The NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that the North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Turtle Rescue Team Records have been fully organized and arranged, and a guide to the collection is now available to view online.
The Turtle Rescue Team Records include medical records or files on individual cases of injured or sick turtles that were treated by a team of volunteers at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital. The files include information on the presenting problem, the treatment given, and how the turtle responded to treatment. Materials in the collection range in date from 1996 to 2016.
Based out of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Turtle Rescue Team is part of the Wildlife, Avian, Aquatic, and Zoological Medicine student organization that is dedicated to promoting interest and education about exotic animals. They provide free medical, surgical, and husbandry services and release rehabilitated turtles back into the wild. Currently, the Turtle Rescue Team sees and treats over 300 wild turtles, reptiles, and amphibians each year.
You can browse the collection’s items in its online finding aid, and if you are interested in viewing any materials, you can make a request via this form. For additional information regarding wildlife cases, see the Collection Guide for Dr. Gregory A Lewbart, the current faculty advisor for the Turtle Rescue Team. For additional information regarding the topic of Zoological Medicine in North Carolina, see the collection guide for the North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Wildlife, Avian, Aquatic, and Zoological Medicine Club Records, Frederick Schenck Barkalow Papers, and Mitchell Bush Papers.