Resources provided by the CSG Veterinary Science Group

The Mission of the CSG Veterinary Science Group is to:

  • provide a platform for the exchange of and access to specific veterinary knowledge and advise the CSG on veterinary matters related to crocodilian conservation;
  • contribute to advancing crocodile veterinary medicine and science; and,
  • provide support to animals under human care: farms and zoological or educational institutions, biologists and researchers that require veterinary support in their work such as sampling, anesthesia, surgery, etc., conservation, research, NGO and Government organizations investigating in-situ mortalities and population health status.
As part of this overall mission, the Veterinary Science group aims to compile information on selected topics, which will be posted on the CSG website as it becomes available (see below).

In honour of the late Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer, in mid-2014 the Veterinary Science group established the "Fritz Huchzermeyer Veterinary Science Research Assistance Scheme" (FHVSRAS), with the specific goal of encouraging and assisting undergraduate and post-graduate students to undertake formal research to advance crocodilian veterinary science. Click here for details. 

1.1. Step by Step Guide and Reporting Form for the Necropsy of Crocodilians (English) (Dr. Paolo Martelli and Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer)

1.2. Guia Paso por Paso y Formato de Reporte para la Necropsia de Crocodilianos (Espanol) (Dr. Paolo Martelli and Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer, translated by Luis Sigler)

1.3. Manuel Operatoire et Formulaire pour la Realisation d'Autposies de Crocodiliens (Francais) (Dr. Paolo Martelli and Dr. Fritz Huchzermeyer, translated by Dr. Samuel Martin)

2. Literature relating to crocodilian immobilization (compiled by Dr. Annabelle Olsson)

4. A Checklist of Host-Parasite Interactions of the Order Crocodylia (Dr. Marisa Tellez; University of California Press, Berkeley). Dr. Tellez has also provided a Crocodile-Parasite Data Sheet (Excel format) that summarises current knowledge on crocodile-parasite interactions for different species. Literature cited in this document are available in "A Checklist of Host-Parasite Interactions of the Order Crocodylia".

Sebekia mississippiensis             Timoniella loosi                         Dujardinascaris waltoni        
     (lung)                                    (intestine)                                       (stomach)                

5. Link to the Histopathology site (Spectrum WebViewer) Click here for a list of available tissues.

Measuring serum protein                        Blood smear            Septic croc heterophils & monocytes       Measuring haematocrit
              Whole carcase                           Lung with diaphragm                Dissected crocodile heart                  Nematode trails