An official publication of the Association of Avian Veterinarians
Note from the Student Co-chairs
Dear AAV Student Members,
The past few months have been rich in emotions of all sorts. Fear of the virus, relief with the deconfinement, pride for new veterinary graduates, desire to help your community during tough times… Like everyone, the AAV is adapting to this changing time, with evolution of biosafety measures in our avian veterinary practice, and adaptation of our scholarships to favor social distancing. Thank you to all of you who have remained involved in avian rehabilitation, avian emergency student crews and many other activities related to birds during the pandemic. Stay safe!
AAV Congratulates ALL of our 2020 Graduating Veterinarians!
We hope you enjoy this tribute to our Class of 2020 graduating veterinarians. AAV wishes ALL of our graduates a big congratulations on becoming new doctors and we wish you the best as you take your next career steps! Thank you for being a part of AAV and we look forward to your continued participation in the association. Please contact our Student Co-chairs if we can be of assistance in supporting you on your path.
Photographs of the detail of sexual dimorphism in the head of blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). On the right can be seen a male, with the black cap and the characteristic gray body. On the left, we see a female with the brown cap and brownish body. In this specie, juveniles have the same colors as adult females until post-juvenil moult.
PRACTICAL TIP: Introduction to Sexing European Passerines (I/II)
By: Alba Palomo, AAV & B.V.Sc Student, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UAB (Spain)
Due to many species of passerines being sexually dimorphic, it is of the upmost importance to know the particularities of the species of the individual we would like to sex.
Especially in these species, the most obvious differences between the sexes are based on the colors of their plumage. Such as the brownish female and black male blackbird (Turdus merula). However, in cases where dimorphism is so marked in plumage, it is common for juveniles to resemble adult females. Thus, it could be necessary to consider also the age when sexing.
There are other visual differences, nonetheless, that may go unnoticed unless we look in detail. Some examples are the width of the ventral line of the great tit (Parus major) that is wider in the male than in the female or the intensity of the color itself, as in the blue of the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) where the adult male has a greater intensity than the female.
Even so, the dimorphism that some species present does not always occur in coloration, but in some cases is due to other particularities. For instance, cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti) males have longer wings than females because they are bigger.
Nevertheless, there are species of passerine that do not appear to have sexual dimorphism, such as the robin (Erithacus rubecula) and the long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus). In these cases, we can only differentiate the sex visually if we are in the breeding season, when birds develop a cloacal protuberance and an incubation patch.
If required, it is also possible to sex passerines by DNA on a feather by specialized laboratories.
A great horned owl rehabilitated and released by Union Québécoise de Rehabilitation des Oiseaux de Proie and the Clinique des Oiseaux de Proie of the Université de Montréal (photo shared with permission from: Dr Guy Fitzgerald)
Veterinarians Working Through the Pandemic
More than ever, veterinarians rehabilitating free-ranging birds are passionate essential workers. Many have continued working through the pandemic, with reinforced biosafety measures, despite fewer volunteers. As students, do not hesitate to take advantage of the summer to volunteer in avian rehabilitation centers. Thank you for all your hard work for the birds! Below are a few videos of veterinarians releasing rehabilitated birds during the past few months.
European kestrels released from Clinique vétérinaire de la Gare, France (shared with permission from: Dr Jean-Luc Wargny)
Clinique vétérinaire de la Gare, France (shared with permission from: Dr Jean-Luc Wargny)
An osprey released from the California Raptor Center of the University of California, Davis
Student Member Spotlight:
Jessica Magnotti, BS, DVM
This month's Member Spotlight features AAV member, Jessica Magnotti. Dr. Magnotti is a Class of 2020 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Welcome New Student Chapter: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Welcome to the newest AAV Student Chapter at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. We look forward to your involvement in AAV.
Learn More About AAV Membership
Have you joined AAV as an individual student member? This video provides an overview of all the great benefits available to AAV members. Veterinary student can join for just $15 and access the online learning portal, journal and proceedings libraries, educational handouts and more! Take your avian education experience to the next level by joining AAV today!
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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