An official publication of the Association of Avian Veterinarians
Note from the Student Co-chairs
Dear AAV Student Members,
August is probably the beginning of a new academic year for you, as unusual as it may be this year. This will likely be a year of adaptation. You may get used to wearing a mask for long hours, a skill that will be useful to you if you develop a passion for surgery. As we talk a lot about inclusion in the news lately, let’s take a moment to think about the numerous skillful international students who had been accepted in their veterinary program, and could not cross the border because of Covid19-related immigration complications. If you were able to start your program and to work in clinic, you should feel lucky, regardless of high caseload and the long hours. This year, we should value the clinical teaching even more, and comply with evolving biosafety guidelines. But most of all, we should enjoy working with avian patients and their owners. We hope the beginning of this school year will be a great time for you for community building and knowledge expansion about avian medicine.
Welcome to the Chapters created and renewed in the last couple months at the Cornell University, University of Arizona and University of Florida Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. As usual, feel free to share your Chapter activities and avian medicine tips on the AAV Student Facebook page!
Don't miss your chance to learn from leading experts in the field of avian and exotic veterinary medicine at ExoticsCon Virtual. Students may register at the discounted rate of $150 (membership is not required). The registration includes three weekends of sessions and proceedings manuscripts. Sessions are being recorded so don't worry about watching live, you will have the option to view at your convenience if you can't attend the live stream. Learn more at ExoticsCon.org. Registration for the first weekend closes at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, September 8 so register today!
Please email your updated student participant rosters to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure all of your students receive the AAV Student Newsletters and can be approved to the AAV Student Veterinary Forum on Facebook. Please send as a 3-column spreadsheet with first name, last name and email address.
This photo depicts how you should tape a sedated bird to take a ventre-dorsal radiograph (pictured here: Hispaniolan Amazon parrot).
Note that masking tape is used to avoid plucking the feathers and that a tape is placed on the humeri to avoid any movement of the elbow, that could result in humeral fracture in birds with decreased bone quality.
Each year, the AAV supports our student members entering their clinical year who intend to complete an externship at avian and exotic animal focused private practices, avian services in veterinary teaching hospitals, large wildlife clinics and zoos. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these externship opportunities are becoming scarce to comply with social distancing.
The AAV also supports teaching activities including large gatherings of students eager to learn more about avian medicine and surgery. These types of teaching events are not possible for the time-being.
Consequently, the AAV has made the decision to roll our 2020 student program and externship funding to next year (2021). Our hope is to resume funding of student academic opportunities at that time. Check AAV.org and our quarterly student newsletter for updates.
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