Turtle Survival Alliance's Turtle Survival Center

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Husbandry & breeding of some of the world's most critically endangered turtles.
The Turtle Survival Center is a husbandry and breeding center for some of the worlds most critically endangered turtles, mostly Asian species. The Center is at its very beginning stages, which includes veterinary processing and quarantine of the hundreds of animals being accessioned this summer. The student will assist with these activities, as well as husbandry of captive turtles. We are very interested in assigning the student to help establish quarantine testing protocols, parasite treatment, and disinfection protocols. We will also plan to trap native species on the property for health screening, and possibly research. Pending funding, we hope to do sampling of the native herptofauna to test for Ranavirus, which can spread to our very important captive animals through the environment. Any samples taken during the student's visit will be used as a teaching tool for both sampling techniques and sample handling and processing, including parasitology and hematology opportunities.
The veterinary advisory group for the TSC boasts 5 of the most prominent zoo vets in the country, who are available by phone and email at all times. They represent Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, New England Aquarium, Riverbanks Zoo, Houston Zoo, South Carolina Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. They are Bonnie Raphael, Charles Innis, Keith Benson, Joe Flannagan, Shane Boylan, and Sam Rivera. Several of these vets are board certified in zoological medicine. Doctors Benson and Boylan are licensed in the state of SC, and can commute to the TSC property as needed, as well as have animals brought to them for diagnostics and care. The most specialized and renowned turtle biologists around the world are also constantly available to us for consultation.
We have a full library of scientific reptile journals including the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, and many other scientific publications. The staff lives on sight, and all of our life-long collections of books on veterinary medicine, natural history, and biology are available for guests in our conference room.
The student will participate in animal husbandry as needed, as well as sample collection and handling for quarantine needs. The student will be assigned projects including development of quarantine and biosecurity protocols, and the option to develop a research project with native fauna on grounds.
Direct supervision will be provided by the RVT. Both student and supervisor will live on grounds, giving 24-7 access. The Veterinary Advisory team is available to be contacted at all times. The RVT has many years supervising Ohio State veterinary students through previous employment at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
yes, on site.
The Turtle Survival Alliance's Turtle Survival Center
*Cross, SC
*This address is not published for security reasons. Some of the species housed on the property have immense black-market value.
(843)753-2159, office. (216)337-0831 cell.
skoeth [at] turtlesurvival [dot] org
Sheena L. Koeth, RVT, Veterinary Care Manager
PostedL 07/17/2013