Upcoming conferences...


ExoticsCon in Dallas, TX with Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians

  • Reptilian and Amphibian Hematology and Cytology: What a just a drop can tell you

University of Florida Vet Tech Conference in Gainesville, FL

  • Exotic Companion Animal Nursing: More than just oxygen and a warm cage
  • Master Class- Exotic Companion Animal Emergency and Triage: The critical first few minutes to hours 


ABVP annual Conference in Tampa, FL with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice

  • Topics coming soon...


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Zoological and Investment Quality Reptiles

Pia Bartolini, CVT, VTS (Exotics)

Veterinary Technician Specialists (VTS) application accepted for Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice Exotic Companion Animal, which includes avian, reptilian, amphibian, teleost, and exotic small mammals species. 


Primary focus in reptilian species:

  • Veterinary Nurse in Telehealth & Teleconsulting 
    • Facility and/or Remote visits for diagnostic sample collection and submission, pre- or post-quarantine sample collection, preventative health assessment, large facility veterinary logistics with cooperation of Licensed Veterinarians (US and International)
    • Facilitation of veterinary care for reptilian species (including venomous snakes, lizards, chelonians, and crocodilians)
  • Logistics and quarantine protocol assessment
    • ​Herd health surveying
  • Education and Training on Exotic Animal Topics for conferences, groups, and veterinary hospital staff
  • Field and Research Veterinary technical services
  • Relief Exotic & Zoo Veterinary Technician

*I am a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) and will abide by AVMA state laws by performing veterinary technician duties.  Only a licensed veterinarian can diagnose, formulate a treatment plan or prescribe medication.  However, I will work within the state regulations with a licensed veterinarian to assist with veterinary care*


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Previous Projects

  • Conservation Projects
    • Roseatte Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
    • November 2012 
      • Assisted with field research work with Oregon State University in Kauai, Hawaii with 65 Koloa Ducks (Anas wyvilliana) for surgical placement of intra-coelomic radio telemetry to track sex-specific survival rates, movement patterns, home-ranges, habitat use, and breeding ecology
  • Research
    • March 2017
      • Assisting with phlebotomy of Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) research
    • January 2015
      • Assisting with phlebotomy of a herd of 10 Galapagos Tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) at a private facility for DNA analysis and hematological evaluation
        • Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) blood collection for research
      • May 2013 to October 2014
        • Assisted and coordinated, with Veterinary Resident research project at the University of Florida, Effects of Parenteral parenteral Epinephrine and GV-26 Stimulation on inhalant Anesthesia recovery time in two Orders of Reptiles
      • June 2015
        • Assisted with prosthetic tail constructions for an American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
  • Education & Training
    • November 2014
      • University of Florida Technician Seminar Series, Exotic Companion Animal Emergencies
    • March 2014
      • Assisting with instructing phlebotomy lab during the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Professional Training Program, Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management Course 
    • November 2013
      • Presenter at St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, in-house training of proper administration of subcutaneous and intramuscular injection and fluids in avian and mammals species 
    • April 2009
      • Spay & Neuter program for feral dogs and cats in Nicaragua ​

Lectures & Publications


  • Local blocks, Poster presentation 2016 ExoticsCon Conference San Antonio, TX,  Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians:
  • ExoticsCon Conference San Antonio, TX,  Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians: Anesthetic Recovery Snakes: Case Studies of Non-Venomous and Venomous species, Oral presentation 
  • ExoticsCon Conference San Antonio, TX,  Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians: Case Study: Anesthetic Recovery of a Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) with Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Dyschezia, Oral presentation
  • Alexandra Goe, DVM,¹* Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Dipl ACVN, CVA, Dipl ACVSMR, ¹ Bonnie Gatson, DVM, ¹ Pia Bartolini, CVT, ¹ Jeff Curtiss, DVM, ¹ Tiffany Granone, DVM, Dipl ACVAA,  ¹ and James Wellehan, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM, Dipl ACVM ”Effects of parenteral epinephrine and GV-26 stimulation on inhalant anesthesia recovery time in two orders of reptiles”.
  • Co-editor of ARAV newsletter "Herp Blerp"


  • Clinical Use of GV-26 Acupuncture Point for Reduction of Anesthesia Recovery Time in Reptiles, poster presentation at AZVT 2015 35th AZVT Annual Proceeding
  • ARAV Newsletter article: Use of Thrombocyte/leukocyte-enriched plasma on reptilian trauma case: A literature review and application in a mandibular fracture of a juvenile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)


  • Florida Veterinary Technician Association: Newsletter article: Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) a keystone species


  • Chelonian anesthesia and fungal osteomyelitis: A case study of a Galapagos Tortoise, , CHELONIAN ANESTHESIA AND FUNGAL OSTEOMYELITIS: A CASE STUDY OF A GALAPAGOS TORTOISE (Chelonoidis nigra).  Oral presentation 2013 33rd Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference.


  • Cephenemyia spp. The deer throat bot.HE DEER TROAT BOT  Oral presentation 2007 27th Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference.