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AAV Foundation and Basic Commitments


The Association of Avian Veterinarians was established in 1980. The Association membership is comprised of veterinarians from private practice, zoos, universities and industry, as well as allied personnel, technicians and students. Prior to 1987, Associate membership was open to all individuals with an interest in avian medicine. All Associate members, keeping their membership current, have been allowed to continue their membership in the Association.



Mission Statement: The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

Slogan: "Advancing and promoting avian medicine and stewardship."

Purpose: Education of small animal practitioners with an interest in avian medicine. 



  • Bird owners are educated in the responsible care of their charges.
  • Companion birds are perceived as valuable, intelligent and attractive pets.
  • Pet bird ownership is encouraged through increased availability of captive-bred birds.
  • Species and their natural habitats are preserved.
  • All companion birds are propagated domestically under conditions to ensure an optimum quality of life.
  • Avian practitioners increase their competence and confidence in their knowledge and skills.
  • Birds and the public benefit from communication and interaction between veterinarians and the suppliers of birds and avian products.
  • The Association of Avian Veterinarians possesses the resources, respect, credibility and influence needed to accomplish its mission.


  • Bird owners and stewards will understand the value of quality veterinary care
  • Veterinarians and their organizations will pursue the preservation of species and their habitats
  • There will be an increased number of veterinarians competent in avian medicine
  • Avian veterinarians will continually enhance and refine their clinical and professional knowledge and skills
  • Veterinarians and their clients as well as educators and researchers involved in avian medicine, will have access to appropriate, relevant technical information and insight
  • AAV will possess the credibility, respect, influence, and resources needed to accomplish its mission

- January 1996

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