Clinical pathology of amphibians: a review. Academic Article uri icon


  • Amphibian declines and extinctions have worsened in the last 2 decades. Partly because one of the main causes of the declines is infectious disease, veterinary professionals have increasingly become involved in amphibian research, captive husbandry, and management. Health evaluation of amphibians, free-living or captive, can benefit from employing the tools of clinical pathology, something that is commonly used in veterinary medicine of other vertebrates. The present review compiles what is known of amphibian clinical pathology emphasizing knowledge that may assist with the interpretation of laboratory results, provides diagnostic recommendations for common amphibian diseases, and includes RIs for a few amphibian species estimated based on peer-reviewed studies. We hope to encourage the incorporation of clinical pathology in amphibian practice and research, and to highlight the importance of applying veterinary medicine principles in furthering our knowledge of amphibian pathophysiology.

published proceedings

  • Vet Clin Pathol

author list (cited authors)

  • Forzn, M. J., Heatley, J., Russell, K. E., & Horney, B.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Forzán, María J||Heatley, Jill||Russell, Karen E||Horney, Barbara

publication date

  • March 2017