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September 2020: Andrea Villa

Posted By Administration, Sunday, September 6, 2020

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What was the first bird job you ever had?

I started "work" with birds since I was a child, following a very big parrots' breeding center in the north of Italy, from that I had many experiences with different species in particular with parrots, and birds of prey.

Most memorable AAV experience or contribution

Unfortunately I did not have any experience till now because of geographic distance from the events, but in future I would really like to start to participate.

What is your favorite avian species and why?

This is a difficult question, I love in particular goshawk among birds of prey, and Kea among parrots.

What was the last interesting avian medical or surgical issue you dealt with in your work?

I work a lot using endoscopic techniques, in particular coelomic endoscopy surgery.

Best benefits of AAV membership?

Having the possibility to consult a very high quality material, especially the journal and the educational portal.

If you had not chosen your present career, what would you be doing?

I would probably do this job, but I am also considering working, as I am already doing, for some NGO which are involving into animal welfare and conservation.

What was your favorite class or activity in vet school/vet tech school/college?

Unfortunately in my university we do not have the possibility to work with unconventional animals, like birds, but I consider myself really lucky because I had the possibility to work for three year with Prof. Lorenzo Crosta.  

Describe an anecdote that would be of interest to your colleagues

Please pay attention using electrosurgery endoscopy, I tried one time with pigeons in which we are testing a neutering methods but it was not a so good idea ,unless you like smoked pigeons. :-)

Do you have a favorite tip or trick for clinical avian practice that you can share with AAV members?

Birds are fantastic patients, don't be scared to approach them, and use every diagnostic methods that you would use with other animals! and remember "birds are made for endoscopy!"

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