WVA acknowledges Reptile Awareness Day
Today, the WVA would like to acknowledge Reptile Awareness Day. Veterinarians play a key role in educating pet owners and the public on the welfare needs of reptiles and the challenges of keeping them
Whether they are kept as a pet, are part of a conservation program or kept for food production, reptiles should receive the care they need.
It is important that veterinarians inform owners on how to care for reptiles; their nutrition, their housing needs (e.g. size, enrichment, temperature, light source, companions), their health but also the health of those caring for these animals.
If you would like more information, you might find these resources helpful:
- Exotic Pets – a helpful resource by the British Veterinary Association
- The OIE’s Terrestrial Code on the killing of reptiles for their skins, meat and other products
- Rethinking the keeping of exotic pets like reptiles – an article by the Sustainability Times
The WVA’s mission is to promote animal health, welfare and public health through advocacy, education, and partnership. That includes bearded dragons, snakes, geckos, tortoises, iguanas and all other reptiles.