July 13 – August 16
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Continuing Education Units
Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
This course will introduce students to sea turtle biology, health and rehabilitation, with a special focus on the sea turtle’s role in a ‘One Ocean’ model. The history of sea turtle rehabilitation, current and future directions will be discussed. Rehabilitative husbandry will be covered, including water quality and chemistry, and nutritional needs. Basic anatomy and physiology will be presented in an organ system format, with an introduction to veterinary techniques in these species as well as common pathologies and current treatments. Finally, specific topics will be covered, to include viruses, parasites, algae blooms, environmental contaminants, field techniques, oil spills, health assessments and fishery interactions, and the role of the rehabilitation in these environments.
Prerequisites: BIOL 103 BIOLOGY: FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE or 105 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, ECOLOGY, AND EVOLUTION
- Describe and identify all 7 sea turtle species, their ecosystem, life stages and biological behavior.
- Identify common conditions encountered in sea turtle rehabilitation environments, including chronic debilitated syndrome, fibropapillomatosis, brevotoxicosis, vessel strikes and predation, and the treatments and prognoses for them.
- Articulate the role of sea turtle rehabilitation in the greater ecological and political landscape of a One Ocean and One Health perspective.