Lecture: Pain Management in Reptiles
Lecturer: La'Toya Latney, DVM
Attending Clinician
Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. La’Toya Latney is currently an attending clinician for ECAMS and the small mammal and reptile medicine & surgery course organizer. She completed the Special Species Medicine & Surgery residency at Penn Vet. Prior to her studies at Penn Vet, she completed an 18 month exotics internship under Heidi Hoefer, DVM, DABVP, a well-known authority in the field of exotic pet medicine. She is a Cornell University undergraduate alumnus and a received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical year was spent at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine under the mentorship of Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ECZM (Herp), Javier Nevarez, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ACZM (Herp), David Migallon Sanchez Guzman, LV, MS, Dipl ECZM (Avian), Dipl ACZM and Thomas Tully, DVM, DABVP, ECAMS. She has 10 years experience serving wildlife hospitals and refuge centers and as a veterinary practitioner serving pet exotics, zoo animals, and wildlife exclusively. Her special interests include reptile nutrition, reptile medicine and surgery, and translational research. She has completed prospective research in reptile nutrition and has presented her findings at national and international conferences. Dr. Latney is completing a Master's of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Penn Medicine. Her current clinical trial was developed to validate a pain assessment tool for use in lizards and is being sponsored through the Veterinary Clinical Investigation Center. Ultimately she would like to study reptiles as a translational model for neuronal repair. She is concurrently pursuing American College of Zoological Medicine diplomate candidacy for the new Zoological Companion Animal subspecialty.