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2017 Reptile and Amphibian Veterinary Excellence Award Winner – Dr. Charlie Innis

Posted on October 19, 2017

It is a great honor to announce the 2017 winner of the RAVE award! This award is generously sponsored by ZooMeds in conjunction with the ARAV and awarded annually to one deserving member who demonstrates excellence in advancing the care of reptile and amphibian medicine and conservation. We could not be more pleased to announce this year’s […]

Position Statement on Rattlesnake Roundups

Posted on June 6, 2017

The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) condemns rattlesnake roundups as an inhumane, ecologically damaging, and unsustainable practice that could be replaced with family friendly events that humanely use captive snakes to educate the public about the biology and conservation of these unique predators. Rattlesnake roundups, or rattlesnake rodeos, have been a tradition in […]

In Support of the Endangered Species Act

Posted on March 6, 2017

    The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians is a U.S. based international organization of veterinarians dedicated to scientifically based reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery, research, conservation, and responsible pet ownership. If you would like more information on our organization please visit our website at We are writing this letter to you […]

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!

Posted on October 20, 2016

The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians would like to take a moment to thank veterinary technicians and veterinary nurses the world over for all that you do to forward veterinary care for herpetological patients. It is my sincere belief that the unique nature of our patients, the increased need for client education, and the […]

RAVE-ing Over Dr. Mark Mitchell

Posted on August 26, 2016

ZooMed Laboratories and the ARAV are honored to present Dr. Mark Mitchell with the first annual ZooMed Reptile and Amphibian Veterinary Excellence (RAVE) award!  This annual honor is awarded to a veterinarian recognized for excellence in advancing the care of reptile and amphibian medicine and conservation.  I’m sure we can agree that Dr. Mark Mitchell […]

Snake Fungal Dermatitis

Posted on July 27, 2016

A recently identified “Snake Fungal Disease” is affecting wild and captive snakes in North America, Europe, and Australia.  This fungus has been named Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola and it has been shown to affect the skin, eyes, and/or heat pits of several snake species.  Infections with this fungus can be disfiguring or fatal.  Veterinarians and wildlife biologists […]

Salmonella and Reptiles: Veterinary Guidelines

Posted on May 23, 2016

Veterinarians who treat reptiles should be aware of the following information and recommendations concerning reptiles and Salmonella spp. Salmonella spp. carriage appears to be highly prevalent in reptiles. Reptiles should be considered to be nonclinical carriers of Salmonella spp. The organism is intermittently or continuously shed in their feces and, if ingested by humans, may […]

Salmonella Bacteria and Reptiles

Posted on May 23, 2016

Most, if not all, reptiles carry Salmonella bacteria in their intestinal tract and intermittently or continuously shed these bacteria in their feces. Salmonella bacteria usually do not cause any illness in reptiles, but can cause serious illness in people. Salmonella bacteria are easily spread from reptiles to humans. Humans may become infected when they place […]

ARAV Position on Feral and Free-Roaming Domestic Cats

Posted on May 23, 2016

The issue of feral and free-roaming domestic cats is an important and sometimes divisive topic among many animal care and wildlife professionals, including veterinarians, conservation organizations, and animal welfare groups. There are many reported negative effects of feral and free-roaming domestic cats, such as effects on wildlife populations and disease transmission to animals and people, […]

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