Avian Veterinarians are veterinarians who specialize in treating birds. A bird’s anatomy and physiology is distinctly different than that of cats and dogs, thus requiring years of training beyond the doctoral level. Of the 28 veterinary medicine schools in the United States, only a fraction offer courses and degrees in Avian Sciences. Avian Veterinarians should be Board certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and a member of the American College of Veterinarian Pathologists.
Veterinarians’ seeking specialization in Avian Medicine will find themselves working in a general veterinary practice assisting companions animals. Others may work with zoological societies. Many Avian Veterinarians’ specialize in poultry safety, working alongside the USDA. A significant number of Avian Specialists find themselves continuing the research of their predecessors in understanding Avian influenza and microbiological diseases.