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B-1014: Diseases of Australian Farmed Saltwater Crocodiles

B-1014: Diseases of Australian Farmed Saltwater Crocodiles

Diseases of Crocodiles

Presenter: Dr Cathy Shilton BSc, D.V.M., D.V.Sc. (Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Pathology), MANZCVS (Pathobiology)

Date: August 13, 2015 Time: 8.00AM ACST (Darwin, Australia)

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Duration: 1.0 hour

Career level: Veterinary Practitioners, Veterinary Pathologists and Academics

CEPD Credits: 1.5 hours of CEPD Credits

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More about this event

The presentation will provide an overview of saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) farming in Australia, an introduction to the diseases encountered, and the gross pathology that these diseases cause. The presentation will emphasize rearing large reptiles in captivity and be of interest to aquatic veterinarians, reptile disease experts and pathologists. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will become familiar with:

1.  how crocodiles are farmed in Australia; 

2.  disease faced in farming crocodiles; and, 

3.  how a veterinarian can assist crocodile farmers manage these diseases. 


About the Speaker

Dr. Cathy Shilton started her career as a mixed practice veterinarian before going on to complete a residency specialising in zoo and wildlife medicine, and pathology at the University of Guelph in Canada. For the past 13 years, she has worked as a veterinary pathologist for the Northern Territory Government in Australia, during which time she has seen hundreds of laboratory diagnostic submissions from the regional crocodile farms, as well having collaborated on numerous crocodile-related research projects. Dr. Shilton is currently the co-chair of the veterinary section of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Crocodile Specialist Group.



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