Greg Lewbart

INVERTEBRATE MEDICINE, Second Edition BLOG

NAVC Amazon Expedition

June 22, 2011

Diane And an Owl Butterfly Taken During Our First Night Walk In The Jungle. We Saw Many Amazing Things!
The following travel log is a day-by-day account of our recent trip to Ecuadorian Amazonia and The Andes Mountains. We were on a North American Veterinary Conference Continuing Education Expedition with 42 other wonderful and engaged participants. Trip leaders and organizers Carol Walton and Doug Mader did a fantastic job in creating a lifetime experience packed (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #9

June 22, 2011

Mt. Cotopaxi From The Quito To Miami Flight. It's The Second Highest Peak in Ecuador at 19,300-plus feet!
Sunday
June 19, 2011

We managed to make the bus with time for some complimentary coffee in the lobby! The bus ride to the airport (there were 29 of us on the early run) was uneventful and we moved through baggage check and security efficiently and in plenty of time for our 6:40 AM departure to Miami. We (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #8

June 22, 2011

Hummingbirds Are Abundant In This Region. There Are Plenty Of Beautiful and Diverse Flowers To Support Them!
Saturday
June 18, 2011

I walked about the Termas complex in search of coffee about 5 AM, but alas, there was none to be found. I worked on the computer some and then went into the hot pool in front of our room; Diane soon joined me and we had a pleasant steamy soak before getting dressed (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #7

June 22, 2011

One Of The Many “Private” Pools In Front Of The Termas Resort Rooms
Friday
June 17, 2011

Wake-up was at the more reasonable time of 6:30, although, Diane and I were both already up when the door knock came. We packed, cleaned up, and headed down for our last breakfast at Sacha. By 7:30 AM the canoes were loaded and one-by-one headed for the Anden trail and we were all soon (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #6

June 22, 2011

This White Piranha, Caught By Wilson, Our Native Guide, Was Released After The Photograph.
Thursday
June 16, 2011

Today was a true early day with a 5:30 wake-up call. Breakfast was at 6:00 and we rallied at the Choza location for our 6:30 trek to the “two towers” and canopy walk. It took us about 30 minutes to reach the first tower. Diane and Johanna were afraid and reluctant, but also brave, and we (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #5

June 22, 2011

This Large Spectacled Caiman Was "Hanging Out" Under The Dock Where Our Cookout And Evening Lecture Was Held!
Wednesday
June 15, 2011

We mistakenly received a 5:30 wake-up but I was up regardless. After breakfast our group, except for John, headed off on a 4-hour canoe trip and hike through an area known as La Garto (The Caiman). We saw plenty of plants, birds, and some new frogs.

We spent about an hour down at (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #4

June 22, 2011

Grasshopper Fungus “Planter.” Fungal Spores Of The Genus Cordyceps Infect An Insect Host, Kill It (Sometimes Mid Stride), And Then Use Its Body As Nutritional Support For Growth And Survival.
Tuesday
June 14, 2011

I awoke early and worked on this travel journal and my talks. Our official knock-on-door wakeup call was at 6:00 and we started breakfast at 6:30. By 7:00 we were meeting Paul and Wilson at the canoes to begin our morning adventure. Jocelyn and John didn’t join us for the morning hike was just (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #3

June 21, 2011

One Of The Dozens Of Small Tree Frogs We Came Across In The Jungle!
Monday
June 13, 2011

I was up early and a couple of hotel workers generously provided me with some fresh brewed Café Americano about 5 AM. It was great! I worked on the computer a while until Di got up about 6:30. We packed, had breakfast with some of the group, and are now ready to head for (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #2

June 20, 2011

Cheese And Biscochos On Our Field Guide “Table.” What a Delicious and Unusual Treat!
Sunday
June 12, 2011

We slept well and were up and ready for the tasty breakfast buffet about 7:30 AM. At 8:30 our group rallied in the hotel lobby and boarded a large Turismo bus, which we filled, and headed for Otavalo, where the largest traditional market in Ecuador is located.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otavalo

Along (more…)

NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #1

June 20, 2011

Rosa Meeting Us At The Quito Airport. She and husband/bus driver Omar did a great job!
Saturday
June 11, 2011

We took a Taxi to the airport and boarded our RDU to MIA flight at 1:15 PM, arriving in Miami about 3:00 PM. The flight was nice and pretty smooth, with good views of the Eastern Seaboard along the way. Everglades “back fires” altered our MIA approach but we were still on time, and (more…)

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.
"....you 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
Fiction
“....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