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Finding the Right Veterinarian for Your Pet Bird
Peter Lopatin for WebVet
Finding a veterinarian who's the right fit for your bird can be a challenge. Experience, education, and the intangible -- but critical -- element of trust all affect your decision. Fortunately, most communities have a number of veterinary practices that you can choose from.
However, it's one thing to find the right vet for your dog or cat; it's quite another to find one for your parrot, cockatiel, or lovebird. Avian anatomy and physiology are quite different from that of the cat and dog and, consequently, they suffer from a completely different variety of illnesses.
Not all vets are bird vets
Every veterinary student spends years studying the treatment of canine and feline illnesses. But avian medicine is not a required subject of study at most veterinary schools and many vets have limited experience treating birds. Typically, avian medicine is an elective subject taken only by those students with a particular interest in it.
However, there are veterinarians whose practices include avian medicine and who have special training and expertise in the field. The problem is finding them.
So, what is a bird owner to do?
Laurie Hess , DVM, a board-certified avian specialist practicing in a suburb of New York City, suggests that bird owners take advantage of two important sources of avian specialist information.
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