen interactions.
  • Knowledge of fish welfare, stress responses and how this affect the health.
  • A general understanding of the major infectious diseases of farmed aquatic animals, particularly those affecting salmonide fish.
  • Learned ways of detecting, controlling and treating diseases.

The student should:

  • Learned the functions of the different components of the immune system.
  • Understand the stress response and how this influences the health and welfare of fish.
  • Gained skills in distinguishing different classes of pathogens and assessing both physiological and pathological changes associated with diseases
  • Acquired basic knowledge of the importance of controlling diseases to ensure sustainable aquaculture.

General Competence

  • The course is a vital component of the Master's programme in Aquaculture. The competence acquired will be useful in different sides of the profession ¿ both as a scientist and as an aquaculturist.
  • The course helps students to adopt new measures to prevent diseases and maintain the health of farmed fish.

Mode of delivery

Lectures and seminars.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures and laboratory work.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
AK205F Fish Health and BI217F Microbiology or related subjects.

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, and electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation (first instance 2011 spring).
  • Assignment, worth 30/100 of the grade (first instance 2011 spring).
  • Presentation, worth 0/100 of the grade (first instance 2011 spring).
  • Written examination, 4 Hours. Worth 70/100 of the grade (first instance 2011 spring).

Overlapping courses

AK310F-001 Aquatic Animal Health - paper - 3 study points.
AK310F-002 Aquatic Animal Health - written examination - 7 study points.
AK310F-001, AK310F-002 Aquatic Animal Health - paper - 10 study points.

Included in these studies



Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIO Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources – MAR-BIOMaster
Biology and Aquaculture (Master of Science) and Aquaculture (Master of Science)Master
Biology and Aquaculture (Master of Science) and Aquaculture (Master of Science)Master