Speakers/Wet Labs

WAZE is excited to present a diverse & accomplished set of speakers that will help to provide a foundation of knowledge and a springboard for discussion surrounding this year’s theme.

Helen Roberts, DVM

Aquatic Veterinary Services of Western New York

Session Title: Bringing Nemo Home: The Ornamental Fish Industry and Human Impact


Kerrie Anne Loyd, PhD

Field Biologist and Life Sciences Lecturer, Arizona State University

Session Title: Look what the cat dragged in: Wildlife in a world of domestic predators


Michael Moore, Vet MB MRCVS, PhD

Senior Research Specialist, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Veterinarian, IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue and Research

Session Topic: Large whale entanglements and at-sea sedation


Julie van der Hoop

Biological Oceanography, PhD Candidate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program in Oceanography

Session Topic: Large whale entanglements and at-sea sedation


Florina Tseng, DVM

Associate Professor and Associate Chair Director, Wildlife Clinic

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Session Topic: The effects of acute and chronic oil spills on the marine environment


Harriet Forrester

Licensed wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey

Session Topic: Proper Husbandry of Terrestrial and Aquatic Turtles


Allen Rutberg, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

Session Topic: Wild horses on the public lands: perspectives and progress



Group 1

Turtle Treatment Techniques

Harriet Forrester, Turtle Rescue of New Jersey

This lab will provide hands-on experience with a variety of common turtle treatment techniques including fractured shell repair, subcutaneous fluids, venipuncture, etc.  This wetlab will be one session lasting the full two hours.

Group 2


Wing Bandaging and Avian Procedures

Dr. Maureen Murray, TCSVM Wildlife Clinic

This lab will give you hands-on experience bandaging broken wings on cadaver birds and will also instruct participants on venipuncture and intra-osseous catheter placement sites, among other procedures.


Dolphin Satellite Tagging

Brian Sharp, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

One of the most effective current methods to measure the impact of human intervention in dolphin strandings is by tracking post-release success.  This lab will give you an overview of IFAW’s satellite tagging program as well as hands-on experience attaching satellite tags to cadaver dorsal fins.

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