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The one week aquaculture and fish pathology course at Hjelmeland is a mandatory, practically oriented field course for veterinary students at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in the 8th semester. The course is typically run in the beginning of May.
This course is the practical termination of the fish health courses (lectures, histopathology course and group work/colloquiums) given in the 8th semester. The aim of this course is to give the students practical training in handling fish, sampling, necropsy and understanding of fish health work under practical conditions.
The practical parts of the course are run in collaboration with Marine Harvest, Region South (MH), and their fish health personnel in the area. Marine Harvest operates several hatcheries and sea-farms for salmon and halibut in the area. Hjelmeland is also MH’s administrative centre and their slaughtering facilities are also located here.
Tour of the slaughtering plant and laboratories. Necropsy of fish. Assignments given to student groups. Student groups visit hatcheries and grow-out sites with local fish health personnel. Students will see different types of farms and layouts, encounter different health-related problems and see relevant species of farmed fish in the area (Salmon, rainbow trout, cod, halibut). Students will perform necropsies, blood sampling, lice counting and bacteriology, as well as interviews with the farmers. Vaccination of fish. Group presentations of assignments.