Reptile Medicine | Centre for Veterinary Education

Reptile Medicine

The aim of this course is to provide a good understanding of reptile husbandry, medicine and surgery. You will discover why reptiles are different from other animal classes in a biological, anatomical and physiological sense.

Many reptile disorders are related to suboptimal husbandry; hence, it is critical to have an understanding of reptilian biology and captive management to diagnose and treat reptilian disorders.

With this knowledge, you will be able to sound like a vet who has a real interest in reptiles and know how to handle a variety of species and take appropriate samples. Diagnostics, hospital care, anaesthesia, analgesia and critical care will be covered, along with the diagnosis and treatment of commonly occurring diseases and injuries.

The emphasis of this course will be on captive reptiles; however, interesting and relevant information on the diagnosis and treatment of some conditions in free-living animals will also be mentioned. On completion of this course, you should have gained a greater understanding of the veterinary care of reptiles, both captive and free living, which will give you more confidence in dealing with for your reptile patients and clients and assist you in providing better outcomes for them.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register

“This is an excellent TimeOnline course. A fantastic introduction to reptile medicine. Really comprehensive notes. I will refer to these notes in the future as a great reference” Larissa Ladyko VetLove Bardon.

“Overall excellent value, fulfilling two needs in my case. Firstly to gain some more knowledge of reptiles relevant to my work as a volunteer and secondly to meet CPD requirements. This was a most enjoyable way to achieve both objectives” Peter Johnson, retired but volunteering with Australian Registry of Wildlife Health, Taronga Conservation Society."

Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:
  • Gain an understanding of the unique challenges posed by reptiles, captive and wild
  • Gain an understanding of the impact of husbandry, good and bad, upon the health of captive reptiles
  • Learn techniques to handle a variety of species and to take appropriate samples
  • Review the diagnosis and treatment of commonly occurring and emerging diseases and injuries


Monday 4 - Sunday 31 March 2019
Delivered Online


BVSc MANZCVS (Feline Medicine) CertZooMed BA

Robert Johnson works in small animal, zoo and wildlife practice in Sydney. He has also worked as a clinical veterinarian at Taronga Zoo. Robert holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a member of the ANZCVS. His professional interests include clinical practice, particularly reptile medicine and research involving reptilian species of Australia and the South Pacific, and animal welfare. Robert also lectured in reptile and wildlife medicine at James Cook University Townsville. He is the co-author of A Guide to Health and Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians, a co-editor of Reptile Medicine and Surgery in Clinical Practice and has published and presented widely on matters reptilian. Robert also served as President of The Australian Veterinary Association 2015-2017. He is also a director of the board of Vets Beyond Borders.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members