what is an Avian Veterinarian

What is an Avian Veterinarian?

Avian veterinarians are small animal practitioners that have special interest and have advanced training in veterinary care of birds.

Avian veterinarians are registered with the veterinary boards and  diagnose and treat veterinary conditions found in many species of birds.  From a hysterectomy in a 14 gram finch, to a sinus infection in a 20 kg Turkey.

The typical routine for an avian vet (in companion bird practice) includes performing physical examinations, diagnosing pet bird illnesses, drawing blood and interpreting the results, prescribing medications, giving dietary advice, treating fractures, performing surgeries, and completing follow-up​ exams.

It is common for avian veterinarians to work a five to six day week with additional “on call” emergency hours always a possibility. There is also a large welfare component for an avian veterinarian – as avian wildlife is presented to us on a daily basis.


All avian veterinarians must graduate with a degree in Veterinary Science which is achieved after a comprehensive course of study on both small and large animal species.