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Tortoise Welfare UK would like to invite you to their third Tortoise Conference


 ‘Latest ideas in modern tortoise keeping’

Improving standards for captive Chelonians in the UK

Kindly supported by Colchester Zoo

Sunday 8th November 2015

 Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0SL

 10am - 4pm (6 CPD hours)

John Chitty: BVetMed, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVS, Anton Vets: will be presenting the latest methods in Chelonian treatment as well as highlighting case studies and the future of Chelonian medicine.

Zoe Bryant: London Zoo ZSL reptile team member will be joining us to talk about their conservation and welfare work relating to Chelonia including enclosure design, studies and species enrichment.

Frances Baines: MA VetMB MRCVS: Frances is a retired vet and specialist in UVB light. Frances will be talking about the latest research and findings in relation to the use of UV light in captivity, and proposing constructive methods for keeping Chelonian species in the UK today.

Victor Loehr: Victor will be joining us from the Netherlands to speak about the latest conservation and welfare efforts with the European Studbook Foundation. Victor will be talking about how ESF is working to maintain genetic diversity in reptiles. He will also be touching on his research with Homopus (Padloper Tortoise) in South Africa.

Jane Williams: MA BSc MSc Jane organises and runs Tortoise South East and has been involved in Chelonian welfare for over 35 years. Jane will be talking about Chelonian history in the UK as well as the latest results of her research into keeping tortoises in Britain.

Steve Morton: Herbiseed Wildflower Specialist - Tortoise Diets: Latest developments in natural diet feeding, the benefits, barriers and possible solutions.

Ed Pirog: Keeper and chelonia welfare worker will be showing unseen images of United States Chelonia keeping. Comparing outdoor environments in USA and the UK

£40 per person

Pre-book only, (inclusive of refreshments and lunch)

For more details see booking form on website or to reserve your place, please email: or telephone: 01692 402687

HOTEL: We’ve planned a special hotel rate (bed and breakfast) USE CODE: TORT071115 when booking Telephone: 01206 210 001

ICE-BREAKER MEAL: If you would like to join the ice-breaker meal at the Marks Tey Hotel from 7.30pm on Saturday 7th November. £12 payable on night. Telephone: 01206 210 001


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