VetCT is providing free teleradiology reports and specialist advice for rescued sea turtles. Wildlife charities, zoos and clinics around the world are invited to sign up to receive free advice from VetCT’s team of experts to help with the treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtle species.
The company, a world-leader in providing teleradiology, teleconsultancy and education services, includes a team of exotics experts to advise on sea turtle diagnostic imaging and management. To date, clinics, zoos and aquariums in North America, Australia, South Africa and Europe have registered to use the free service.\
Dr Trevor Zachariah, a vet at Brevard Zoo in Florida, says, “We have a green sea turtle, dubbed ‘LJ’, who had severe injuries presumed to be from a boat propeller blade. LJ had suffered full thickness carapacial fracture with coelomic membrane exposure and entrapped lung tissue. We had managed the injuries for two months with vacuum-assisted closure, debridement, and bandage changes and performed a CT to check healing progress. The VetCT report was great, showing detailed annotations of fracture healing and remaining lung changes, guiding ongoing management and continued rehabilitation for LJ. It’s great they’re providing free reports and advice that helps us to treat these amazing animals.”
Dr Victoria Johnson, VetCT CEO and radiologist says, “We are delighted to be working with partners globally to provide free access to our services for rescued sea turtles. Sustainability is a guiding principle in all we do at VetCT, and supporting this key marine species is vital for the future health of many delicate marine ecosystems. Following the stories of these wonderful turtles to final release is also incredibly rewarding.”
In addition to providing veterinary support, VetCT has also been raising awareness through hosting in-person and online sea turtle talks, running company-wide events to reduce plastic pollution, and fundraising for Wildlife Vets International, which supports conservation projects for sea turtles and other endangered species.
Organisations, clinics and charities wishing to access free services for rescued sea turtles should visit can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.