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MARVET (Marine Veterinary Medicine) Mexico offers veterinary students and veterinarians a ten-day lecture and hands-on workshop, with primary focus on the biology, pathology, clinical care and conservation medicine of dolphins, manatees, pinnipeds and sea turtles, with an introduction to marine ecosystems. Lectures and fieldwork instruction will be conducted by leading veterinarians and biologists working with these species in marine parks and in natural environments. Instructors will come from both the U.S. and Mexico.
The Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras park will serve as a base for lectures and hands-on opportunities with bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and West Indian manatees to experience veterinary care (including dolphin ultrasound and endoscopy demonstrations). The Dolphin Discovery facility on Cozumel will be visited to allow participants to perform physical examinations on bottlenose dolphins.
The class will also visit Xcaret, an ecological park for indigenous wildlife, with hands-on clinical activities involving green sea turtles, manatees, sharks and fish. Students will also become acquainted with a macaw breeding facility and will participate in the release program during the workshop.
Other activities will introduce participants to natural ecosystems. An open ocean visit will be made to whale shark feeding grounds off the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula where participants will enter the water for supervised swims to experience this unique ocean environment. Students will also participate in a hands-on introduction to coral reef, sea grass beds and mangrove environments in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve -a 1.3 million acre United Nations World Heritage Site.
On the last day of the workshop, student teams will give Powerpoint presentations on an assigned topic in marine Conservation Medicine, followed by a MARVET-sponsored dinner. Workshop lodging will be at Hotel Cielo in Playa del Carmen, situated in the midst of bustling shops and one block from the beach.
The Yucatán Peninsula is extremely rich in archaeological artifacts of the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as incredible arrays of subterranean, water-filled limestone caverns and cenotes. For those interested, MARVET will be a good opportunity to extend your visit in this region before or after the workshop to explore what it has to offer, both culturally and geologically.
Ana C. Negrete, DVM
Director of Sea Turtle & Manatee Medicine

Raymond J. Tarpley, DVM, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

Robert B. Moeller, Jr., DVM, DACVP, DABT
Veterinary Pathologist
California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, University of California

Roberto Sanchez, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine
Dolphin Discovery

Stephanie A. Norman, DVM, MS, PhD
Marine-Med: Marine Research, Epidemiology, and Veterinary Medicine

Wes Tunnell, PhD
Associate Director
Harte Research Institute
Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
On-site lectures and hands-on and observational activities in working marine veterinary medicine facilities (Dolphin Discovery, Xcaret, Sian Ka'an Biosphere). Students are provided with pre-reading materials to review before attending the workshop.
Attendance required for all lectures and course training activities. Professional behavior and casual professional dress is expected. Students will prepare and give (in groups of 4-5) powerpoint presentations on an assigned topic in conservation medicine.
MARVET has two on-site workshop logistical coordinators, with many years of experience conducting MARVET in Playa del Carmen, who organize and supervise all course activities, including lodging and transportation to and from course functions. Resident veterinarians at each of the workshop host facilities supervise specific activities in their respective facilities. Coral reef and marine ecology work is supervised by a marine biologist who has previously hosted student field work in Mexico for many years. Student contact time consists of approximately 8hrs per day over 10 days, with access to veterinary instructors individually and as a group.
Yes - Hotel Cielo in Playa del Carmen
P.O. Box 882
College Station, TX 77841
(979) 764-9193
(979) 764-9193
info [at] marvet [dot] org
Raymond J. Tarpley, DVM, PhD, MPH
Posted: 04/03/13