220 Lab Course

Course Availability:  Now
Learning Objectives:

Koi keepers enrolling in this course will become familiar with:

  • Safe and effective fish handling
  • Microscopy as it applies to diagnostics of Koi diseases
  • Use of drop-type water quality test kits
  • A comprehensive approach to diagnosing pond problems

Lab Kit - Sent to all Lab Students as part of the tuition

Required Material:

All students will need a working email address, internet access to the K.O.I. website, a microscope with at least the ability to magnify up to 100 times (microscopes with three magnifications, 40x, 100x and 400x capabilities, are recommended), a weight scale with the ability to weigh to 0.01 grams, a drop-type water test kit (for ammonia), a Koi net and a Koi tub (aka, a Koi bowl). You may email the Lab Part 1 instructor for recommendations on microscopes and scales.

Course Description:

Koi keepers enrolling in this course will become familiar with:

In Lab Part 1

  • Fish handling including: netting and tubbing (also referred to as bowling), anesthesia, examination, some ulcer treatment and recovery from anesthesia.
  • Microscope work including: parts and use of the microscope and scraping and scoping of Koi
  • Using and testing drop-type water quality test kits – theory and application.

In Lab Part 2

  • How to approach a pond and/or Koi problem
  • How to make and use SOAP notes
  • How to form a differential diagnosis
  • How to identify and sort through rule-outs
  • How to determine a course of action
  • What information to provide the Pond/fish Owner

Course Type:  Level 2 - Koi Health Courses

Course Number: 220
Course Instructors:
Karen Pattist
Kelvin Davis



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