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Committee Co-chairs:


Nico J. Schoemaker, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECZM (Small Mammal & Avian), Dipl ABVP-Avian

Utrecht, Netherlands


Isabelle Langlois, DMV, Dipl ABVP (Avian practice)

Quebec, Canada


Committee Members:

Elisabeth Blom, DVM

Oslo, Norway 




UQ Veterinary Medical Centre, School of Veterinary Science

The University of Queensland, Australia 



James M. Harris, OAM, BS, DVM, FRSPH 

Mayfair Veterinary Clinic 

Tasmania, Australia 



Deborah Monks

Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service

Queensland, Australia


Andres Montesinos, DVM, MS

Centro Veterinario Los Sauces Madrid, Spain




Jorge Rivero

Lima, Peru


Jaime Samour

Abu Dhabi,

United Arab Emirates


Brian Speer

Medical Center for Birds
Oakley, California
United States


Shiwani Tandel

Mumbai, India



Yvonne van Zeeland, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ECZM


Get to know the AAV International Committee members by clicking on their name or following this link.

Meet the members of the AAV-International Committee

The AAV international committee (AAV-IC) has members in the USA (Brian Speer), Canada (Isabelle Langlois), South America (Jorge Rivero), Europe (Elisabeth Blom, Andres Montesinos, Nico Schoemaker, Yvonne van Zeeland), UAE (Jaime Samour), India (Shiwani Tandel) and Australia (Bob Doneley, James M. Harris, Deborah Monks). Each member has provided a short introduction of themselves - click here to get to know the committee. The AAV membership committee has 2 liaisons (Isabelle Langois, Christal Pollock) of which at least one attends the online meetings held by the AAV-IC, and they have been proven to be of indispensable value in the collaboration between both committees.


The current co-chairs of the AAV-IC are Nico Schoemaker and Isabelle Langlois. Nico was trained and works at Utrecht University where he devotes his time to research, teaching and patient care. He is also actively involved in post-graduate training of veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the Netherlands and abroad, and contribute to the international development and advancement of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine through lectures, publications and membership of various professional organizations and committees, among which the AAV-IC.  


Isabelle graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in 1997. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed studies, book chapters and currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. She is currently a clinical instructor and service chief of the Exotic animal clinic of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vétérinaire (CHUV) of the Université de Montréal. She teaches veterinary students in avian/exotic animal medicine and is responsible for the internship program in Zoological medicine.


Get to know more about the AAV-IC Committee Members by clicking here.

What does the AAV-IC do?

As the AAV International Committee (AAV-IC), we strive to maximize member benefits for our international members. We (aim to) do this by investigating issues relating to the AAV membership in different countries, and communicate and recommend potential solutions to the AAV Board. In particular the support of veterinarians from developing nations receives special attention. To optimize membership benefits, we work closely together with other committees such as the membership and education committee. In past years, for example, the AAV-IC and the AAV-membership committee have looked at options to reduce membership fees for veterinarians from developing countries. The proposal that was put forward by the two committees was unanimously accepted by the AAV board, which has significantly reduced membership costs for those from developing nations while still enabling them to enjoy important membership benefits such as access to the membership area of the AAV website and complementary subscription to the E-journal of the AAV.


The AAV-IC has also worked closely together with the Education Committee in the initiation of the Educational Portal, a portal in which various modules are freely available to all AAV members, including those from developing nations. If you have not taken a look at this portal, we certainly encourage you to do so, as several new modules are placed on there on a regular basis!


Aside from the aforementioned activities, the AAV-IC also plays an important role in selecting an AAV conference scholarship applicant, which is then put forward to the AAV board for final approval. This scholarship enables an avian veterinarian in financial need (not necessarily from a developing nation) to receive financial support for travel and accommodation so that he/she can attend the yearly AAV conference as well as participate in one of the offered wetlabs.

What is the AAV-IC planning for the future?

The AAV-IC, together with the membership committee, has made the first steps in re-establishing representatives which may function as the eyes and ears of the AAV worldwide. These country and regional representatives are vital for collecting and collating as much information as possible regarding the status of avian medicine within their country or region. To make this into a success, YOUR HELP is greatly needed! Please contact the international membership committee ( if you are interested in becoming a representative for your country or region.


The AAV-IC also strives to advance avian medicine in developing nations by (co)sponsoring AAV members to speak at conferences that are held in developing nations. As part of this program, which was only initiated last year, Dr. Brian Speer (DVM, Dipl AVBP-Avian, Dip ECZM) was able to lecture during the ALVEFAS conference in Colombia on avian medicine, and promote the AAV after having received a travel grant from the AAV. In future, the AAV-IC aims to actively search and select suitable conferences that may benefit from an AAV-sponsored speaker. If you are aware of any such conference, please contact the international committee at and let us know why you feel that AAV should sponsor a speaker at that conference and what the conference has to offer that will be beneficial to the membership of the AAV.

All help and feedback is welcome

Any committee is dependent on the activity of its members. If you’d like to become actively involved in achieving the goals of the AAV-IC, please feel free to contact the committee at and let us know how you would like to get involved!


As many of the AAV-IC members will be at the upcoming AAV conference in Washington DC, you may naturally also walk up to any of the AAV-IC members with questions and/or proposals on how this committee may help. We look forward to meeting you in person in Washington and learning how we can help you in advancing avian medicine on a personal and international level. 


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