Overview

The use of fishes in research and testing is rapidly increasing globally, and there is now widening recognition of the need to minimise harms and improve welfare. This RSPCA-led online event brings together experts from academia and industry to share cutting-edge knowledge and approaches to refining fish use, enhancing both animal welfare and translatability.

With sessions focusing on

Session 1 - Fish Welfare

Including fish behaviour, the development of the 3Rs and attitudes to laboratory fish welfare, and using analgesia in fishes

Session 2 - Practical Refinements for Fish

Incorporating refining procedures in general, ‘severe’ procedures, and refining DNA sampling

Session 3 - Welfare Assessment and Humane Endpoints

Including identifying ill health in zebrafish, humane endpoints and the 3Rs in regulatory assessments, and refining the Fish Acute Toxicity Test (OECD TG203)

Event replay

Whilst this event was free to attend, any voluntary donations are appreciated as they will help us to continue to hold similar conferences, meetings and workshops in the future.

Who should attend?

This meeting is appropriate for all those involved in the care, use and regulation of fishes in research and testing, including:

  • Scientists
  • Animal technologists and care staff
  • Veterinarians
  • Regulators
  • Members of Animal Ethics Committees, Animal Welfare Bodies (including the UK AWERB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees

Whilst this event is free to attend, any voluntary donations are appreciated as they will help us to continue to hold similar conferences, meetings and workshops in the future.

Speakers

Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below.

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Agenda

All times are GMT time zone

Event Day – Online
2021-02-23
Session 1: Fish welfare

Including fish behaviour, the development of the 3Rs and attitudes to laboratory fish welfare, and using analgesia in fishes

Session 1: Fish welfare image
Chloe Stevens (Chair)
RSPCA
Gidona Goodman (Chair)
University of Edinburgh
11:00 - 11:05
Introduction
Introduction image
Chloe Stevens (Chair)
RSPCA
11:05 - 11:25
What is it like to be a zebrafish?
What is it like to be a zebrafish? image
Carole Lee
University of Exeter
11:25 - 11:45
“But it’s just a fish”: social and cultural factors influencing the implementation and development of laboratory fish welfare and the 3Rs
Reuben Message
University of Oxford
11:45 - 12:05
Using analgesia in laboratory fishes: what we know and what do we need to know?
Using analgesia in laboratory fishes: what we know and what do we need to know? image
Lynne Sneddon
University of Gothenburg
12:05 - 12:20
Panel Discussion – Q&As
12:20
Lunch Break and virtual poster viewing
Session 2: Practical refinements for fish
Session 2: Practical refinements for fish image
Barney Reed (Chair)
RSPCA
Carl Tucker (Chair)
University of Edinburgh
13:15 - 13:35
Refinements in zebrafish procedural practice
Claire Allen
University of Sheffield
13:35 - 13:55
Quantifying the potential of skin swabbing as a refinement for DNA sampling of laboratory fish
Quantifying the potential of skin swabbing as a refinement for DNA sampling of laboratory fish image
Ceinwen Tilley
University of Leicester
13:55 - 14:15
Morphine alleviates pain after heart cryoinjury in zebrafish without impeding regeneration
Daniela Panáková
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
14:15 - 14:30
Panel Discussion – Q&As
14:30
Break
Session 3: Welfare assessment and humane endpoints
Session 3: Welfare assessment and humane endpoints image
Penny Hawkins (Chair)
RSPCA
Ngaire Dennison (Chair)
LAVA and University of Dundee
14:45 - 15:05
Bent fish? Training to accurately identify ill health in zebrafish
Karen Dunford
University College London
15:05 - 15:25
Implementation of humane endpoints and other 3Rs approaches in regulatory assessments
Sam Maynard
AstraZeneca
15:25 - 15:45
Dying for change: a roadmap to refine the fish acute toxicity test after 40 years of suffering
Ioanna Katsiadaki
Cefas
15:45 - 16:00
Panel Discussion – Q&As
16:00
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Poster submissions

Poster submissions highlighting refinements for fishes in research and testing are very welcome. If you have a poster that you would like to be included in the virtual poster session on the day of the meeting, please email animalsinscience@rspca.org.uk using the title ‘Focus on Fish – poster submission’.

Contact

Should you have any questions about this event, please contact Forum Europe, RSPCA’s logistics partner for the ‘Focus on Fish’ event:

Hannah Corns
Event Manager – On behalf of RSPCA

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 027

focusonfish@forum-europe.com

About RSPCA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a registered charity in England and Wales, with the vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion.