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Anesthesia & Analgesia Techniques
Della Simpson, CVT
Herpetological medicine changes very rapidly, especially in the field of anesthesia and analgesia. These species may also mask their pain, making the need for analgesia difficult to interpret. In this lecture, discussion is focused on recognizing signs of pain in reptiles and amphibians, current analgesic options, and anesthesia and monitoring for these sensitive species.
Using Foil Tape
to Repair Aquatic Turtle Shells
Renee Schott, DVM, CWR
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
This lecture offers an overview of the initial management of shell fractures and highlights several shell repair methods, focusing on non-invasive methods first. A new aquatic turtle shell repair technique using foil tape is highlighted.
The Bad, The Worst and the Deadliest
La'Toya Latney, DVM, DECZM, DABVP
(Reptile and Amphibian)
As earth experiences the sixth mass extinction event, reptiles and amphibians are predicted to experience the greatest losses. Experts have shown that regardless of location, snakes and lizards in areas highly accessible to people are likely to become extinct first. Amphibians face the gravest threat of taxa extirpation due to the fungus Bd and Ranavirus. This lecture covers some of the most threatening pathogens affecting herptiles, their impacts and treatment approaches, and best biosecurity practices. Discussion also includes other pathogens of concern for birds and mammals for which enhanced biosecurity is useful in reducing transmission in a rehabilitation setting.