Avian welfare is a very important and complicated area. AAV members deal with welfare-related issues on a day-to-day basis (rehoming of parrots, poultry care (in private practice and industry), providing foraging opportunities, wing trims, diet recommendations, care in shelters, and the list goes on…). The Avian Welfare Committee is open to all AAV members interested in working on projects dedicated to improving the welfare of birds. The committee provides a forum for members to discuss welfare issues related to pet birds, bird sanctuaries/shelters, industry, and poultry, among others. Members of the committee provide Facebook page content, review/contribute to AAV welfare related projects, and help find speakers for our annual conferences. Meetings are held annually at the AAV conference and we have ongoing discussion through the AAV Welfare Committee Facebook page.
The Avian Welfare Committee has big plans for this year! A few of our current projects include:
Roundtable and lectures on avian welfare topics at ExoticsCon
Updated information on recommended testing of birds in sanctuaries
Rescue and sanctuary information resources
Development of an avian welfare Powerpoint lecture
Golden egg/tool box for veterinarians working with shelters/rescue
Our goal is to promote Avian Welfare in all forms through education, awareness, and outreach. The Avian Welfare Committee is open to all AAV members interested in improving the welfare of birds and provides a forum for members to discuss welfare issues related to pet birds, bird sanctuaries/shelters, industry, and poultry. We’re always open to suggestions and ideas of any welfare related topics that should have some attention. We’d love to hear from anyone interested in speaking on topics about Welfare at future conferences!
Would you like to help?
We currently have a LOT of projects in the works and can use your help on this committee! We are looking for volunteers to help develop and implement these projects - please contact us today so we can find a way to plug you in. We also welcome members posting thoughtful and respectful welfare-related content on our Facebook page.
Dr. Pilny is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internal medicine and surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida and a residency in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certified in Avian Practice since 2005, and currently serves as vice-chair for the maintenance of certification committee.
Dr. Pilny has lectured nationally and internationally about avian and exotic pet medicine and has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on birds and other exotic species. He also served as an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College where he taught avian and exotic pet medicine to prospective veterinary technicians for eight years. Dr. Pilny is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Southern California and American Veterinary Medical Associations. He currently serves as the National Medical Director of the House Rabbit Society and serves on the advisory boards of The Avian Welfare Coalition and One Earth Conservation.
Pat Latas, DVM, MS, BS
Dr. Pat Latas serves as a volunteer in consultations for avian health welfare and well-being; across the spectrum from global and local wildlife veterinary issues, local bird hoarding cases, confiscated animal welfare and evaluation of wild, naturalized urban parrots. Dr. Pat sits on the Board of Directors for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Board of Directors for SoCal Parrot, serves as Co-coordinator of the Veterinary Section of its Working Group Psittaciformes of the International Ornithologists Union; as Vice-chair of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Welfare Committee and member of the Conservation Committee; Southern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force and Arizona Bar Animal Law Section; and ad hoc consultations regarding confiscations and rehabilitation of confiscated wildlife. Wild psittacine conservation and rescue/rehabilitation/release are important to Dr. Latas, and she consults with a number of parrot organizations. Raising awareness of the rising tide of violence and cruelty to urban wildlife; developing improved communications between biological, rehabilitation and social disciplines; partnering with a diversity of people, groups, and organizations around the world are her personal professional goals. In addition, Dr. Latas has a certificate in Science Illustration; she donates traditional and digital artwork to a number of conservation organizations.
Dr. Pat has visited, observed and occasionally worked with wildlife in South Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Ecuador, Brasil, Costa Rica and the wilds of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas. Dr. Latas was deeply honored to be selected to work as a kakapo volunteer on pristine Whenua Hou Island with the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, in 2011 and 2014.
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