MARVET Cayman 2020
July 13 - July 22
MARVET Cayman 2020 [Tuition $2000usd; WORKSHOP TAKING APPLICATIONS](Grand Cayman, British West Indies ~ hosted by St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SMU); July 13 – 22, 2020) offers veterinary students an introductory lecture and hands-on workshop in the emerging professional field of Marine Conservation Medicine with focus on veterinary care of sea turtles, marine fish and dolphins; the course also explores coral reef and mangrove health and disease assessments.
Lectures will address contemporary concepts in conservation medicine, anatomy and physiology of marine species (mammals, reptiles, fish, invertebrates), emerging diseases in marine mammals and reptiles, sea turtle medicine, fish medicine, wildlife ecotoxicology, diagnostic surveillance of wildlife morbidity and mortality, coral reef biology and restoration, mangrove ecosystem biology, wildlife law, aquaculture water quality assessment and marine wildlife medicine career opportunities for veterinarians.
Students will participate in diagnostic wetlabs at SMU, the Cayman Turtle Farm, and Dolphin Discovery with an emphasis on physical examination, hematology, necropsy techniques and marine quarantine strategies, under the direction of veterinarians and biologists active in marine medicine and conservation. Visits to local facilities will provide opportunities for handling and veterinary procedures, and in-depth discussions about husbandry, collection management and production, and health assessments of marine turtles, fish, dolphins, aquatic birds and tropical reptiles.
Field activities will orient students toward key ecologic components of marine ecosystem health, including mangrove forest kayaking and coral reef snorkeling/research. A site visit will also be made to the Blue Iguana Habitat to investigate this rare species and the conservation strategies being employed to preserve it. Tuition includes lodging and course activities.