The Purdue University Medicine of Aquatics, Amphibians & Reptiles Symposium is IN PERSON this year. Join us for our 4th biennial symposium that provides veterinary professionals and students the opportunity to develop the skillsets for treating aquatic, amphibian, and reptilian patients by learning from experts in these fields.
The 2023 MOAAR Symposium will be held November 11–12, 2023.
Survey radiographs are a good initial diagnostic for most reptiles. Contrast radiography will further enhance the information gained from this diagnostic, and we will review published normal references for certain reptile species across several diagnostic techniques. During this session, you will also get an opportunity to apply your knowledge of reptile radiography to lizard, chelonian, and snake radiographic cases.
What are the antibiotic options for a snake? What are the current analgesic recommendations for lizards? There are a plethora of new publications on different drugs in reptile medicine. During this session, we will review recent publications in the field of reptile therapeutics including antibiotics, sedatives, and analgesics, and several others.
This presentation is an introduction to penguin medicine. In this lecture we will discuss the most common case presentations within this taxon and how we treat these animals in a zoological setting.
The lecture will focus on several key aspects of injured turtle care. This includes basic triage and stabilization, necessary resources for treatment (medications, surgical supplies/equipment, housing, etc.), case selection (determining prognosis), various shell repair techniques, and ongoing management and captive care requirements. The goal is to introduce the listener to approaching injured turtle cases equipped with the skills to successfully treat these awesome patients.
Discuss from experience with snakes . Topics include laboratory sampling and interpretation of findings, surgery, and diseases to recognize in practicing on snakes and in particular ball pythons. Will also discuss general husbandry and preventative care with America's favorite serpent.
Shrimp Aquaculture Field Trip: Time: 2-3:30 p.m. located at RDM Aquaculture LLC, 101 N 850 E Fowler, IN.
Indiana’s only shrimp farm. Started in 2010. If you are interested in learning about shrimp, aquaponics, and water quality management, this is the tour for you. You will get a tour of the facility, a PowerPoint presentation about shrimp farming and maybe even get to sample some shrimp. What makes RDM so unique is that we used a RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) using a heterotrophic bacteria based water or ZEAH (Zero Exchange Aerobic Heterotrophic System) or bio flock. It basically means we reuse our water for over 11 years. We have built a bacteria system that maintains the water quality for the shrimp, by converting ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate. In essences we are duplicating the ocean to the best of our ability indoors.
Hellbender Field Trip: Time: 2-3 p.m. located at the Aquaculture Research Lab, 5950 ASREC Lane West Lafayette, IN.
Purdue's Help the Hellbender program began back in 2007 after discovering less than 50 Eastern Hellbenders throughout historic Indiana ranges. With the help of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Dr. Rod Williams of Purdue's Forestry and Natural Resources Department, the Help the Hellbender program was able to begin captive rearing efforts in 2012 for the state-endangered salamander. Purdue's Aquaculture Research Lab (ARL) is Indiana's largest captive-rearing and Hellbender research facility. Our program cares for many different life stages (from egg to juveniles) and is reared for reintroduction in Indiana and Kentucky. ARL has 2 environmental chambers for egg rearing, larval development/research, and juvenile research; as well as 2 (soon to be 3) artificial streams to mimic river conditions. Stop by to see the newly hatched larvae and our juveniles! You won't be disappointed.
Heather Barron, DVM
Julia Becker, DVM
Sam Bradley, DVM
Lori Corriveau DVM, DABVP, DABLS
Kami Fox, DVM
Kathryn C. Gamble DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Dip ECZM (ZHM)
Bartolomeo Gorgoglione, DVM
Lydia Hall, DVM
Tomohito Inoue, DVM
Nicholas A. Jew, DVM
Dan Meakin, DVM
Olivia Petritz, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Zachary Ready, DVM
Renée Schott, DVM, CWR
Maria Sepúlveda DVM, MS, PhD
Levi Smith, DVM
Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVP
Purdue will host a home football game against Minnesota on Saturday of the Symposium. All hotel prices reflect the increase in demand with football traffic. The list below are a few properties with availability.
The Hampton Inn and Suites is located just half a mile from the Purdue campus. Historic Lafayette downtown district is just across the river with access to local restaurants and shops. Parking is free.
Address: 160 Tapawingo Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47906
The Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette, IN Offers free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the 5:30 Kickback® with evening snacks and cold beverages. Conveniently located at I-65 and South Street, the hotel is just 5 minutes from downtown Lafayette and 5 miles from Purdue University.
Address: 4110 South State St., Lafayette, IN 47905
Classic extended stay hotel with fully equipped kitchens & free WiFi plus a pool and hot tub. Located 5 miles from Purdue.
Address: 3939 South State St., Lafayette, IN 47905
Modern hotel with free WiFi plus free breakfast and a pool. Located 5 miles from Purdue.
Address: 3941 South State St., Lafayette, IN 47905
Low-key rooms and suites in a relaxed hotel with a restaurant, a lounge bar and indoor pool. Located 5 miles from Purdue.
Address: 155 Progress Dr., Lafayette, IN 47905