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Turtle Rescue Team

As a volunteer veterinary student organization, we rescue and rehabilitate turtles in the Triangle area. Through educational outreach programs, we strive to show the importance of conserving and protecting our native wildlife and ecosystem.

NC State Turtle Rescue Team

The NC State Turtle Rescue Team is a volunteer organization run by veterinary students at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. We provide medical, surgical and husbandry services free of charge in the hope of releasing rehabilitated turtles back into the wild. Currently, Turtle Rescue Team sees and treats over 300 wild turtles, reptiles and amphibians each year. With such a high caseload, veterinary students involved with Turtle Rescue Team have the opportunity to not only learn, develop, and refine their medical skills on “exotic” species, but they also have the chance to contribute to protecting North Carolina’s native wildlife.

Additionally, Turtle Rescue Team is involved with various public outreach programs including Reptile and Amphibian Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, Tails and Scales at the North Carolina Aquarium, and Turtlefest at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.

Please note that because of state laws and our permits, it is illegal for us to treat or accept pet turtles.

Adopt a Turtle

Donate a small amount of money to go toward the treatment of our wildlife patients. Because we run primarily on donations from our community to provide treatment and a safe, enriching environment to our patients, adopting a turtle can make all the difference for an animal in need: “Adopt” a Turtle Fundraiser


Get Help for an Injured Turtle

If you find a sick or injured turtle, please contact us and leave a message via phone or email (options listed below.) Please note that it is illegal for us to treat or accept pet turtles due to our permit.

 Call: 919-397-9675
 Directions: 1060 William Moore Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607


Volunteers Lead Renovation of Turtle Rescue Team Headquarters

Today, the Turtle Rescue Team’s bustling center of reptile and amphibian healing occupies a newly renovated headquarters in the NC State Veterinary Health and Wellness Center, courtesy of generous supporters and volunteers. But it’s been quite a journey to get there. 



Donate to the NC State Turtle Rescue Team!

Use this form to mail in a donation.  Make your check payable to North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Foundation (NCVMF) in the subject line write “Turtle Rescue Team,” or use our online gift site below.


Mail checks made payable to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation to:
Turtle Rescue Team
c/o North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607