Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles

SWRS Frog Virus 3
Frog Virus 3 (FV3; Ranavirus)

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 lectures and necropsy labs. There will be opportunities to go out locally in the field to observe native herps.


July 30-August 5, 2023


  • Elliott Jacobson, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Professor Emeritus of Zoological Medicine.
  • Robert Ossiboff, DVM, PhD, DACVP, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
  • Others to be determined.


  • $1,050 fee covers tuition, shared dormitory housing, and meals. After February 1, and upon acceptance, a $100 deposit is required to reserve your place in the course. The balance payment must be made upon arrival at SWRS.
  • Cancellation Policy: With at least 45 days notice from the start date, deposits will be refunded, less a $20 cancellation fee. No deposits will be refunded with less than 45 days notice.
  • Payment can be made with a personal check, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS.
    • Credit card payments are also possible but we ask that you keep in mind that the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase.
    • If you reside outside the United States: please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in U.S. Dollars or email [email protected] to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS.


Costs for travel to SWRS are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we can facilitate participants contacting each other to carpool to and from the station.

Close-up of the head of a snake. The animal’s eye appears opaque with a milky-red color. Caption reads: “Emerald Tree Boa fungal infection of eye and surrounding area.”
Emerald Tree Boa fungal infection of eye and surrounding tissue