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Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2002 Sep;5(3):555-78, vi.

Chelonian reproductive disorders.

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VCA Westboro Animal Hospital, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Westboro, North Grafton, MA, USA.


The study of reproductive diseases of chelonians has become increasingly sophisticated in the last decade. Widespread captive breeding has increased the number of reproductive problems presented to veterinarians. Advances in the level of veterinary care have encouraged chelonians owners to seek solutions to problems that may have previously been considered unsolvable. Improved diagnostic imaging, particularly radiography, ultrasonography and endoscopy, have made visualization and diagnosis of reproductive disease easier. Better quality veterinary care has made treatment of chelonian diseases more sophisticated which has lead to improved methods of anesthesia, surgery, and medicine. Concerns over rapidly diminishing chelonian populations and habitat have made the need for study of reproduction a higher priority; veterinary medicine has gained from this research.

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