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Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles 2019
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The course is designed for undergraduates and graduate students in Conservation Ecology, Wildlife, Biological Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine who expect to study, breed, and manage populations of amphibians and/or reptiles in the field and in captivity.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2019 to 7/27/2019
When: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Where: Southwestern Research Station (SWRS)
Portal, Arizona 
United States
Contact: Elliott Jacobson

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CONSERVATION MEDICINE AND DISEASES OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
WHERE AND WHEN:
Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) Portal, Arizona, July 21 to July 27, 2019.
COURSE ORGANIZER AND MAJOR INSTRUCTORS: 
Elliott Jacobson, DVM, PhD, DACZM and Michael Garner, DVM, DACVP
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTORS:
Drs. Richard Funk, Leigh Clayton, Karina Mathes, Walter Merker, and Mr. Barney Tomberlin
PARTICIPANTS:
The course is designed for undergraduates and graduate students in Conservation Ecology, Wildlife, Biological Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine who expect to study, breed, and manage populations of amphibians and/or reptiles in the field and in captivity. “What does conservation medicine mean” and “How can it functionally be used to manage populations of amphibians and reptiles” will be explored. Concepts of infectious diseases, anesthesia, the use of pain medications, sampling techniques, surgical techniques, and handling of venomous species will be covered. The course will include teleconferenced lectures and necropsy labs. There will be opportunities to go out locally in the field to observe native herps.
FEES:
Tuition for the 6 night COURSE is $804 that should be paid by all participants on being
informed of their acceptance. Tuition covers course fees for the course and room and board at the SWRS. Preferred payment to SWRS is certified check or money order. If you must pay with a credit card, please call the SWRS office at 520-558-2396. Transportation costs between home
and Tucson (air) or SWRS (auto) are to be borne by participants. As participants register, we will obtain email addresses and send them out to all participants so that they can arrange carpooling to and from the station.
FOR LOGISTICS ABOUT THE COURSE PLEASE CONTACT:
Elliott Jacobson,jacobsone@ufl.edu

 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE SWRS PLEASE CONTACT:
Course Coordinator:swrs@amnh.orgor 520-558-2396

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 21 JUNE 2019.
IF ACCEPTED INTO THE COURSE, FEES ARE DUE BY 5 JULY 2019.  PLEASE SEE CANCELLATION POLICY ON THE COURSE APPLICATION.

 

Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles 2019
July 21 – July 27, 2019
(All Times Are PST)
 
Coordinator:Elliott Jacobson, DVM, PHD, DACZM, Professor Emeritus of Zoological Medicine
     University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

 

Contributors:,
Geoff Bender, Director, AMNH, SWRS, Portal, AZ
Leigh Clayton, MBA, DVM,  National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
Dale DeNardo, DVM, PhD, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Rich Funk, DVM, MA, Richard Funk Veterinary Services LLC and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Sciences,
     Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, Glendale, AZ
Michael Garner, DVM, DACVP, Northwest Zoopath, Monroe, WA
Karina Mathes, Dr. med vet. Dip. ECZM (Herpetology), European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological
Medicine (Herpetology), Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, Pet and Feral Birds, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Buenteweg 9, D-30559 Hannover, Germany,
Walter Merker, DVM, Orange Grove Animal Hospital, Tucson, AZ
Gordon Schuett, PhD, Georgia State University and Chiricahua Desert Museum, Rodeo, NM
Barney Tomberlin BS, Retired Contractor for NM Game & Fish Department, Portal, AZ

 

Sunday, 21 July 2019
    All day:       Arrival to the SWRS and check-in at Main Office
    6:00 pm:    Dinner in Dining Room
     7:00 pm:    Opening night social and presentation by Dr. Gordon                                 
                       Schuett: “An Overview of Parthenogenesis in Squamate Reptiles”.
 Monday, 22 July 2019
     7:30 am: Breakfast
     8:30 am: History of the AMNH SWRS and ethical consideration affecting                             
                      field collecting –Geoff Bender
       9:30 am: Amphibian and Reptile Biology – Two very different groups                        
                      of vertebrates – Elliott Jacobson
     10:30 am: Coffee Break
     11:00 am: Amphibian and Reptile Biology – Two very different groups                        
                      of vertebrates – Elliott Jacobson
     12:00 am: Lunch
       1:00 pm: Health assessment of amphibians – Leigh Clayton, National Aquarium                                                                                        Webinar presentation
      2:00 pm:  Ecoimmunology– Dale DeNardo
      3:00 pm:  Break
      3:30 pm:  Use of amphibians and reptiles in research; meeting the needs of Institutional
                      Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs); animal welfare issues – Elliott Jacobson
       4:30 pm: Techniques for field collection of reptiles and amphibians –
                      Barney Tomberlin and Elliott Jacobson
       6:00 pm: Dinner
       7:00 pm: Tour of Chiricahua leopard frog breeding and rearing facility
       8:00 pm: Discussions and Herping

 

Tuesday,23 July 2019
     7:30 am: Breakfast
      8:30 am: Amphibian Diseases-Michael Garner
    10:00 am: Break
      1:30 pm: Amphibian Diseases- Michael Garner
    12:00 pm: Lunch
      1:00 pm: Amphibian Dissection and Anatomy- Michael Garner
       3:00 pm: Break
       3:30 pm: Amphibian Dissection and Anatomy- Michael Garner
       6:00 pm: Dinner
       8:00 pm: Discussions-Invasive Herps and Herping
 
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
     7:30 am:    Breakfast
    8:30 am:    Herpetoculture and Conservation – Walter Merker                  
   10:00 am:   Break
   10:30 am:   Health Assessment and Diseases of North American Chelonians-– Elliott Jacobson
   12:00 pm;   Lunch
     1:00 pm:  Reptile Dissection and Anatomy – Michael Garner
    3:00 pm:    Break
    3:30 pm:    Reptile Dissection and Anatomy – Michael Garner
    6:00 pm:        Dinner
    8:00 pm:    Discussions and Herping

 

Thursday,25 July 2019    
    7:30 am:    Breakfast
    8:30 am:    Health Assessment and Diseases of North American Chelonians-– Elliott Jacobson       
  10:00 am:    Coffee Break
  10:30 am:    Health Assessment and Diagnostics of European Tortoises – Karina Mathes
  12:00 pm:    Lunch    
    1:00 pm:    Health Assessment and Diseases of Crocodilians
     3:00 pm:   Break
     3:30 pm:   Health Assessment and Diseases of Lizards and Snakes
     3:30 pm    Collection and handling of blood and other biological samples - Elliott Jacobson              
     6:00 pm:   Dinner
     8:00 pm:   Discussions and Herping
 
Friday, 26 July 2019
    7:30 am:   Breakfast
     8:30 am:   Understanding when and how to use diagnostic tests
  10:00 am:    Coffee Break
  10:30 am:    Working with venomous reptiles – Rich Funk
  12:00 pm:    Lunch
    1:00 pm:    Procedures for Pit-tagging and Implantation of radio-transmitters – Rich Funk                                                                                   and Elliott Jacobson
     2:45 pm:   Leave for Chiricahua Desert Museum
     3:00 pm:   Visit the Chiricahua Desert Museum
     6:00 pm:   Dinner

 

Saturday, 27 July 2019
     7:30 am:    Breakfast
     8:30 am:    Departure


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