News & Press https://www.aav.org/news/ Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:51:16 GMT Sat, 8 Dec 2018 19:50:06 GMT Copyright © 2018 Association of Avian Veterinarians Holiday Greetings from the AAV https://www.aav.org/news/430917/ https://www.aav.org/news/430917/
 

Holiday Greetings from AAV!

 

Your AAV International Committee presents a special holiday message from around the globe.

From all of us at AAV, we wish you a wonderful and joyful holiday season. May the New Year be filled with peace, health and happiness!

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General Sat, 8 Dec 2018 19:50:06 GMT
The Current State of Avian-Related Legislation https://www.aav.org/news/427158/ https://www.aav.org/news/427158/ By: Julia M. Hill, DVM

With the close of the year fast approaching, many of us have enjoyed seeing the change of seasons and watching the great spectacle of migration that takes place right in front of us.  As avian health advocates and conservationists, we should also pay attention to the changes that the season has brought in America?s political climate.

Many of you probably know that the most recent election resulted in a turn of the House to Democratic control, while the Senate remains with a Republican majority.  In this bipartisan setting, our lawmakers can either decide to cooperate to move forward with policies or create a gridlock until the next major election cycle.  While I believe most of us would want to move forward and be willing to pursue reasonable compromise to achieve what is best for all, we will have to be vigilant to ensure that some of the things we value most are not compromised, as well.  Conservation is one of those key issues.

Here are some of the top contenders for avian advocates to keep an eye on at the end of 2018.

  •  The 2018 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill has always been a huge deciding factor in how land is best used to protect America?s food supply in a way that also promotes stewardship of natural resources and wildlife.  The bill is still resolving differences and may not get passed this year, but the committees in both the House and Senate have expressed desire to finish the job to avoid starting over next year.  Though waiting for Democrat control of the House may result in Farm Bill proposals next year geared more towards conservation, the current bill on the table went through a lot to get where it?s at now and shouldn?t be abandoned lightly.  If Congress decides to make the Farm Bill a priority for the end of the year, conservationists need to keep a close eye on the policies involved.  The major issue keeping the Farm Bill in limbo is SNAP (food stamp) provisions, not necessarily conservation issues.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr2%22%5D%7D&r=1

  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund

Renewal for this fund was not passed on time and expired September 30th.  However, both Senate and House members have proposed acts to renew the fund, and we should encourage our representatives to get this to go through in a timely fashion.  The Land and Water Conservation Fund uses royalties from offshore oil and gas leasing to support the protection of federal lands and waters for conservation and recreation.
https://www.doi.gov/lwcf

  • The SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239)

H.R. 4239 was the bill that contained a provisional change to how the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was interpreted in favor of no penalties for ?incidental? kills of birds.  Fortunately, it should be much more difficult to pass successfully now.  On November 2nd an amended version was published as well as the dissenting view of the current Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Raul Grijalva.  Representative Grijalva will become Chairman of the Committee when the House turns over, and this Act will likely see major changes under Democratic control.  Still, avian conservationists need to be vigilant to ensure that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is preserved in its entirety should H.R. 4239 move forward.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4239/actions?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+4239%22%5D%7D&r=1

  • The Endangered Species Act

The proposed rule changes by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association that would remove protections for threatened species, among other items, were opposed by many conservation-oriented organizations, including the AZA:
https://www.aza.org/aza-news-releases/posts/aza-comment-esa

The time window for public comment on the proposed rules has closed.  We are in a period of waiting to see if the proposed rules will be made final, or if public comment or other factors will result in changes to the rules.  It is possible, though unlikely, that another chance for comment may become available if changes to the proposed rules are significant.  We need to look towards the future and realize that other changes to the Endangered Species Act could be imminent and in need our valuable input.

2018 was touted to be ?The Year of the Bird? by Audubon.  As avian veterinarians, we have a unique outlook on the health of bird populations in the United States and should strive to become involved in these nationwide issues that are affecting our wild birds.  After all, even if for most of us our patients are primarily captive, non-native species, it is our obligation under our veterinary oath to use our skills to create a healthy world for birds and humans alike.

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Legislative Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:07:47 GMT
Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in Clinical Avian Health Grants https://www.aav.org/news/422904/ https://www.aav.org/news/422904/ Contact: Robert Groskin, DVM

AAV Executive Director

Tel: 720-458-4111 x1

Email: rgroskin@aav.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in Clinical Avian Health Grants

TEANECK, NJ, October 15, 2018

 

 

The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 AAV Companion B?ird and Wild Bird Health Grants. Dr. Ellen Bronson of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded $9,952 for her project, "Pharmacokinetics of the antimalarial drug primaquine in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)." Dr. Heather Barron of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel, Florida, was awarded $5,000 for her project, "Use of intravenous lipid emulsion therapy as a novel treatment for brevetoxicosis in double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auratus)."

 

Since 1982, the AAV has provided over $575,000 in avian research funding. "By funding clinically relevant research studies, the AAV Health Grants have improved the health and welfare of our avian patients. Research results from 77 funded scientific studies have advanced clinical practice by providing much needed scientific data in areas such as nutrition, pain medication, radiography, pharmacology, virology, wound repair and many other areas," states AAV Executive Director Dr. Robert Groskin. He also stated, "The AAV grants are one of the few funding sources for clinical avian research. Donations to the Companion Animal and Wild Bird Health come from the membership, clients and supporters of the AAV." 

 

About the Projects

Pharmacokinetics of antimalarial drug primaquine in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus)

Most temperate penguins held outdoors in zoological institutions receive life-long antimalarial drugs during the mosquito season to prevent avian malaria, a major killer of penguins around the world. Drug protocols appear to be mostly effective, although break-through infections occur, usually resulting in death. The results of this study will enable veterinarians to make science-based decisions on dosages to ensure the parasite is sufficiently treated or prevented while avoiding toxicity. This study will have a significant impact of the health of penguins in zoological facilities as well as in rehabilitation facilities in the native ranges of multiple penguin species worldwide.

 

Use of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy as a Novel Treatment for Brevetoxicosis in Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Red tides blooms of the marine dinoflagellate Karenia brevis are occurring with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Mass die-off events of seabirds from neurotoxins produced by these harmful algal blooms (HABs) are common all over the world. Each year, CROW admits hundreds of birds affected by brevetoxicosis or red tide poisoning. There is no definitive treatment. Estimated global survival rates for these birds admitted to wildlife hospitals are only 25-33%. Therefore, the grant given to CROW by AAV will be used to investigate a novel treatment for brevetoxicosis, intravenous lipid emulsion therapy, which has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of lipid-soluble toxins in several domestic animal species.

 

The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve. A complete list of past grant recipients is posted on the AAV website: http://www.aav.org/researchawards

 

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Research Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:12:55 GMT
Press Release: AAV Announces $1000 Disaster Relief Donation to Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife https://www.aav.org/news/419186/ https://www.aav.org/news/419186/ Contact: Robert Groskin, DVM

AAV Executive Director

Tel: 720-458-4111 x1

Email: rgroskin@aav.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) Announces $1000 Disaster Relief Donation to the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel, Florida

 

TEANECK, NJ, September 20, 2018

 

The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) announces a $1000 Disaster Relief Donation to the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel, Florida. The Gulf Coast has been devastated by the worst red tide bloom event in over a decade. The algae toxin has caused illness and death in many species of birds as well as dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and 300 tons of fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

AAV member and past president, Dr. Heather Barron, Medical Director at CROW, has led the effort to save the wildlife in the region. In a recent interview, Dr. Barron summed up why we all should care about these tragic events. Says Dr. Barron, ?Even if you don?t care about the wildlife, you should care about what that means for your health and your children?s health and your pets? health and your food supply?s health. It?s not just wildlife that?s going to be affected by this.? For further information on the red tide and CROW?s efforts see: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/floridas-toxic-red-tide-is-a-perfect-storm-for-the-gulf-coast.

 

The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), founded in 1980, is a professional organization comprised of veterinarians from private practice, zoos, universities and industry. The mission of the AAV is to advance and promote avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation. For more information on the AAV see the association?s website www.aav.org.

 

pictured: Dr. Heather Barron
 Pictured: Dr. Heather Barron, Medical Director at the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Robert Groskin, DVM, at 720-458-4111 ext. 1, or email rgroskin@aav.org.

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General Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:16:34 GMT
AAV Announces Search for New Journal Editor https://www.aav.org/news/417237/ https://www.aav.org/news/417237/ 96

After 25 years of service to the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) as the Editor-in-Chief and as Scientific Editor for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS), Drs. James Carpenter and Katherine Quesenberry have announced their respective retirements. The AAV has been extremely fortunate to have benefitted from the experience and expertise of Drs. Carpenter and Quesenberry to consistently produce a peer-reviewed veterinary journal of exceptional quality and value. 

A search committee has been formed to begin the process of selecting a new Editor for JAMS. A full description of the duties and responsibilities of the position can be found below.  Interested parties should contact the AAV Executive Director Bob Groskin at rgroskin@gmail.com for further information. 

EDITOR, JOURNAL OF AVIAN MEDICINE AND SURGERY
POSITION DESCRIPTION

Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS)

The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS) is a peer-reviewed, scientific publication in the field of avian veterinary medicine and surgery.  The circulation volume of JAMS is approximately 1,400 subscriptions. The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery is the official journal of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) and is published by the AAV.

Journal

Primary Responsibilities of the Journal Editor of JAMS

A full description of the duties and responsibilities of the position can be found below. The position will have primary responsibility for the publication of JAMS. The Editor will work under the guidance of the AAV Executive Board. The position can be based at the successful applicant?s current location. The Editor will be paid as an independent contractor with compensation of $37,500 per annum. The expected term of office is a minimum of five (5) years.

Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with a DVM/VMD degree and a strong interest and experience in the field of avian medicine and a solid record of scientific publication.

Journal Editor Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS) include the following:

Maintain and Oversee an Editorial Board of Associate Editors for JAMS

  1. Recruit Associate Editors to the JAMS Editorial Board.
  2. Maintain a list of Associate Editor names, degrees, affiliations, contact information, and duties and responsibilities.
  3. Provide guidance, mentoring, and coaching to Associate Editors.  Provide Associate Editors with clear and concise instructions and the mechanisms to ask questions of or express concerns to the Editor.
  4. Provide Associate Editors with a list of potential Manuscript Reviewers and methods of procuring additional Reviewers using the Allen Press submission and peer review management system (currently Allen Track).
  5. Monitor the activities of Associate Editors to ensure fair, timely, and thorough editorial review of manuscripts.  Remove Associate Editors from the JAMS Editorial Board that do not fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

Review and Prepare Each Journal Issue

1.  Review Manuscripts

  • Perform Initial Quality Check of each submitted manuscript.  Evaluate all manuscripts after initial submission to JAMS through Allen Track to determine if the manuscript meets the needs of the Journal regarding the subject matter and the target audience.
  • Assign each manuscript that has been initially approved to an Associate Editor through Allen Track (See Attachment 1: Manuscript Submissions to JAMS 1/2015 to 8/2018)
  • Each Associate Editor then assigns two Manuscript Reviewers to each manuscript.
  • Each Associate Editor generally oversees four manuscripts per year.
  • Serve as the effective Associate Editor for all unassigned manuscripts 
  • Evaluate the decision of the Associate Editor and make final decision (accept, revise, reject) on each manuscript.
  • Evaluate style, format, grammar, tables, references to ensure they meet the standards for JAMS.  Request any necessary revisions directly from authors via Allen Track.
  • Oversee additional JAMS content including
  • Review topics / Hot topics
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Notes From the Field
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Selected Abstracts
  • Upcoming Meetings
  • Book reviews
  • Ensure prompt, fair, and thorough manuscript review and editing through regular and timely communications with authors, Associate Editors, and Allen Press.

2.  Perform Manuscript Final Review and Prepare Journal Issue

  • Assign fully accepted manuscripts to a journal issue number to ensure adequate number of original articles and cases reports as well as ?What?s Your Diagnosis? articles per issue.
  • Currently, JAMS publish 10 to 12 manuscripts and one ?What?s Your Diagnosis? article per issue. Issues are published quarterly.
  • Perform initial macro- and micro-editing of each manuscript as needed before final submission to Allen Track for copyediting and typesetting.
  • Evaluate each manuscript for accuracy of numbers, tables, references, figures.
  • Make grammatical changes following general editing guidelines and principles of the American Medical Writers Association.
  • Proof all galleys for each manuscript/article in each issue before publication.
  • Inspect each galley for accuracy, typographical errors, printing errors, and any errors introduced by copy editor.
  • Evaluate for any final author queries needed on each manuscript.
  • Evaluate layout.
  • Oversee JAMS layout details, including
  • Table of Contents (TOC), including order of manuscripts
  • Annual Indexes
  • List of Contributing Authors
  • Masthead updates
  • Meet submission target date for each journal issue to ensure timely publication of quarterly journal issues as best as possible.

3.  Communicate with Interested Parties

  • Provide open channels of communication by email and phone with interested parties in order to assure fair, timely, and thorough manuscript review and journal publication
  • Authors ? Communicate with manuscript authors as necessary for manuscript revision through Allen Track.  Ensure that the manuscript review process is as positive experience for authors as possible.
  • Associate Editors ? Communicate with Associate Editors as needed.  Facilitate communication between authors and Associate Editors through Allen Track.
  • Reviewers ? Communicate directly with Manuscript Reviewers when necessary.  Facilitate communication between Associate Editors and Reviewers through Allen Track when needed. 
  • Allen Press ? Work directly with the Managing Editor for JAMS at Allen Press.
  • Respond to Letters to the Editor from individual parties
  • Investigate disputes in the submission, review, and publication processes

4.  Other JAMS Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain current Annual Production Timelines and Guidelines.
  • Maintain current Instructions to Authors
  • Respond to Release of Copyright requests and other requests for publication of JAMS content elsewhere.  Maintain all Release of Copyright request forms.
  • Maintain Release of Copyright forms from authors for Sources for Journal Publication.

Report to the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)

  1. Attend in-person at the annual conference of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV).  A stipend will be provided to cover travel expenses.
  2. Attend the mid-year AAV Advisory Council meeting (currently the meeting is held by conference call at a time during the first couple months of each year)
  3. Prepare both an annual and a mid-year JAMS Editorial Board report for the annual and mid-year AAV Advisory Council meetings.
  4. Conduct an on-site annual JAMS Editorial Board meeting with JAMS staff and Associate Editors at the AAV annual conference.

Other AAV Duties

  1. Work with the AAV Executive Board to maintain a current Policy and Procedure Manual as it applies to JAMS
  2. Interface with the AAV Executive Director, AAV President, and AAV Executive Board as needed.
  3. Interface with Allen Press on AAV issues.

Continuing Education

  1. Attend professional and educational conferences or meetings to ensure compliance with the standards of industry for journal publication and scientific review.  A stipend will be provided to cover travel expenses.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  1. If an Editorial Assistant is used, oversee the activities of the Editorial Assistant (including the verifying of all references for accuracy).
  2. Other duties and responsibilities as directed by the AAV Executive Director, AAV President, and AAV Executive Board.
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General Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:00:00 GMT
AAV Auction for Avian Research Preview https://www.aav.org/news/415615/ https://www.aav.org/news/415615/ @media (max-width: 520px) { .block-grid { min-width: 320px!important; max-width: 100%!important; width: 100%!important; display: block!important; } .col { min-width: 320px!important; max-width: 100%!important; width: 100%!important; display: block!important; } .col > div { margin: 0 auto; } img.fullwidth { max-width: 100%!important; } img.fullwidthOnMobile { max-width: 100%!important; } .no-stack .col { min-width: 0!important; display: table-cell!important; } .no-stack.two-up .col { width: 50%!important; } .no-stack.mixed-two-up .col.num4 { width: 33%!important; } .no-stack.mixed-two-up .col.num8 { width: 66%!important; } .no-stack.three-up .col.num4 { width: 33%!important; } .no-stack.four-up .col.num3 { width: 25%!important; } .mobile_hide { min-height: 0px!important; max-height: 0px!important; max-width: 0px!important; display: none!important; overflow: hidden!important; font-size: 0px!important; } }

Get Ready for the AAV Auction!

All Proceeds Benefit the AAV Wild and Companion Bird Health Funds

AAV Auction

Auction Item Preview

Here are just a few items available this year:

Maui vacation

A Week in Maui for 2!

Bid on a 1-week stay in this beautiful vacation house located in south Maui in a gated community. Located just 1 mile from the beach near the Four Seasons and Wailea Grand Hotel, the house is fully furnished with beach and snorkel supplies, 2 bikes and plenty of sunshine! Value: $3,000!

 
microsurgery instruments

Sontec Microsurgical Instrument Pack

Includes: ring-tip forceps, microsurgical scissors, and microsurgical needle drivers ($2,542 value!)

WDW Park Hopper Passes

Disney World Park Hopper Passes

It's time to take your family on that dream vacation!

veterinary text books

Veterinary Text Books

Avian Medicine, 3rd Edition

Exotic Animal Formulary, 5th Edition

And More!

Artwork

Stunning Avian Artwork

Image above by photographer Richard Dumoulin

Additional artwork from Robert Cook and others!

VMX 2019 registration

2019 VMX Conference Registration

Fear Free Course

Fear Free Avian Course

Additional Items:

Stethoscope from Veterinary Specialty Products (VSP)

 

Falconry Gear 

 

VetOmega Products (Omega- 3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acid Supplement)  

 

Gift Certificates from Many of our Exhibitors 

 

Tasting Room Gift Certificates from Multiple Atlanta Breweries

 

And Much More!

 

We Need Your Help!

Together We Can Raise the Most Funds Yet at This Year's Auction!

 

Donate Today and Make Plans to Bid on Your Favorite Items!

 

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Conference Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:26:18 GMT
New Backyard Poultry Education Handout Available https://www.aav.org/news/402202/ https://www.aav.org/news/402202/ AAV is offering a new printable education handout on Zoonotic Diseases of Backyard Poultry. This page informs about diseases in backyard poultry that are contagious to people and what can be done to prevent infection.

 

Visit page: https://www.aav.org/page/poultryzoonotic

 

 

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General Wed, 23 May 2018 20:09:25 GMT
ExoticsCon Registration Opening Soon! https://www.aav.org/news/400304/ https://www.aav.org/news/400304/

ExoticsCon
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Conference Thu, 10 May 2018 16:43:42 GMT
Member Spotlight: Odette Doest and Bob the Flamingo https://www.aav.org/news/396763/ https://www.aav.org/news/396763/

 

This month AAV is pleased to feature a special edition of the AAV Member Spotlight. Odette Doest, DVM has been a member of AAV since 2000. Dr. Doest was recently featured in a National Geographic story about her work with Bob the Flamingo. The article featured photography by Jasper Doest, a wildlife photographer (and Odette's cousin). 

 

View Member Spotlight  View National Geographic Article View Video Clip

 

Dr. Doest shared a short video clip that shows Bob in action at a school outreach event at a Curacao elementary school in the neighborhood of Kura Piedra. The children are between the ages of 4 and 7. "There is a RAMSAR area/swamp just 5 miles from the school which is an important area for waterbirds, migratory birds and even flamingo's so it was especially thrilling to be able to teach those youngsters empowerment tools for conservation and teach them about the chain of life and what happens if they pollute their environment with plastic, insecticide or other trash, or if they don't respect the birds and don't leave them alone. It was wonderful and they were very happy. All promised to be future guardians of wildlife health!" states Dr. Doest. 

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General Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:34:05 GMT
International Focus: Avian Hands-On Workshop Held in India https://www.aav.org/news/391002/ https://www.aav.org/news/391002/ By: Dr. Shiwani Tandel, AAV International Committee Member

 

 

The Avian 101 Workshop that was conducted at Shirval Veterinary College in December 2017 was the first college-level avian workshop ever to be conducted in India by a private veterinarian. I have been conducting this workshop on a small scale since 2003 at my clinic; the purpose of the workshops is to share the knowledge I have learned at AAV conferences for small groups of students interested in avian medicine. We have a WhatsApp group of veterinarians from all over the country and this past year, I offered to put on the workshop for this group; however, the interest was overwhelming and we needed a larger venue than my clinic could offer. Since there would be birds involved, I had to look for a college setting. I approached a professor of poultry medicine (who had taught me as a student), Dr. Ranade, currently associate Dean of KNPVC, Shirval (a veterinary college close to the historic city of Pune). 

 

The campus is large and was therefore able to accommodate our workshop; additionally, Dr. Ranade showed confidence in my ability to conduct this workshop. This was a big milestone since there are no boarded specialists in avian medicine in India. The only reason that I could manage this was that I have been practicing in avian medicine since 2005. All of this thanks to the AAV for opening my eyes to the world of avian medicine and my professor's trust that the program was for the benefit of the veterinary and avian communities. I wanted to make this a university-recognized course and Drs. Banalikar and Ranade of the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) made it possible. The certificates the participants received had the seals of the university (MAFSU) and college (KNPVC) along with the AAV logo. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bob Groskin who was extremely supportive of the program and quickly gave permission to use the AAV logo on the certificates. 

 

The workshop was conducted on December 21-22, 2017. I was elated that the participants enjoyed the lectures and the hands-on learning experience. In Indian veterinary practices we see a lot of smaller birds like budgies, cockatiels, and ringneck parakeets so for the workshop we provided the participants with quail, which are similar in size. We demonstrated anesthetic technique (injectable because a lot of clinics don?t have gas), basic procedures like blood draws, fluid administration, air sac cannulation, gavage feeding, bandaging, etc). To benefit the veterinarians, I offered them a one-year free membership to the AAV so even if they don?t see birds regularly, their interest in the field remains alive. 

 

I?m happy that the members of our local veterinary support group, the PPAM, were also pleased and they plan on having an exotics CE with a focus on birds and small mammals this October. We are confirming the international speaker as I write this article. 

 

Overall, I think the interest in avian medicine in India has suddenly increased because of the increasing number of avian patients we are seeing in the last 2-3 years. I?m happy I could be a part in educating this group of people and will continue to do so to spread the knowledge I have received from the AAV conferences.

 

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International Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:53:27 GMT
Wild Birds Matter: Stop H.R. 4239 https://www.aav.org/news/384146/ https://www.aav.org/news/384146/ In March of 2018, bird and nature lovers will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA). This law has protected our nation?s birds through a century of human population expansion and remarkable economic growth. The MBTA currently protects over 1,000 bird species in the United States.

 

Unfortunately, the MBTA, our nation?s cornerstone bird conservation law, is under attack. In November of 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 4239, an energy act.* This act would remove liability for the incidental or accidental ?take? of bird species protected under the MBTA. This means that energy companies and other industries would no longer be held responsible for bird deaths and injuries resulting from their activities.

 

Read more, download a printable flyer and find links to petitions and representatives at the following page: 

http://www.aav.org/page/stophr4239

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Legislative Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:24:09 GMT
2018 AAV Research Grant Request for Proposals https://www.aav.org/news/379245/ https://www.aav.org/news/379245/ AAV Companion Bird Health Research Fund

Pre-proposals for research projects addressing clinical aspects of companion bird health, are now being accepted for consideration for funding by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). Areas of interest include but are not limited to diagnostic testing, disease treatment, drug pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and practice management. Grants are limited to $10,000.00 US for individual projects.

 

AAV Wild Bird Health Research Fund


Pre-proposals for research projects addressing wild bird health are now being accepted for consideration for funding by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). Projects of interest include but are not limited to epidemiology of disease in wild populations, ecotoxicology, diagnostic testing and treatment of wild birds, and conservation medicine.
 Grants are limited to $5,000.00 US for individual projects.

Overview of Project Guidelines

 

The full project, or portion of the project for which funding is requested, must be completed within one (1) calendar year upon acceptance.

Costs such as travel expenses, publication costs, investigator or assistant salaries, major equipment purchases, and overhead shall not be funded by the AAV.

All prospective research studies funded by the AAV must receive full approval by the facility?s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or equivalent research review entity. If IACUC (or equivalent) approval is pending at the time of full proposal submission to the AAV, proof of subsequent complete approval must be made available to the AAV before funds can be released for the research project.

Although not a mandatory requirement for funding, selected investigators are strongly encouraged to publish their results in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS) and/or submit presentation proposals for the annual conference of the AAV. Selected investigators will be required to provide a written research update to the AAV at the end of the first calendar year from funding, and to submit a final research summary suitable for publication in JAMS and presentation on the AAV research website once the project is completed.

 

Completed pre-proposals (one page form only) must be received by February 1, 2018. Final proposals, upon invitation only, based on the evaluation of the pre-proposal, must be received by May 1. Grants will be announced at the annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, USA, September 22-27, 2018. A maximum 250 word description of the project will also be required for publication in association development literature. This summary should be in lay terms.

 

Click here for complete pre-proposal guidelines and to download a template for submission. Direct questions to the AAV Executive Director at grants.awards.scholarships@aav.org or 720-458-4111 ext. 1. 

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Research Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:14:36 GMT
Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in New Clinical Avian Health Grants https://www.aav.org/news/372848/ https://www.aav.org/news/372848/ Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in New Clinical Avian Health Grants

AAV expands research funding - now offering two new bird health grants to further association mission of advancing avian medicine

 

TEANECK, NJ, October 12, 2017

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The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 AAV Companion B?ird and Wild Bird Health Grants. Dr. Marcy Souza of the University of Tennessee was awarded the AAV Companion Bird Health Fund Grant of $9,785 for her project titled, "GI Pharmacokinetics and Drug-withdrawal Times for Eggs Following Clavamox? In Chickens." Dr. Miranda Sadar of the University of Saskatchewan was awarded the AAV Wild Bird Health Fund Grant of $5,000 for her project titled, "Pharmacokinetics of Ceftiofur Crystalline-free Acid in Bald Eagles."

 

Since 1982, the AAV has provided over $560,000 in avian research funding. This year, the association expanded its annual research funding to include two grant categories, allowing for more diversity and greater funding opportunities. These categories include:

 

AAV Companion Bird Health Fund
For projects addressing clinical aspects of companion bird health - areas of interest include
but not limited to diagnostic testing, disease treatment, drug pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and practice management. Grants are limited to $10,000.00 US for individual projects.

 

AAV Wild Bird Health Fund
Projects of interest include but are not limited to epidemiology of disease in wild populations, ecotoxicology, diagnostic testing and treatment of wild birds, and conservation medicine.
 Grants are limited to $5,000.00 US for individual projects.

 

"By funding clinically relevant research studies, the AAV Health Grants have improved the health and welfare of our avian patients. Research results from 77 funded scientific studies have advanced clinical practice by providing much needed scientific data in areas such as nutrition, pain medication, radiography, pharmacology, virology, wound repair and many other areas," states AAV Executive Director Dr. Robert Groskin. He also stated, "The AAV grants are one of the few funding sources for clinical avian research. Donations to the Companion Animal and Wild Bird Health come from the membership, clients and supporters of the AAV." 

                 

A complete list of past grant recipients is posted on the AAV website: http://www.aav.org/researchawards

 

The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please call Robert Groskin, DVM, at 720-458-4111 ext. 1, or email rgroskin@aav.org.


 
 
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