Central Venous Catheter Placement in Chelonians

Long-term vascular access is difficult to obtain and maintain in chelonians. Fortunately, central venous catheters provide flexibility and length to avoid catheter dislodgement. Central lines are an effective tool that allow serial blood measurements and can be used for anesthesia administration, intravenous drug delivery, blood product transfusions, and continuous fluid therapy or continuous rate infusions.This photo tutorial article describes this simple technique step-by-step.

Mariana Pardo, MV, BVSc, DACVECC

Mariana Pardo is a board-certified Emergency and Critical Care specialist at Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. Dr. Pardo earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 from the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. She finished two emergency and critical care internships at the University of Georgia (UGA) and then the University of Florida. She recently completed her emergency and critical residency at Cornell University and she has a strong interest in exotic critical care medicine…