This webinar examines the elements of undertaking a full clinical assessment of a particular species of chelonian. It is useful from a veterinary nurse perspective as it covers a basic overview of anatomical differences for identification of various species to ensure correct handling. Matthew covers a useful guide of ensuring all personal protective equipment are used and why this is the case. Protection against salmonella is a key element when handling certain species. Handling in the correct manner and a guide of ‘what not to do’ when dealing with a full examination is covered. For example, handling at the correct angle is important as on their backs the viscera can push into the lungs and cause respiratory difficulties.


Reviewed by Albert Holgate BSc (Hons) CVN, Dip AVN, RVN

Albert currently works for the RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital based in Salford, where he holds the Clinical Manager position responsible for a team of both hospital assistants and qualified nurses. His responsibilities extend to logistics of satellite RSPCA branches and their surgical units and ensuring they have the resources they need from a clinical perspective. Albert qualified as an RVN in 2007 and went on to gain the advanced diploma, and since then has developed an interest in shelter medicine, such examples including, strategies for management of infectious diseases and nursing protocols with population management, veterinary nurse forensics, hoarding and cruelty case management. Since then, Albert has also graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Clinical Veterinary nursing at Myerscough College.

E-mail: albert.holgate@rspca.org.uk

Keywords: Webinar Review, chelonian 

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 34 (09) • September 2019 • pp235-236

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