World Turtle News, 04/24/2018
Veterinary Network Focuses on Sea Turtle Conservation
What started 30 years ago as an ad hoc group of marine veterinarians swapping stories at conferences and consulting with one another about sea turtle health has turned into an international network. And now, this network has created the first “sea turtle bible,” Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation, which offers comprehensive guidance on husbandry, health, medicine, and surgery.
Everyone in the field is a student, said Charles A. Manire, DVM, director of research and rehabilitation at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. He, along with more than 45 professionals actively involved in sea turtle conservation, put their collective knowledge together to co-author the aforementioned book.
“Some of the things [in the book] are applicable across the board, such as parenteral nutrition,” Dr. Manire said. “It’s being used in South America in the rehabilitation of penguin chicks to save their lives.”
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