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Committee Co-chairs:


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


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

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


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

The AAV International Committee strives to promote and support AAV membership on an international level, with an extra emphasis on those coming from developing nations.

In 2013, the following charges and goals for the AAV International Committee were set:

  1. To communicate international needs to the AAV Board
  2. To develop and improve the role of country representatives, especially in developing countries, and especially with respect to growing AAV membership
  3. To collect and collate country reports each year
  4. To investigate issues relating to AAV membership in different countries and to recommend potential solutions to the Board
  5. Potentially to develop and organize AAV sponsored meetings in new regions
  6. Provide a route whereby international members can bring avian “political” matters to the notice of the AAV, obtain advice and use this to put AAV’s view to their Government - i.e. to use AAV as a resource in non-US matters rather than a direct presence
  7. To improve the international standards of veterinary care for avian species

In trying to achieve these goals, the International Committee works closely together with several other committees, such as the Education Committee and Membership Committee. The International Committee is furthermore responsible for selecting the recipient(s) of the AAV Conference Scholarship. 

Interested in getting involved? Contact the committee chairs at



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