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Exotic Animal Practice
Reptile anaesthesia and the practising veterinarian
  1. Dermod Malley

    Dermod Malley graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1967, and has been in small animal practice ever since. In 1973, he set up his own practice in Wickford, Essex. He has always had an interest in the husbandry and diseases of exotic and less familiar domestic species and in clinical pathology of all species of small companion animals. In February 1997 he obtained the FRCVS (by examination in psittacine medicine).


VETERINARIANS in companion animal practice are increasingly being asked to perform surgery (in which they are well experienced) on exotic species (in which they have little or no basic training). The aim of this review is to elucidate some of the points concerning anaesthesia of three orders of the Reptilia: Squamata (lizards and snakes), Chelonia (tortoises, terrapins and turtles) and Crocodilia (crocodiles and alligators). Together they represent over 6000 species, giving an extremely heterogeneous collection of animals with many anatomical and physiological differences. Thus, for reasons of space, omissions of fact must be excused by the reader.

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