Courses & Units

Aquatic Animal Health JFA303


This unit provides students with understanding of aquatic animal health issues. Disease diagnosis and treatment are discussed with the main emphasis placed on health management. Host, environment and pathogen relationships are examined. The unit covers immunology of aquatic animals. Problem-solving exercises provide case histories for a variety of species.


Unit name Aquatic Animal Health
Unit code JFA303
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Professor Barbara Nowak
Teaching staff Associate Professor Andrew Bridle
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the relationship between host, pathogen and environment.
  • Identify and describe in detail host and/or environmental parameters involved in disease processes.
  • Recognise pathogens and discuss/describe in detail the pathogenesis of the diseases they produce.
  • Recognise the major diseases affecting cultured fish and know how to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information to assist with the diagnosis of disease.
  • Explain the theory and practice of disease control and treatment using current industry/professional examples.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050799 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,967.00

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly for 13 weeks, 2-hr tutorials/seminars, 3-hr practicals

AssessmentPractical Reports (20%)|Practical report (20%)|Short Answer Questions (20%)|Final Exam (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Bruno, D.W., Alderman, D.J. and Schlotfeldt, H.J., 1997,  What should I do?  A practical guide for the marine fish farmer. EAFP, Aberdeen.

Iwama, G., 1997,  Fish stress and health in aquaculture.

Iwama, G. and Nakanishi, T., 1996, The Fish Immune System.  Fish Physiology, vol. 15. Academic Press San Diego.

Lightner, D.V., ed, 1996, A Handbook of Pathology and Diagnostic Procedures for Diseases of Penaeid Shrimp, World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

Kent, M.L. and Poppe, T.T.  1998,  Diseases of seawater netpen-reared salmonid fish.  Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo

Noga, E.J., 1996, Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, Mosby-Year Book, Inc., St Louis.

Post-Graduate Committee in Veterinary Science.  Proceedings No. 128, 1990,   Fin Fish Diseases.  Sydney University, Sydney.

Post-Graduate Committee in Veterinary Science.  Proceedings No. 265, 1996,   Fin Fish Diseases.  Sydney University, Sydney.

Schlotfeldt, H.J and Alderman, D.J., 1996,  What should I do? A practical guide for the freshwater fish farmer. EAFP, Aberdeen.

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