Health: The Avian Veterinarian
The practice of Avian Medicine has developed into a distinct specialty of it's own within Veterinary medicine. This is due in a large part to the uniqueness of birds in the animal kingdom.
The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners awards certification in the specialty of Avian Practice to those vets meeting the requirements and able to pass the rigorous exams. It is very challenging to achieve one of these specialties and demonstrates great proficiency in the field. There are presently less than 100 Diplomats of the ABVP in Avian Practice. They are as rare as hen's teeth.
You will also find a number of veterinarians that have a *special interest in birds*, who are experienced and equipped in their practices to treat avian patients.
The Association of Avian Veterinarians was established in 1982 to provide information and education for veterinarians interested in avian medicine. They sponsor yearly conferences and publish a journal that offers information from the basics, to the cutting edge of science. This is an important organization for an avian practitioner to belong to and be active in.
So, what does one look for in the avian vet?
You want a vet who is set up for avian practice, not just dabbling in it. Length of time involved in avian health care, amount of avian patients seen, equipment and supplies needed for avian care in place, use of laboratories and specialists that are experienced in avian/exotic samples, participation in continuing education to keep on the cutting edge, ability in surgery and endoscopy, availability for emergencies, has technicians who are experienced and well trained in avian patients; are all elements you should look for. He/she should be a good listener, taking your questions and input seriously and a good educator of his/her clients regarding avian health and husbandry.
How do you find a good avian vet?
You can get referrals from general veterinary practitioners, local bird clubs and other bird owners in your area. Do ask for details such as why they recommend certain individuals and what their experiences with them have been like. The Association of Avian Veterinarians has a search engine on their site that can be helpful in locating AAV members.
| BASIC CARE | ILLNESS
AND INJURY | SYSTEMS |
FEATHER PROJECT | TAMBOPATA
| VAL | LINKS
AVIAN VET | CHECK-UP | DROPPINGS | DIAGNOSTICS | EMERGENCIES | COMMON INJURIES | CPR | WEST NILE VIRUS | IMMUNE | REPRODUCTION
DIET | ENVIRONMENT
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