Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Reptiles

Euthanasia

Contributor(s): Donna Brown, Jemma Hildrew

Making the decision

  • Euthanasia may be required:
    • When a disease has progressed, and medical management cannot prevent the reptile from suffering.
    • If the welfare of the animal is compromised and the life quality is poor.
    • If the sacrifice of a terminally ill animal will benefit the rest of the collection.

Consent for euthanasia

  • The owner (or authorized agent) of the animal should sign an informed consent form prior to euthanasia.

Procedure

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Determine death

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • AVMA Panel on Euthanasia (2020) AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition. AVMA, USA. Website: www.avma.org (pdf download).
  • Cheek R & Crane M (2017) Snakes. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 137-181.
  • Rivera S (2017) Chelonians. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 183-196.
  • Wilson B (2017) Lizards. In: Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician. 3rd edn. Eds: Ballard B & Cheek R. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 95-136.
  • UCI Office of Research (online) Euthanasia of Research Animals. Website: https://research.uci.edu.


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