Turtle Ally Workshop 2022

The in-person workshop will take place on Saturday, September 10th, at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you are interested in registering for the 2022 TACP Workshop, please stay tuned for registration to open.

The Workshop

The lab will be led by the veterinarians of the Exotic Animal Medicine Service at NC State, along with assistance from veterinary students on the Turtle Rescue Team. Live turtles will be available for demonstration and practice of some techniques, and cadavers will be used for practice of surgical techniques. Some of the topics that will be covered at this in-person workshop include:

  • Turtle Restraint and Palpation
  • Injections – IM, SC, IV
  • Venipuncture
  • Shell Repair
  • Aural Abscess removal
  • Esophagostomy tube placement
  • Q&A Session

If there is a specific skill or technique that you would like demonstrated at this workshop, please contact us at and we will do our best to make it happen.

The Experts

A combination of ACZM-boarded faculty and zoological/exotic animal medicine residents and interns will be teaching the hands-on labs and will be participating in a Q&A session at the end of the workshop. You can read about the instructors below.

Greg has a B.A. in biology from Gettysburg College, an M.S. in biology with a concentration in marine biology from Northeastern University, and a V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1988). He worked for a large wholesaler of ornamental fishes before joining the faculty at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, where he is Professor of Aquatic, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine. Greg is an author on over 200 popular and scientific articles and speaks locally, nationally and internationally. He’s also authored or co-authored over 30 book chapters and edited or co-edited five veterinary textbooks. Greg has made 21 trips to the Galápagos doing conservation work on a wide variety of native species. He and his wife, Dr. Diane Deresienski (also a veterinarian and NC State professor), live in Raleigh.

Olivia Petritz completed her undergraduate and veterinary degree at Purdue University in Indiana. Following graduation, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery residency at a specialty hospital in San Diego, CA followed by an exotic animal internship at Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics in Houston, TX. Dr. Petritz returned to California to complete an ACZM residency at the University of California, Davis in companion exotics and zoo medicine, and achieved board certification in November of 2013. She then started an exotics service at a specialty hospital in Los Angeles and worked there for three years prior to coming to NC State.

Sarah Ozawa received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin. Following graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee and then a residency in zoological companion animal medicine at the University of California-Davis. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include small mammal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

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