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Advanced Reptile and Amphibian Rehabilitation Seminar

Although this advanced class is a continuation of the seminar presented in March of 2016, participation in the first class is NOT required to attend this seminar.

Presented by Harriet Forrester of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey
Sponsored by Red Creek Wildlife Center


Saturday October 1st, 2016


9:00 am to 4:00 pm (includes 1 hour lunch)


Char-Will German Shepard Rescue,
2 E Railroad Ave,
New Ringgold, PA 17960

Enrollment is closed.

This all-day advanced class will focus on turtles. This seminar is designed for wildlife rehabilitators and apprentices, veterinarians, vet techs, zoo personnel, and all animal professionals interested in knowing more about these fascinating creatures.

Turtle Wound Management

The key to successful wound healing is meticulous wound care and the optimization of the body’s wound-healing capacity. This presentation will help you understand the wound healing process, how to stabilize your chelonian patient, the proper procedures to lavage, debride, and close wounds, what factors affect wound healing, and how ongoing wound assessment can ensure a successful outcome.

What are the characteristics of the ideal wound dressing? Ever wonder what dressing goes on what type of wound? Don’t know the difference between an alginate, hydrocolloid, hydrogel, or foam dressing? How about using honey? We’ll make the complex world of wound dressings simple and easy!

Take Two Worms and Call Me in the Morning

This presentation focuses on diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases. Both native and exotic species will be covered. What does it mean when an aquatic turtle cannot submerge? What are the symptoms of the emerging viral diseases in turtles and tortoises? How do you deal with “shell rot” and nutritional metabolic bone disease often seen in pet turtles and tortoises? We’ll cover these and other topics while exploring some case studies.

Just for Fun – Turtle Tidbits

Turtle tips, tricks, techniques and mythbusting! Find out how toilet plungers, deli cups, cardboard rolls and wine corks can make turtle rehabilitation easier. We'll also bust myths and examine common (non)sense about the natural history, husbandry and rehabilitation of turtles.

Presented by Harriet Forrester:

Harriet is a New Jersey licensed wildlife rehabilitator and the founder of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey. Harriet invented the non-invasive zip-tie method of turtle shell repair that is now taught worldwide. She writes and lectures frequently about turtles, and is part of the Wildlife Medicine series for first-year veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She lives with her amazingly patient husband, John, and way too many turtles, tortoises, lizards, birds, dogs, cats, and goats!

Enrollment is closed.