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  • Glyphosate proposed interim registration review
  • ?Public comment period ends July 5th, 2019


HR 2245 ??Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies?? or the ??CECIL Act??

CECIL is not an acronym, this act was proposed after Cecil (an endangered subspecies of lion) was killed. The bill would:

  • Amend the Endangered Species Act to treat species proposed to be listed as threatened or endangered as though they have already been listed for the purposes of trophy hunting import licensing, thereby prohibiting un-permitted take or trade of species proposed to be listed. Strengthening the ESA in this way would prevent the rush to take animal trophies before a listing is finalized, such as the one that happened when polar bears were proposed to be listed as threatened in 2008.?
  • ?Requires that any wildlife imports to the U.S. enhance the conservation of the species. The killing of Cecil the Lion and the Trump administration?s suspension of a ban on elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Tanzania have raised serious concerns about the accountability and effectiveness of trophy hunting programs that claim to have conservation benefits.
  • Directs the Government Accountability Office to determine whether there is any evidence that trophy hunting in foreign countries contributes to wildlife conservation, and recommend reforms for the industry.
  • Terminates the International Wildlife Conservation Council, a Trump administration-created forum for the promotion of international trophy hunting.?

Odds of passage: Two previous versions introduced by Rep. Grijalva?in 2015?and 2018?both failed to receive a vote. The current version has so far attracted fewer co-sponsors than previous versions.


Senate Resolution 257

Designating June 20, 2019, as ??American Eagle Day?? and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.


Biodiversity/Ecosystem Global Assessment Report

Submitted by the Water, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee (Chairman Jared Huffman, D-Calif.) of the House Natural Resources Committee. Findings summarized as follows:

  • 1 in 8 species on Earth - up to 1 million species - are facing extinction.
  • That loss is driven by the fact that we have altered over 75% of terrestrial environments and 66% of marine environments.
  • Populations of native species have declined by over 20% on average, some much higher. The area of coral reefs has declined by 50%.
  • Half a trillion dollars of crops are at risk from pollinator loss.
  • Half of the Sustainable Development Goal metrics are declining.


Federal Register /Vol. 84, No. 122 /Tuesday, June 25, 2019 / Proposed Rules

Propose to amend the depredation order that allows take of resident Canada geese at agricultural facilities by authorized personnel between May 1 and August 31. USFWS feels that this time period is too restrictive in portions of the Atlantic Flyway where specific crops are now being planted and depredated prior to May 1. They want to push the beginning of the allowed date of takes back to April 1.

  • Canada goose populations are currently increasing
  • Comments on this proposed rule must be received by August 26, 2019.


HR 2685 Reauthorization of the Wild Bird Conservation Act

Would amend the act to authorize funding appropriations from 2020-2025.


Legislative Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:01:51 GMT
ExoticsCon 2019: Avian Hands-on Workshop (Lab) Preview


ExoticsCon registration is open as of July 1 and we know you won't want to miss the opportunity to register for several excellent avian hands-on workshops (labs) that will be offered this year. We are anticipating record attendance and labs sell out quickly, so start planning now and register early. Watch for additional avian lab previews in our monthly newsletters and on our social media sites. Be sure your AAV membership is current for deeply discounted main conference registration rates. 


Low-Stress Avian Handling Techniques: Creating the Low-Stress Avian Vet

Presenter: Melody Hennigh RVT, KPA CTP

Lab description:

Make medical treatment fun for your patients and easy to complete for your clients, all while improving client retention. Low-Stress Avian Handling Techniques: Creating the Low-Stress Avian Vet," is coming back to ExoticsCon 2019! Our goals include low-stress handling and toweling techniques, and problem solving in the exam room. Learn the benefits of your parrot patients cooperating in their own medical care, including oral and topical medication training, minimally intrusive physical examinations, and the power of desensitization and counter conditioning. Participants will be broken into small groups and will work closely with experienced parrots and coaches, allowing for hands on interactions, discussions and demonstrations. Ask about lab #2823 for more information! Register at:


Tips and Tricks in Avian Medicine

Presenters: Jennifer Graham, DVM, Dipl. ABVP--Avian, ECM, Dipl. ACZM; Anneliese Strunk, DVM, Dipl. ABVP--Avian; Anna Osofsky, DVM, Dipl. ABVP--Avian

Lab description:
During this 4 hour lab, participants will have the opportunity to practice numerous clinical skills from basic to more advanced. In addition to reviewing the clinical skills, instructors will teach participants how to apply many of the "tips and tricks" they have learned over their combined decades in practice as avian specialists. Examples of skills to be covered include: bandaging techniques, nasal flush, tracheal wash, intraosseous catheter placement, air sac cannula, vent sutures and many more. Examples of "Tips and Tricks" to be covered include: the new "skinny" wing trim, use of the bird board for radiographs, use of disposable heat cautery pens for nail trims, and how to make and place a sock sweater.

Avian Endoscopy & Visceral Biopsy: The Key to a Definitive Diagnosis!

Presenters: Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DECZM(Herp), DECZM(ZHM), DACZM, FRCVS and Scott Stahl, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Lab description:

Frustrated with a lack of diagnosis? Disappointed with your treatment outcomes? Fed-up with merely identifying disease to an organ rather than a histologic and etiologic level?


Come and learn how to make a definitive diagnosis in the live avian patient through endoscopic evaluation and visceral biopsy. Following a heavily illustrated lecture, participants will have the opportunity to undertake coelioscopy, tracheoscopy, gastroscopy, and cloacoscopy in anesthetized (non-recovery) pigeons using state-of-the-art 2.7mm Karl Storz systems. Biopsy techniques will also be covered including liver, kidney, lung/airsac, and spleen. Take your avian medicine to a specialist level and come learn endoscopy with Steve (rigid-scope) Divers and Scott (baby-face) Stahl!

Surgery of the Respiratory System, Gastrointestinal System & Reproductive Tract


Presenters: Brian Speer, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), Dipl ECZM and Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Lab description:

Back by popular demand, this all-day laboratory is designed to provide participants with a full-immersion experience in soft tissue surgery of birds, starting with larger species and moving to smaller species as your skillsets are honed. This laboratory will employ magnification and microsurgical instrumentation, in order to best-familiarize attendees with the benefits of microsurgical and magnified surgical procedures. Surgery of the upper and lower respiratory tracts, including sinusotomy, tracheotomy, resection and anastamosis, and thoracotomy will be performed. Celiotomy will be performed and surgical procedures of the reproductive tract and the gastrointestinal tract performed. Example reproductive tract procedures will include orchidectomy, vasectomy, salpingohysterectomy, partial ovariectomy, and cloacotomy. Example procedures of the gastrointestinal tract will include ingluviotomy, proventriculotomy, ventriculotomy, enterotomy, and intestinal resection and anastamosis. In addition, diagnostic biopsy procedures will be performed on several coelomic structures.
Participants will benefit from a one-time negotiated low cost option to purchase three microsurgical instruments as an add-on cost and savings: Ring-tip forceps, Microsurgical scissors, and Microsurgical needle drivers at a substantial saving over list-price. For a cost of $326.00 (list price $2542.00), attendees will be able to take home these instruments, and use them as soon as you get home to your practices!


Avian Ultrasound


Presenters: Maria Evola, DVM, MPH, DACVR 

Lab description:

During this 4-hour Avian Ultrasound Lab, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups (groups of 3 participants per machine are planned) to receive hands-on experience and instruction using provided ultrasound machines. Participants will practice ultrasound on live, sedated or anesthetized birds including domestic chickens and pigeons. There will be a basic overview of the ultrasound machines and tips for altering settings and image optimization will be covered but most of the lab will focus on hands-on ?probe-time.? Participants will be able to practice procedures including coelomocentesis and fine needle aspirates.


Registration Opens July 1st

Preliminary Program, Pricing, and Hotel Info is currently available at

Conference Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:00:00 GMT
International Practice Showcase: Brisbane Bird & Exotics Veterinary Service
Greenslopes, Queensland, Australia
 Situated in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, this practice was established in October 2006.  Seeing exclusively avian and exotic patients, it has grown from a sole veterinarian practice to an endeavor with five veterinarians and seven full-time veterinary nurses. Birds make up 55% of the caseload at Brisbane Bird & Exotics, with chickens being 13% of the total patients seen.  
?My favourite two pieces of equipment are our ventilator and our inspired anaesthetic gas heater?, says head veterinarian, Deborah MonksBVSc (Hons) CertZooMed, FACVSc (Avian Health) DECZM. ?I couldn?t do long procedures without them!? 

Get to Know AAV International Member, Dr. Deborah Monks

dr monksAfter graduating from the University of Queensland, Deborah started her journey in avian and exotic animal medicine. In the following years, she worked in a variety of practices (general, emergency, 50% avian/50% small animal practice), before finally moving to the United Kingdom to start an avian residency. While in England, she obtained her Certificate of Zoological Medicine (CertZooMed). This qualification encompasses zoo animals, birds and exotic pets and wildlife. Deborah received this qualification in 2004. Her case book was of such a high standard that the Royal College of Veterinary Surgery in London requested a copy for their library. There are only 3 people in Australia with this qualification.

DipECZM (Avian) signifies that Deborah is a Diplomate (Specialist) of the European College of Zoological Medicine and Surgery, in the Avian Section, which is the European organisation responsible for training and assessing veterinarians who wish to become avian specialists. Deborah was given Diplomate status in 2006 and is the only Australian veterinarian with this qualification having undertaken the necessary training and study required between 2003 and 2006.

In addition to her Zoological Medicine Certificate and European Diplomate qualification Deborah achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in 1999 (MACVSc [Avian Health]) and improved on this initial qualification by achieving her Fellowship (Specialist) status in July 2006 (FACVSc [Avian Health]). Although there are now a number of Members of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health, Deborah is only the fifth person to have attained Fellowship level and is one of only two in Queensland, the other being Dr Bob Doneley who practices at the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital at Gatton.


Images from Brisbane Bird & Exotics Veterinary Service


International Thu, 6 Jun 2019 02:17:21 GMT
May 2019 Legislative Update HR 919 - Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2019

January 30, 2019

?      Bill was introduced on January 30th but hasn?t gone further yet

?      ?A bill to amend title 40? to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings?

?      Any public building that is built or when more than 50% of facade is substantially altered must meet bird safe requirements

?      ?At least 90% of exposed facade from ground level to 40 feet - shall not be composed of glass or? bird safe glass or protection such as netting or screens

?      ?At least 60% of exposed faced material above 4- feet shall meet the above? bird safe requirements

-      No transparent passageways

-      Glass adjacent to atria or courtyards must be bird safe

-      Outside lighting shielded

FR 5-year Status Reviews for 36 Southeastern Species

?      The following bird species are undergoing a 5 year review under the Endangered Species Act

?      Cape-sable seaside sparrow - Roxanna Hinzman

?      Audubon?s crested Caracara - Roxanna Hinzman

?      Everglade snail kite - Roxanna Hinzman

?      Soliciting the most recent information about the species since the last review

?      Comment period ends June 10, 2019

?      Contact the person associated with the species (table in document) to give information

CQ News

March 15, 2019

Trump Administration Finalizes Sage Grouse Protection Changes

?      Change in Western states that allows for more economic development in sage grouse habitat

?      Obama plan was more restrictive on development, bird was not put on endangered species list to decrease restrictions associated with that delegation

?      ?According to the National Wildlife Federation, the new plan would lift protections on more than 8 million acres of sage grouse areas and include provisions to grant waivers and exceptions for oil and gas drilling.?

HR 1305 Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act

February 15, 2019

?      This act was introduced and is effective 180 days after the date of enactment

?      Title 1 - Conservation Measures

?      ?Re-establish covered albatrosses and petrels within the range?

?      Allows for the prevention of introduction, control, management or eradication of non-native species threatening the birds

?      ?... conserve, protect and restore breeding sites?

?      Ability to implement management plans to conserve species, including human behavior such as marine debris, accidental take, bycatch in fishing industry and animal disturbance

?      Title II - Prohibited acts, permits and exemptions

?      Accidental bycatch in lawful fishing is not unlawful

?      Title III - Penalties and Enforcement

?      Title IV - Agreement Authority

?      Title V - International Cooperation and Assistance

?      Title VI - Bycatch and Equivalent Conservation

?      Albatross and petrel conservation act added to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 USC 1826(e))

S 310 Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Committee Report

Report 116-9

March 14, 2019

?      ?Neotropical migratory birds are bird species that breed in North America and winter in the tropics? The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) provides grants to support conservation of migratory bird populations and fosters international cooperation for initiatives that will maintain healthy bird populations.?

?      Funding plan to continue this government grant funding to support neotropical birds

 S310 Reported to Senate

A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act

?Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act?

February 5, 2019

?      $6,500,000 budget 2019-2023 - 75% or more used for projects outside the US

?      House bill says 2020-2025

50 CFR Part 20

Migratory Bird Hunting - Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

?      USFWS Establishing 2019-2020 hunting regulations for migratory game birds

?      Proposed amendment to title 50 of Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 20 (83 FR 27836) - ?establishment of seasons, limits and other regulations for hunting migratory game birds?

?      Comments may be submitted regarding the policies by May 17 2019

?      Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWSHQ-MB-2018-0030

HR 864 - Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2019

January 30, 2019

?      Purposes of act

?      ?... to develop a plan of action to implement authorities under existing law to reward whistleblowers who furnish information that leads to an arrest, criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property for any wildlife trafficking violation?

?      To ament great ape and marine turtle conservation act

?      To direct any fines or penalities to other conservation or wildlife trafficking acts or to support wildlife conservation

?      Birds mentioned as the species component - ?a species component that shall consist of administration of the programs authorized under? neotropical migratory bird conservation act, wild bird conservation act of 1992

HR 1337 Saving America?s Pollinators Act

February 25, 2019

?      Focused on pollinators

?      Importance of pollinators and potential negative effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators

?      Establish a pollinator protection board ?to assist in the development of an independent review process for pesticides that pose a threat to pollinators and pollinator habitat?

?      Birds are mentioned in the background information regarding literature on potential threats to birds

?      ?(10) Science has demonstrated that a single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid is toxic enough to kill a songbird. Peer-reviewed research from the Netherlands has shown that the most severe bird population declines occurred in those areas where neonicotinoid pollution was highest. Starlings, tree sparrows, and swallows were among the most affected.?

 Proposition to establish a non-essential experimental population of California Condors in the Pacific Northwest to reintroduce to region - comment period

?      http:// In the Search box, enter Docket No. FWS?R1?ES?2018?0033

Legislative Thu, 16 May 2019 19:28:00 GMT
Caring for Ducks



Before you decide to purchase adorable baby ducklings for Easter gifts this year, please take time to educate yourself about the commitment you are making to caring for a pet duck. The average duck lifespan is 8-12 years which should be considered along with other factors before adding a duck to one's family. 

AAV has prepared a new handout that discusses the importance of a quality diet, clean environment, and protection from predators, along with many other important points to consider. View the printable at the link below.

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General Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:04:29 GMT
In Remembrance - Marla Lichtenberger Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, Dipl ACVECC passed away surrounded by friends and family in her home in Wisconsin on April 4, 2019. Those of us who knew Marla were touched by her teaching and will miss her greatly. She inspired those of us in exotic animal medicine to improve our knowledge and skills in saving their lives. Marla brought her knowledge in emergency and critical care medicine in dogs and cats and developed it further for birds and exotic animals. We were introduced to her through her studies that she presented at AAV on fluid types for resuscitation on ducks in 2009 and the world of exotics has never been the same.

But most of us did not know that she had been interested in Exotics for a long time. At the age of 22, her parents put her on an airplane for her first time and sent her halfway around the world to study veterinary medicine at Punjab Agricultural University! As she would often say and appropriate here, ?Can you believe it?? While there, she suffered with malaria and dysentery, but Marla?s tenacity earned her a veterinary degree in 1985. The animals that she saw as a student in vet school included water buffaloes, dogs and cats, elephants, camels and an odd mix of exotic animals.

From India, she then returned to do an internship at the AMC, with a residency in Milwaukee with Rebecca Kirby in emergency medicine and critical care. Marla wanted to do it all ? from dogs and cats to exotics ? so emergency medicine fit that interest. She went on to establish her own emergency hospital ? Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals where exotics were a big part of her practice.

Susan Orosz, PhD, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian), Dipl ECZM (Avian): Marla was a terrific lecturer that I had the great opportunity to work with at many conferences in the USA and in Europe. She got your attention and kept it from beginning to end. She was clear and made sure all could understand and most importantly use the concepts presented to make animals live. That was her goal. Our last lecture in Atlanta at ExoticsCon was filled to the brim and she said?. ?Well, Orosz, we had them rolling in the aisles! Let?s do it again?? in London??? Doing that lecture won?t be the same without her. There will be no more deep stare into the eyes of each member of the audience and a quick turn?. With ?Oh??MY?..GOD!? And then the answer with great clarity. We will miss her but her knowledge that she imparted will continue to make us better clinicians. Thank you, Marla!

Suzanne Topor, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian): I had the privilege of working with Marla as lab coordinator for AAV for several years. She always taught the emergency/critical care labs and if there are three words that I could choose to describe her they would be: educator, energetic, and generous. Marla was the consummate educator, always wanting the lab participants to really understand the procedures and jumping from table to table to help people out. Who can forget that wonderful gravelly voice as she lectured to us while walking up and down the center aisle waving her arms! Her energy was contagious and so very entertaining. She really knew her stuff and explained it eloquently, but was sure to also give us the dosages! She was so easy to work with in the labs, and like any good emergency clinician, could roll with it if things didn?t go as planned or needed to be rearranged. Walking into her lab room sometimes felt like entering the Starship Enterprise and working for the beloved Captain Kirk. You just wanted to be around her and do stuff for her and with her. I remember the year that our AAV Conference was in Milwaukee and Marla also served as my local contact. She had recently opened her new emergency practice there and didn?t hesitate to offer her help. She allowed me to ship supplies to her practice for the labs and borrow any needed last minute items, including a couple extra anesthetic machines. The staff there graciously helped me load the van to bring everything over to the hotel. Her commitment to our profession and our organization was extraordinary. Marla, you are a shining star and inspiration to all of us! We will miss you so very much!

General Tue, 16 Apr 2019 23:31:29 GMT
March/April Legislative Update H.R. 1337 ? Saving America?s Pollinators Act of 2019


Neonicotinoid pesticides in use for current United States agriculture practices have devastating effects on native pollinators and songbirds. A bill introduced into the House on February 25th would set up a ?Pollinator Protection Board? that would independently review pesticides registered by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The board would have the authority to revoke registration and prohibit sale of pesticides that are demonstrated to be harmful to pollinators and their habitats.  In addition, the Act would require the EPA to cancel the registrations of any pesticide containing neonicotinoids until enough evidence has been collected to determine them safe.


Alerts on this legislation can be found at


The USDA has approved a pilot study on Kaua?i that will assess non-lethal harassment of Hawaiian geese on a resort adjacent to the Lihue airport.


The resort grounds were a popular nesting location for the endangered geese, and from 2014-2016 over 600 individual geese were relocated from the resort to the islands of Maui and Hawaii to mitigate dangers to aviation.


Wildlife Services (a division of USDA/APHIS) conducted an Environmental Assessment of a pilot project to use non-lethal methods to deter the geese from returning to their nesting sites.  The proposed method primarily utilizes herding dogs to perform controlled stalking, as well as vehicular and on-foot harassment when dogs cannot be used.  The pilot study will be performed through June of 2020.


More information can be obtained at:


Legislative Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:13:12 GMT
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) Added to the Endangered Species List

By: Dr. Susan Clubb, AAV Legislative Committee Co-chair

On Feb 26, 2019, The US Fish and Wildlife Service published their final rule regarding listing Scarlet macaws on the US Endangered Species list.? This is an unusual listing in that the Central American Sub-species Ara macao cyanoptera is being listed as endangered while the southern subspecies Ara macao macao is being listed as threatened with the 4 (d) rule.

Since A.m. cyanoptera is listed as endangered, the major factor affecting captive birds in the US is to restrict interstate commerce in the species unless permits are secured for both the buyer and the seller.? With A.m.macao the threatened listing carriers fewer restrictions, and the 4(d) rule allows interstate commerce.

The service clarified that ownership of a listed species is not prohibited by the act (Federal law), but they have no discretion over regulations in certain states which may restrict ownership of listed species or require permitting.? Some restrictions may not apply if ownership can be documented prior to the date of listing.? For clients who own A.m. cyanoptera, documentation of ownership by a veterinarian could be important if the owner would like to document pre-listing ownership. This would require identification by leg band or microchip. They did state that those wishing to engage in interstate commerce could apply for Captive Bred Wildife Registration (CBW), however the criteria for obtaining these registrations are becoming more extensive.

A.m.cyanoptera is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Isla Coiba in Panama.? The nominate subspecies, A,m.macao is widespread in South America, actually having the largest range of any macaw, and the population is stable in most areas, however this subspecies as well as hybrids of the 2 subspecies are being listed because of similarity in appearance.

They are differentiating the subspecies by a broader yellow band and little green on the dorsal wing coverts and a larger wing in Cyanoptera.? They acknowledge that with some individuals genetic analysis would be required to differentiate the subspecies.

The 130 page report contained extensive data to support the listing.? A proposed rule had been published in 2016 and comments received for and against were detailed and responded to by the service. The total population of scarlet macaws in Mesoamerica is estimated to be approximately 5000 birds. The greatest threats to the species are habitat destruction, conversion of habitat to agriculture, and capture for internal trade within the region.

They acknowledged numerous reintroduction programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and recognized that these programs are contributing to population increases in many areas.

For more information visit:?



General Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:55:24 GMT
AAV Committee 2019 New Year's Resolutions


Your AAV Committees have big plans for 2019! Take a look at our "New Year's Resolutions" listed by committee below to get a glimpse of what you can look forward to this year as an AAV member. All of our committees welcome additional member involvement and ideas. Contact Now >> 


Avian Welfare

The Avian Welfare Committee has big plans for 2019!  A few of our current projects include:

  • Planning and developing a welfare session at upcoming conferences.
  • Create education materials for rescues and shelters that are not familiar with birds. Topics will include: proper husbandry, medical needs, quarantine, and other relevant topics.
  • Develop education materials for pet stores/feed stores to inform owners about the care requirements for ducks and chicks.
  • Update and create new handouts on important welfare topics such as a new wing trim technique.

Our goal is to promote Avian Welfare in all forms through education, awareness, and outreach. The Avian Welfare Committee is open to all AAV members interested in improving the welfare of birds and provides a forum for members to discuss welfare issues related to pet birds, bird sanctuaries/shelters, industry, and poultry. We?re always open to suggestions and ideas of any welfare related topics that should have some attention. We?d love to hear from anyone interested in speaking on topics about Welfare at future conferences!


What does the Aviculture Committee have in store for 2019?

  • Establish relationships with outside organizations that have a vested interest in aviculture and animal health, such as American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) and Avicultural Society of America (ASA).
  • The start of a newsletter tidbit fact called, ?Amazing Aspects of Aviculture.?
  • Plans for integrating an aviculture course in this year?s ExoticsCon conference and more courses at future conferences.
  • Establishing a research fund for Aviculture related topics.
  • Increase committee member participation in preparation for Aviculture research grant.


The Conservation Committee resolves to:

  • Continue to produce monthly conservation notes for the AAV newsletter.
  • Establish quarterly updates for conservation committee members.
  • Continue to increase member participation in the Wild Bird Health Grant.
  • Complete white paper and policy statement on the risks of climate change to birds.

What does the Education Committee have in store for you for 2019?

  • A new edition of the Golden Egg to follow the success of our Backyard Poultry edition. You can now vote to help decide on the newest Golden Egg topic! Vote here>> 
  • All new client handouts on "Managing Chronic Egg Laying" and "Captive Foraging for Companion Birds"
  • Translations of our avian care handouts that are available to the public into other languages. 
  • More content to the Education Portal such as "How To" videos and lectures from our annual conference. 

We intend to keep you posted on any new information we have to share through our social media and quarterly newsletters so make sure to check those out! Moreover, we are always interested to hear from YOU about what information you would find helpful to have for your clients' or your own education. If you have special requests or handouts to donate, please let us know!


Traditionally the first resolution that anyone makes (and breaks) is to lose/reduce weight. As a finance committee we resolve to do just the opposite. We are going to continue to strive to bloat/gain/expand. We are working on a more balanced and thoughtful approach to investing and growing our assets with the long-term goal of financial stability and sustainability. The finance committee looks forward to a bloated and fulfilling 2019.


What does the International Committee have in store for you for 2019?

  • Effectuation of the AAV, EAAV, AAVAC Sponsored Speaker Program that was established with our sister organizations (EAAV & AAVAC), that will provide funding to a conference in a developing nation to invite a renowned veterinarian recognized in the field of avian medicine and surgery to lecture at a conference tailored to educate veterinarians in avian medicine.
  • Selection of the recipient of the AAV Annual Conference Scholarship
  • Translation of the AAV client handouts into at least 5 different languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Chinese). We welcome volunteers to step forward if they would like to translate the handouts into any other language. 

We are always interested to hear from YOU about what is needed from our international membership. If you have any requests or suggestions, please let us know!


What does the Legislative Committee have in store for you for 2019?

  • Expanding our committee is a high priority. There is so much to be done in keeping up with all the changes that are happening here in the US and abroad that may impact avian health and stewardship. We need your help! Please contact us if you would like to serve on this committee.
  • Post monthly updates on legislative issues through social media to help keep our members informed.
  • Work closely with the Conservation and Aviculture Committees to insure we are spreading awareness of relevant issues.

We intend to keep you posted on any new information we have to share through AAV?s social media and quarterly newsletters. We are always interested to hear from YOU about what information you would find helpful in keeping up with today?s rapid developments in legislation that may impact our profession or the health and welfare of birds.


Membership Committee Plans for 2019 include?

  • Outreach to veterinary medical associations, veterinary technical associations, and veterinary schools within driving distance of ExoticsCon 2019 in St. Louis, MO; USA
  • A membership drive for graduating senior students, which will be coordinated with veterinary medical school outreach.
  • A meeting during ChicagoVet 2019 that will give AAV members in the region an opportunity to network and discuss challenging cases. Will you be attending ChicagoVet 2019? Let us know so we can be sure to include you in the invite.
  •  Continued promotion of AAV?s most valuable asset--our members?through the Member Spotlight. We would like to expand Spotlights to include brief videos or photo diaries. Do you have a brief video that highlights your professional activities and experiences?

What does the Research Committee have in store for 2019?

  • In addition to identifying our research award for 2019,
  • We?ll be taking scientific papers from JAMS and discussing how they relate to avian practice, ie. how practitioners can apply the information in practice situations.
  • We will provide the AAV membership with information on results from previous research grants, including updates on research projects and resulting publications.
  • We are working on a special call for grants for the companion bird fund for AAV?s 40th anniversary in 2020, the topic to be determined based on feedback from practitioners on what are the most important problems plaguing avian medicine.
  • We?ll be putting up some great auction items to keep the research fund strong and always welcome AAV members who want to contribute to the committee and provide their feedback on research proposals. 
Social Media
  • Provide new handout for rescue groups to give out when birds are adopted explaining the need for a veterinarian with specialized avian training for the best care of their bird.
  • Continue our recently launched #AAVEnrichmentTip Tuesday and #FeatheredFactFriday posts on AAV's public Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media platforms.
  • Continuing to include content regularly on our social media sites from AAV?s other committees to keep the membership and the public up-to-date with all that these committees are doing.
  • Encourage our membership to follow AAV's public social media sites and share our posts to their clinic pages to further engage our audience and educate bird owners.
  • Share one veterinary video tip quarterly with the membership. Would you be interested in sharing a video tip? We'd love to hear from you ? contact us today!

What does the Student Committee have in store for you for 2019?

  • Selection of the recipient(s) of the AAV Student scholarship
  • Selection of the recipient(s) of the AAV Chapter scholarship
  • Reach out of the AAVAC and EAAV representatives to join our efforts to educate students
  • Develop more Student Chapters in veterinary school outside of the United States to better engage international veterinary students in learning about avian medicine

We are always interested to hear from YOU about what is needed from our student membership. If you have any requests or suggestions, please let us know!


Happy New Year from the technician committee at AAV! We are excited to give you a sneak peek at what we are working on in 2019.

  • Social media posts and content for the bird-loving technician.
  • Content for technicians on AAV's website.
  • Quarterly e-mail articles that include a member spotlight section.

We will keep you in the loop with other exciting things we have in the works so make sure you check your e-mails for those newsletters and check out AAV's Facebook page to stay current on what we have in store for you this year!

General Thu, 17 Jan 2019 02:32:21 GMT
Holiday Greetings from the AAV

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

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.

Legislative Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:07:47 GMT
Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in Clinical Avian Health Grants Contact: Robert Groskin, DVM

AAV Executive Director

Tel: 720-458-4111 x1




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:



Research Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:12:55 GMT
Press Release: AAV Announces $1000 Disaster Relief Donation to Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife Contact: Robert Groskin, DVM

AAV Executive Director

Tel: 720-458-4111 x1





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:


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


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



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

General Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:16:34 GMT
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Conference Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:26:18 GMT
New Backyard Poultry Education Handout Available 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:



General Wed, 23 May 2018 20:09:25 GMT
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Conference Thu, 10 May 2018 16:43:42 GMT
Member Spotlight: Odette Doest and Bob the Flamingo


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. 

General Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:34:05 GMT
International Focus: Avian Hands-On Workshop Held in India 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.


International Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:53:27 GMT
Wild Birds Matter: Stop H.R. 4239 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:

Legislative Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:24:09 GMT
2018 AAV Research Grant Request for Proposals 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 or 720-458-4111 ext. 1. 

Research Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:14:36 GMT
Association of Avian Veterinarians Announces $15,000 in New Clinical Avian Health Grants 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

Download PDF Press Release




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:


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.



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

Research Thu, 2 Nov 2017 20:09:19 GMT