Many veterinarians have not taken the
coursework necessary to provide sound medical care to our avian companions.
Avian medicine is a specialty and a bird's anatomy and physiology is vastly
different from that of dogs and cats. If you own a bird, one
of the most critical things you can do to ensure their health is to find a
qualified avian veterinarian to provide advice and specialized care.
There are a few organizations that provide
look-up services to find an avian vet in your geographical area.
The American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners (ABVP) provides a listing of board-certified avian
veterinarians and the list can be searched at
The Association of Avian Veterinarians
maintains a list of vets who practice avian medicine at
Zupreem also have a lookup services which
are very helpful.
If you can't locate an avian veterinarian in
your geographical area using these services then you will need to contact your
local vets and interview them as to their training and experience in treating
birds. Another good approach is to ask local bird owners, breeders
or pet stores who they would recommend. Just because a vet isn't listed on
these sites doesn't mean they aren't capable of treating your bird. They may
have years of experience in treating birds and kept up on the many advances by
reading journals or attending conferences.
When considering establishing a relationship
with a vet ask the following questions:
What is the depth of their experience in
Have they taken any specialized training
in avian medicine?
Have they had a bird as a pet?
Can they provide after hours emergency
Remember, if your bird becomes sick or injured,
time is always of the essence. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you: