»  Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles

Conservation Medicine and Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles


Course Dates for 2015: 5 - 11 July


Reviews from 2014 Course!

--  an excellent mix of students from a variety of backgrounds, speakers with in depth knowledge in their field of expertise, and in a setting that couldn't be matched anywhere else. The hands on necropsy portion was exceptional and I hope that continues in the future.

--  this is the first reptile oriented class I have taken in a few years and I am glad I chose it. It was of much higher caliber than most I have attended in the past. 



Plastron of desert tortoise with shell disease

Histological section through shell biopsy specimen using trichrome stain


 This unique 6-night course will introduce 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 will include both formal lectures by experts in the field, along with hands on laboratory and field procedures. 


 Sampling blood from a desert tortoise using supravertebral vein
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.
                                          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. At the same time, 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.
Emerald Tree Boa fungal infection of eye and surrounding tissue




Please note: you must be 18 years older to register for this course.
Preferred methods of payment are 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.
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.
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.