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Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles

July 12th to 18th, 2020

This unique course introduces students in Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Science, Conservation Ecology, and Biological Science to a variety of topics relevant to field and laboratory health issues of amphibians and reptiles. The course includes both formal lectures by experts in the field, along with hands on laboratory and field procedures. 

Concepts of infectious diseases and major pathogens affecting both captive and free-ranging populations of amphibians and reptiles will be reviewed with emphasis on those affecting conservation of these animals in the wild.  Because biological specimens such as blood samples are commonly collected in the field, the course will cover how to collect, handle and process such samples. Veterinary surgeons and other veterinarians having extensive experience with surgical methods (such as implantation of radio-transmitters) will present an overview of applicable procedures.

SWRS Frog Virus 3
Frog Virus 3 (FV3; Ranavirus)
Participants will have an opportunity to learn amphibian and reptile anatomy through several anatomy laboratories in which groups of students will be guided through the dissection of preserved specimens. Participants will learn how to perform a necropsy and collect specimens for diagnosing disease problems when trying to determine illness and death in their research animals.

 

Conservation Medicine 2020 Application
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
 

Cost

Tuition for the 6 night course is $8700.00, which is to be paid by all participants upon being informed of their acceptance. Tuition covers course fees, housing and meals at the SWRS.

Please pay using personal check, traveler's checks, certified check, or money order, made payable to SWRS. If you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, traveler's checks, or money order with your credit card. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.

If you reside outside the United States, please submit your payment in the form of a certified check, money order, or bank transfer in the net amount of your fees in U.S. Dollars. As above, if you need to use a credit card, please purchase a certified check, money order, traveler's checks, or arrange a bank transfer with your credit card. Please contact the Station to obtain details for a bank transfer to SWRS. We ask that you keep in mind the Station is a non-profit organization and fees for credit card charges continue to increase. Otherwise, call 520-558-2396 if you need to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.

Transportation costs between home and Tucson (air) and the SWRS (auto) are to be borne by all participants. As participants register, we will send out email addresses so that participants can contact each other to carpool to and from the station.