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Photo credit: Mariana Pardo, DVM, DACVECC

Central Venous Catheter Placement in Chelonians

LafeberVet's NEW photo tutorial offers step-by-step guidance on central venous catheter placement in turtles and tortoises.*

The unique anatomy of turtles and tortoises makes vascular access a unique challenge. Catheters can be difficult to place and are challenging to maintain when the neck is moved, however intravenous (IV) catheterization is considered the standard of care when treating treating critically ill patients that require continuous fluid therapy or continuous rate infusions, repeated or continuous drug administration, or serial blood sampling. Continuous IV access can also reduce variables, like temperature, hydration, and perfusion, that influence pharmacokinetics and the onset of action for medications administered to critically ill patients.

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Photo: Mariana Pardo, DVM, DACVECC

Specialist contributors

This article was authored by board-certified veterinary critical care specialist, Mariana Pardo, DVM, DACVECC

Content was critically reviewed by Olivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM of North Carolina State University and Anke Stöhr, med. vet., ZB Reptilien of Louisiana State University

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Photo: Mariana Pardo, DVM, DACVECC

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