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About AAV

About AAV

Our Mission & Vision

The Association of Avian Veterinarians is a diverse global professional organization dedicated to advancing and promoting avian health, welfare, and conservation through education, advocacy, and science.

AAV is the recognized global leader in avian health.

Who We Are

The AAV has more than 1700 members comprised of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, and allied professionals that work in private practice, colleges and universities, zoos, government, and industry. Many of the AAV’s members are considered global leaders in avian conservation and wild bird health. The AAV strives to preserve and protect birds in the wild and their native habitats.


The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international education and scientific organization with programs encompassing research, conservation, scientific forums, and refereed publications. The AAV was founded in 1980, incorporated in the State of Massachusetts in 1982 and received its 501 C(3) status in 1983.

AAV members engage in a multitude of fields related to the stewardship and welfare of domestic, captive, and free-ranging birds. Those areas include companion bird medicine and surgery, government and non-profit employment in conservation, wildlife, zoological medicine, regulatory, industry and aviculture and academic practice.

Members care for the widest range of domestic and wild species: small companion birds to large parrots, backyard poultry and domestic ducks, hummingbirds to raptors, as well as migratory and shore birds.

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AAV's Leadership is comprised of an Executive Board and Advisory Council. The Advisory Council includes four members-at-large and committee chairs from six standing committees, several ad hoc committees, and international liaisons. These members contribute numerous hours of volunteer time each year to lead our association.

Join Us

AAV members receive many benefits including subscription to the internationally recognized Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, online continuing education courses through our E-Learning Portal, access to the AAV conference proceedings library, downloadable client education materials, and more. Learn more about how you can be a part of AAV.



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