Program Update: Webinar on Emerging Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles


NWDC hosted a 1-hour webinar, "Emerging Diseases of Amphibians and Reptiles," on September 14, 2017. Dr. Maria Forzan (Cornell) presented a brief review of diseases, sampling techniques, testing protocols, and euthanasia. Jenny Dickson (CTDEEP) also gave an introduction to disease-related concerns pertaining to amphibians and reptiles in captivity. Captive animals that are released into the wild are a source of infection in wild species. Through ongoing discussions following the webinar, we are working with state and federal agencies to develop recommendations and educational materials pertaining to biosecurity for captive amphibians and reptiles.