An official publication of the Association of Avian Veterinarians
Note from the Student Co-chairs
Dear AAV Student Members,
It is a tough time of the year with matching program results, NAVLE results for graduating students, winter temperatures for some, and New Years’s resolutions to keep. So, the AAV is devoted to bringing you some good news in March with the announcement of Student Externship Scholarships and the Student Chapter Program Sponsorship. Congratulations to the Student AAV Chapter of the University of Calgary awarded for the organization of the event “General Avian Practice for Fledgling Veterinarians.” We look forward to hearing about this event in the next newsletter.
The Student Externship Scholarships are awarded once per year. You may be eligible if you are a registered student member for more than 6 months. As a reminder, awarded students commit to take and share pictures of their externship, keep a case log and submit a summary to share with other students through the newsletter. We look forward to sharing great pictures of you with avian patients on the Externship Testimonials page of the AAV website. Congratulations to our 2 nominees of the year: Jennifer Mathe and Kaylie Graham.
AAV Wants You! Be Part of a New AAV Podcast Project!
Hi AAV Student Members!
My name is Nick Kirk and I am a veterinarian and ABVP avian resident. I am here on behalf of the AAV social media team. Our team is starting a project that is the first of its kind for AAV. We are looking to bridge the gap between long standing members that you may have heard about, read articles or books authored by, or have seen at conferences and you! This is a huge opportunity for the AAV to not only get more members involved, but to also increase the coherence between the generations of our membership.
This project when finished will take the form of a video podcast where students are able to pose questions to clinicians who have experience in the field, and for those mentors to answer those questions honestly and openly so everyone can benefit from their knowledge. We want to get everyone involved in this project, and in order to get good answers out of our established members we need great questions from you!
So here's what you need to do:
You will see some prompts on our Facebook group over the next few months that are basic guidelines to help you think of questions to ask, but these are by no means restrictions. Leave comments with questions that you are interested in hearing answered, and if you would be interested in voicing those questions for a video-based interview.
After we gather a bunch of questions, we will be reaching out to student members to help out asking questions on video for your mentors from AAV to answer. Our organization is about furthering avian medicine, and that begins with getting our newest members excited and informed about being an avian veterinarian!
Do you have a burning question about avian medicine already? Let us know in the comments!
P.S. Feel free to reach out to us through private messaging if you are more comfortable with a one-on-one conversation! Just because you do not feel comfortable asking a question "on camera" does not mean your question is invalid or does not deserve to be answered!
The Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse (ENVT) Yaboumba junior and AFVAC junior club organized a seminar about the cognition, welfare and behavior of Pittacidae, held October 12-13, 2019. The seminar was divided in two days: the first one was a theoretical conference and the second was a demonstration and the application of knowledge studied during two workshops.
The seminar about parrot cognition, welfare and behavior was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about birds. The courses about birds at the university are limited but all future vets will have the chance to interact once during their career with a bird so it is a great idea for them to learn how to interact with birds. It was an opportunity as well to meet two great names of the field who study two complementary subjects about Psittacidae. Moreover, students and professionals learned some keys to improving their practice.
The presence of more than 70 students and 20 professionals shows the interest to improve theoretical and practical knowledge about birds during the veterinary course. The different questions and debates after each conference show the importance of ethics of the different subjects but moreover the lack of knowledge and agreement between professionals of the field.
We would like to thank again both speakers, who gave us the opportunity of organizing this great weekend. We would like to thank our sponsors without whom this seminar would have never happened: AFVAC, AAV and Optinac. We would like to thank all the students from the clubs Yaboumba junior and AFVAC junior who helped us during the seminar. Finally, we would like to thank the National School of Veterinary of Toulouse (ENVT) for allowing us to organize this event and let us use the different rooms during the event.
AAV Spring Student Chapter Program Sponsorship
Congratulations to the University of Calgary for receiving AAV's spring chapter program sponsorship. We look forward to hearing about your planned event, "General Avian Practice for Fledgling Veterinarians." Click the button below to learn more about chapter program sponsorship opportunities.
Participate in ExoticsCon as a Student Lab Assistant!
Interested in being part of ExoticsCon? Each year AAV offers veterinary students the opportunity to assist in our Hands-on Workshops (labs). This is a great way to be part of a lab at no cost. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Marisa Hackemann, Conference Coordinator for details.
Get Involved on AAV's Veterinary Student Forum on Facebook!
The recently launched AAV Veterinary Student Forum on Facebook is already off to a great start with nearly 150 members! This forum is a closed group open to current AAV and EAAV student members as well as AAV student chapter participants.
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