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Event set to be a knock out

27 March 2017

Anaesthesia protocols and a debate on possible refinements of routine procedures with ornamental, farm, wild and laboratory fish are the key themes for this week’s Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) conference.

Taking place at the Norton House Hotel, outside Edinburgh, on 30th March the event is titled ‘All you ever wanted to know about Fish Anaesthesia but were afraid to ask’. It is set to cover topics like averseness, analgesia, prolonged anaesthesia or immobilisation, adverse effects and peri-operative care. Moreover, any documented feedback on survival during or post-anaesthesia will be considered.

Event organizer J-P Mocho told The Fish Site: “To some regards the anaesthesia day is the follow-up of the first keynote speech. Fish are a protected lab species under the British legislation and therefore supplying anaesthesia and analgesia are a legal requirement during some experimental procedures. How can we achieve that in practice? Let's brainstorm together, share practice and experience. Surely the lab experience can help the fish vet similarly. The second keynote speaker is a perfect example of that cross-road, as he will present in both meetings.”


09.00 Registration

09:30-10:00 Principles of anaesthesia applied to fish
10:00-10:30 Have you got anything for pain?
10:30–11:00 How to avoid the aversive shores

11:00-11:15 Refreshment break

11:15–11:30 How to make everyone sleep in a public aquarium
11:30-11:50 Anaesthesia of large lab fish
11:50-12:10 Anaesthesia of farmed fish
12:10-12:40 Introduction to group discussion and experience sharing

12:40-13:10 Lunch

13:10-13:30 Electrical stunning: a dazzling knock-out or a blitzkrieg?
13:30-14:15 Norway to refine? Isoeugenol vs. tricaine
14:15-14:45 How not to cross your zebra and other lab challenges

14:45-15:00 Refreshment break

15:00-16:30 Small group presentations:
• Toxicity: any issues to discuss?
• Do you provide analgesia? If not, why not?
• Has anyone tried something other than tricaine? Detail success or
• Discussion on routine protocols from sedation to euthanasia. Any
room for refinements?
• Could we agree on one recommendation drug for euthanasia?
Would it be species specific?

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