Disease Monitoring, Diagnosis, and Prevention in Laboratory Zebrafish (1708)
Food Animal/Equine |  Aquatic
Saturday |  4:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||206A



Katrina Murray DVM, PhD
Zebrafish International Resource Center, University of Oregon

Katrina Murray received her DVM from Oregon State University in 2002 and received a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2007 where she utilized zebrafish as a model for studies of mitochondrial dysfunction. Since 2007 she has been employed as the staff veterinarian at the Zebrafish International Resource Center. In this position, she runs a health and biosecurity program for a large colony of wild-type, mutant, and transgenic zebrafish and manages the ZIRC diagnostic service, which is partnered with the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and provides consultations and diagnostic services to the international zebrafish research community.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


The laboratory zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a popular model organism for studies of development, physiology, behavior, toxicology, and disease. Research labs acquire new strains of zebrafish from stock centers, other research labs, and pet stores. Among research labs, zebrafish systems range from single bench-top tanks to dedicated biosecure facilities with water systems feeding thousands of tanks. University and lab animal veterinarians are becoming increasingly involved in the care and monitoring of these fish populations. Aquatic veterinary duties include recognizing moribund zebrafish, performing in-house diagnostic assays and preparing samples for reference laboratories, counseling researchers and facility employees on diseases of zebrafish, and implementing health monitoring strategies and biosecurity protocols to detect and prevent diseases. These topics will be covered in this overview of veterinary care of laboratory zebrafish. Specific examples will be given from the in-house health program at the Zebrafish International Resource Center including diagnostic results and adaptations made to address emerging biosecurity risks.

Learning Objectives

1. To be able to recognize moribund zebrafish and choose appropriate diagnostic tests

2. To become familiar with common diseases of laboratory zebrafish

3. To be able to design a health monitoring program for a laboratory zebrafish facility

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