Conservation Medicine for Vulnerable Turtles and Amphibians + Wet Lab

Type Audience Credits Price
Live In-Person Veterinarians 6.0
Sea Turtle Program



  • Cynthia Faux, WSU CVM Faculty
  • Allan Pessier, WSU CVM Faculty
  • Brian Stacy, NOAA Fisheries Veterinarian

Program Agenda - October 6, 2018

7:30 AM        Registration  
8:00 AM Welcome, Introductions Dr. Faux             
8:10 AM
Veterinary Roles in Sea Turtle Conservation
This lecture will review the current conservation status of sea turtles, important threats, and ways in which veterinarians from different backgrounds and disciplines contribute to species protection and recovery.  Using sea turtles as an example, the material will highlight ways in which students and professionals seeking involvement in wildlife conservation and management may can become productively engaged.
Dr. Stacy
9:10 AM
Common Turtle Abnormalities and Parasites
This talk will present commonly encountered abnormalities and parasites of sea turtles, focusing on recognition of gross presentations and diagnosis during postmortem examination (necropsy).  This material will include a variety of conditions and pathogens encountered in free-ranging sea turtles, especially those encountered in sea turtle species found in U.S. waters.
Dr. Stacy
10:00 AM Break  
10:20 AM
Veterinary Roles in Amphibian Conservation
Dr. Pessier
11:20 AM
Sea Turtle Mortality Investigations
The focus of this presentation will be investigation of causes of mortality that can affect large numbers of sea turtles (mass mortality) within short periods.  We will cover common causes, differential diagnoses, typical presentations, diagnostic approaches, and strategies for collecting important information and avoiding missteps.  Case examples from actual events will be used to illustrate important points.
Dr. Stacy
12:20 PM Lunch  
1:15 PM
Basic Sea Turtle Necropsy Procedures
Basic anatomy of sea turtles and approaches to dissection for gross necropsy will be presented.  This review will include the structure and function of organ systems, species differences, unique adaptations of sea turtles, and collection of important data, highlighting the importance of systematic examination and good documentation.
Dr. Stacy
2:15 PM
Lab - Turtle Necropsy (Limit 20)
Using information provided during the session’s lectures, participants will perform necropsies on sea turtle cadavers.  The goals of this laboratory are to gain additional knowledge of sea turtle anatomy, experience a thorough necropsy examination, and the enhance ability of participants to recognize both normal features and abnormalities.  
Dr. Faux
Dr. Stacy
4:15 PM Adjourn  

Additional Details

This program will offer 6 CE hours and will be located at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA.  Lunch and morning refreshments will be provided!  This program is co sponsored by WSU CVME and Turtles Fly Too!

If registration for the lab fills, veterinarians can still attend the lecture session for 5 CE credits for $125.00.  To register visit:
Technicians are also allowed to attend the lecture session for 5 CE credits for $80.00.  To register visit:

Contact Katy Heaton at 509-335-8221 or


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