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.
- If you have a pet turtle that needs veterinary care, please contact the Exotic Animal Medicine Service at NC State.
- If you have a pet turtle that you are looking to re-home, please contact Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption or Reptile Rescue of the Carolinas.
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.
NC State’s Turtle Rescue Team featured in the Nov./Dec. issue of Midtown Magazine!
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