Greg Lewbart

INVERTEBRATE MEDICINE, Second Edition receives the 2012 American Medical Writers Association Book Award; Category: Health Care Professionals (nonphysicians).

INVERTEBRATE MEDICINE, First Edition received the 2007 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) "Texty" Textbook Excellence Award in the College Life Sciences Category and the Second Edition is being recognized with the same award in 2012.


I am a veterinarian and professor of aquatic animal medicine at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) where I have taught since 1993. I graduated from Gettysburg College in 1981 with a B.A. in biology, received an M.S. in biology with a concentration in marine biology from Northeastern University in 1985, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. I worked for a large importer and wholesaler of tropical fishes for over 4 years before joining the faculty at the NCSU-CVM. I'm a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and was named "2007 Exotic DVM of the Year" by the Zoological Medicine Network/​Exotic DVM Magazine.

I'm an author on over 100 popular and scientific articles about invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and reptiles and speak nationally and internationally on these subjects. I have also authored or co-authored 20-plus book chapters on aquatic animal diseases and treatment and have edited or co-edited five veterinary books: Self Assessment Colour Review of Ornamental Fish (Manson Publishing and ISU Press, 1998; CRC Press, 2017); Invertebrate Medicine (Blackwell Publishing, 2006; 2012); Rapid Review of Exotic Animal Medicine and Husbandry (Manson Publishing, 2008).

I've written two novels, Ivory Hunters (1996) and Pavilion Key (2000), Krieger Publishing, Malabar, Florida. Both stories are scientific mysteries that raise important issues about wildlife conservation and man’s exploitation of the environment. I had the opportunity to explore southwestern Florida, where my novels are set, while living and working in Naples for several years. My wife Diane Deresienski (also a veterinarian) and I live in downtown Raleigh with our assorted pets.

Selected Works

Science Writing
The Second Edition of Invertebrate Medicine was released in December, 2011. It has been substantially expanded from the first edition to reflect the tremendous growth of the pertinent literature and work that is being accomplished in the fields of invertebrate animal medicine, disease investigation, conservation, husbandry, and animal welfare. In 2012 it is being recognized with a Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY award for excellence in the Life Sciences Category and first place in the Health Care Professionals (nonphysicians) category of the 2012 American Medical Writers Association Book Awards.
This book, edited by Karen L. Rosenthal, Neil A. Forbes, Frederic L. Frye, and Gregory A. Lewbart, utilizes approximately 400 clinical cases to describe and address many of the major medical and surgical conditions of exotic animal pets.
Invertebrate Medicine is the single most comprehensive resource available today on invertebrate animal medicine.
" will without doubt want to own this excellent collection of questions from fish veterinarians on both sides of the Atlantic...." --David Williams, The Veterinary Journal
Creative Non-Fiction
"This is a delightful book. The stories, each amazingly different, are told with warmth, humor and sensitivity. They are sometimes sad, always captivating. It is a book you can dip into on a journey or read before sleep at night. Buy it and give copies to your friends." Jane Goodall
“....a darn good yarn.”
--Ken Moore, Naples Daily News
“...well-told and environmentally informative story about buried treasure and smuggling of exotic animals...”
--Rod Cockshutt, The News & Observer