Greg Lewbart


Who is Dr. Dan Dombrowski?

November 16, 2012

Tags: Daniel S. Dombrowski, M.S., D.V.M.

Dr. Dombrowski is currently the Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) and Adjunct Faculty at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). In 2006, he earned a D.V.M. from the NCSU-CVM with a focus in zoo medicine and advanced courses in reptile, fish, invertebrate, avian, (more…)

Hot Topic Article: Simulated climate change causes immune suppression and protein damage in the crustacean Nephrops norvegicus.

November 16, 2012

Tags: Bodil Hernroth, Helen Nilsson Sköld, Kerstin Wiklander, Fredrik Jutfelt, Susanne Baden. 2012. Journal of Fish and Shellfish Immunology 33(5):1095-1101.

This group of Swedish scientists discovered that simulated ocean acidification (year 2100 estimates) and elevated temperature contribute to decreased immune function, as measured by number and function of hemocytes, in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus).


Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is causing global warming, which affects oceans by elevating water temperature and reducing pH. (more…)

Who is Dr. John Chitty?

November 4, 2012

Tags: John Chitty BVet Med Cert Zoo Med Biol MSB MRCVS

Qualifying from Royal Veterinary College in 1990, John has specialised in exotic species for many years (see exotics pages). When not working he enjoys all sports especially cricket – though watching not playing these days!- as well as real ale!

Qualifications and Employment:
-Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990
-Gained Royal College of (more…)

Hot Topic Article: Sea urchin coelomocytes are resistant to a variety of DNA damaging agents.

November 4, 2012

Tags: Jeannette Loram, Renee Raudonis, Jecar Chapman, Mae Lortie, Andrea Bodnar. 2012. Aquatic Toxicology 124/125:133-138.

This interesting study by a group of scientists at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science found that cells (coelomocytes) of a sea urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) are relatively resistant to DNA damage caused by a variety of genetic insults/agents compared to cells of a gastropod (Aplysia dactylomela) and the crustacean Panularis argus. The results (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.
" 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