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Reptile Medicine Lecture and Laboratory

April 16-17, 2010
Urbana, Illinois

Matthew C. Allender, DVM, MS
Dr. Allender received his DVM in 2004 and his MS in conservation medicine in 2006, both from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a residency in zoological medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville Zoological Gardens in 2009. He joined the faculty in the Department of Comparative Biosciences in 2009.

His primary areas of research are epidemiology of infectious diseases and pharmacokinetics in free-ranging and captive wildlife. His current research focuses on Ranavirus infections in free-ranging turtles, population health of massasauga rattlesnakes, and investigating aquatic invertebrates as monitors of ecosystem health.

Dr. Allender is an active member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Wildlife Disease Association. He is the co-director of the aquatic session of Envirovet Summer Institute, an intensive ecosystem health training course for veterinarians.

Mark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD
Dr. Mitchell received his DVM in 1992 and an MS in clinical epidemiology with an emphasis on wildlife medicine in 1997, both from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his PhD in clinical epidemiology with an emphasis on Salmonella in reptiles at Louisiana State University in 2001.

From 1996 through 2007, Dr. Mitchell was a member of the zoological medicine faculty at Louisiana State University. In early 2007, he returned to his alma mater and is currently a professor in zoological medicine and surgery.

His primary areas of research include clinical pathology, epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical toxicology, and biotelemetrics.

Dr. Mitchell is a past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Medicine. He serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine and is the editor for the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.

In 2009, Dr. Mitchell published the Manual of Exotic Pet Practice with his good friend and mentor, Dr. Tom Tully. Dr. Mitchell has published over 300 book chapters, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and scientific abstracts.