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Among AAV's most distinguished awards is the Lifetime Membership Award. This award, presented at the discretion of the Executive Board, honors our colleagues and mentors that have made dynamic contributions to the field of avian medicine.


2016 Award Recipients:

redig image    Patrick Redig, DVM, PhD - Founder of UMN Raptor Center, St. Paul, MN

Dr. Redig, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Founder and Director Emeritus of The Raptor Center at the University. Dr. Redig earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota and PhD in physiology at the University of Minnesota.


Since the 1970s, Dr. Redig has contributed to the growing field of avian medicine through innovation in a host of bird-related concerns including husbandry, anesthesia, radiology, orthopedic surgery, endoscopy as well as our understanding of key infectious diseases, especially Aspergillosis. 


He has developed and disseminated well-proven methodologies in the medical and surgical management of raptors. Dr. Redig served as the head clinician/surgeon at The Raptor Center from 1974 to 2010. Since 2010, he serves as Clinical Consultant to The Raptor Center.


Dr. Redig’s honors to date are many and varied. He has been an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians for many decades, most recently serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and acting as AAV's Liaison to the AVMA Committee on Environmental Issues.


  Robert E. Schmidt, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP - Avian Pathologist

Dr. Schmidt received his veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. He earned his MS in Veterinary Pathology at Michigan State University and his PhD in Veterinary Pathology from Oklahoma State University. He achieved board certification as a veterinary pathologist in 1968.


Bob, as he is respectfully known, has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. His consulting activities include many labs, zoos, and hundreds of private practices.


Bob has mentored students, residents, and prepared many veterinarians for board certification. He is one of the founding members of AAV, and was instrumental in the development of the ABVP specialty for avian species.


His publication list is extensive and includes the first book published on zoo animal pathology as well as the definitive work on pet birds titled ‘Pathology of Cage and Aviary Birds.’


Previous Award Recipients:

  • S. B. Hitchner, VMD - Avian Pathologist
  • Magaret Petrak, DVM - Founder AAV, Author, Practitioner
  • James Doyle, MD - Vascular Surgeon
  • Julian Baumel, PhD - Avian Anatomist
  • Arnold S. "Rosy" Rosenwald, DVM, MS, PhD - Avian Pathologist
  • Robert Altman, DVM, DAVP(Avian) - Founder AAV, Practitioner, Mentor, Author


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