Focus on Fish 2022 - Practical refinements for fishes in research and testing

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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, which is now in its second year, brings together experts to share cutting-edge knowledge and approaches to refining fish use, enhancing both animal welfare and translatability.

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Session replays

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.

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
2022-02-23
Session 1:
11:00
Introduction
Introduction image
Chloe Stevens (Chair)
RSPCA
11:05
PREPARE for Fish Research
PREPARE for Fish Research image
Adrian Smith
Norecopa
11:25
What Zebrafish want: Rearing with preferred environmental enrichment increases survival and accelerates learning
What Zebrafish want: Rearing with preferred environmental enrichment increases survival and accelerates learning image
Michelle Lavery
University of Guelph
11:45
Effects of Holding Density on the Welfare of Zebrafish
Effects of Holding Density on the Welfare of Zebrafish image
Petronella Kettunen
University of Gothenburg
12:05
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion image
Chloe Stevens (Chair)
RSPCA
12:20
Break
Session 2:
13:15
FISHends/FISHends-DIG project to improve humane endpoints in fish studies
FISHends/FISHends-DIG project to improve humane endpoints in fish studies image
Aurora Brønstad
University of Bergen
13:35
Swimming towards better anaesthetic protocols in zebrafish
Swimming towards better anaesthetic protocols in zebrafish image
Ana Valentim
University of Porto
13:55
Update from the FELASA working group on methods of humane killing of laboratory fish
Update from the FELASA working group on methods of humane killing of laboratory fish image
JP Mocho
DanioVet
14:15
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion image
Penny Hawkins (Chair)
RSPCA
14:30
Break
Session 3:
14:50
The welfare of laboratory fishes in regulated procedures
Paul Schroeder
PisceS Veterinary Services
15:10
Incorporating the 3Rs into Bioaccumulation Testing of Nanomaterials: Chemical Triggers, Invertebrate Tools, and In Vitro Alternatives to Fish
Incorporating the 3Rs into Bioaccumulation Testing of Nanomaterials: Chemical Triggers, Invertebrate Tools, and In Vitro Alternatives to Fish image
Richard Handy
University of Plymouth
15:30
A “slimy” insight into 3Rs: What can we learn from fish mucosal surfaces?
A “slimy” insight into 3Rs:  What can we learn from fish mucosal surfaces? image
Carlo C. Lazado
Nofima
15:50
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion image
Penny Hawkins (Chair)
RSPCA
16:05
Meeting wrap up, take home messages from the day, and close
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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’.

2021 Edition

This event follows the first successful edition which took place on 23/02/2021. Topics included fish welfare, practical refinements for fish & welfare assessment and humane endpoints. Click here to view the event replay.

 

Contact

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

Bronagh Diamond
Event Manager – On behalf of RSPCA

Tel: +44 (0) 292 233 8311

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.