Avian veterinarian

An avian veterinarian is a veterinarian who specializes in treating birds.[1] All veterinarians, upon first qualification from a certified veterinary college, may treat any species.[2] Additional training is required for qualification to become a recognized specialist in the care of birds.[3]

A wounded bald eagle receiving treatment while under general anesthesia

In the United States, a veterinarian can specialize in avian medicine and surgery via post-graduate training through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Practice).[3] Avian veterinarians can become members of the Association of Avian Veterinarians for additional education opportunities including a journal and an annual conference.

In Europe, veterinarians become recognized as avian specialists by qualifying as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian), and in Australia and New Zealand by qualifying as a Member or Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.[3]

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  1. ^ Tully, Thomas N., Jr.; Dorrestein, Gerry M.; Jones, Alan K., eds. (2009). Handbook of avian medicine (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7020-2874-8.
  2. ^ Klaphke, Eric (2014). "Specialization in reptile medicine". In Mader, Douglas R.; Divers, Stephen J. (eds.). Current therapy in reptile medicine & surgery. Elsevier Saunders. pp. xv–xxi. ISBN 9780323242936.
  3. ^ a b c Klaphake, Eric (2016). "Specialization in avian medicine and surgery". In Speer, Brian L. (ed.). Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery. Elsevier. pp. 10–15. ISBN 9781455746712.

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