Aviculture is defined as the raising and care of birds and especially of wild birds in captivity. Today aviculture is not only focused on the raising and breeding of birds, but also on preserving avian habitat, public awareness campaigns and promoting good stewardship of our captive birds. The Aviculture Committee communicates with the major avicultural organizations to discuss issues that the AAV would be able to assist or in which we could work together. We also provide content for the AAV Aviculture Blog.
Current Committee Activities:
What does the Aviculture Committee have in store for this year?
Establish relationships with outside organizations that have a vested interest in aviculture and animal health, such as American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) and Avicultural Society of America (ASA).
Plans for integrating an aviculture course in this year’s ExoticsCon conference and more courses at future conferences.
Establishing a research fund for Aviculture related topics.
Increase committee member participation in preparation for Aviculture research grant.
Would You Like to Help?
Manufacturers of products for the pet bird market, pet stores, pet bird breeders, pet bird owners and avian vets all have a common interest in growing an enthusiastic population of successful aviculturists. Do you have ideas on how AAV can promote aviculture? Are you an aviculturist or have some thoughts on how to bring our membership and the aviculture community closer? Do you see opportunities where AAV could work in concert with aviculturists? The committee meets annually at the AAV conference, so join us at ExoticsCon to share your thoughts and ideas or contact the committee co-chairs.
Dr. Winkel-Blair is a graduate of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a concentration in zoo and aquarium sciences. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 2009. She earned her Masters in Public Health from University of Minnesota in 2010. She went on to join the US Army Veterinary Corps in 2009 where she was an active duty captain. After 4.5 years she decided it was time for a change and left the Army for private practice. Dr. Blair was in private practice for about 1 year before she decided that she wanted to go back for a 3-year residency in avian medicine at Texas A&M University. She currently is at MedVet Hilliard in Columbus, OH where she has been part of the medical team since 2018. She is passionate about Avian & Exotic Medicine and her special interests include exotic behavior medicine, avian surgery, avian reproductive medicine, raptor medicine, and reptile medicine and surgery. Dr. Blair is also excited about being elected as the incoming Chair of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Aviculture Committee. She is an active member in Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.
Matt Grootenboer, VMD
Dr. Matt Grootenboer attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2015. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital. From there, he traveled to Florida to complete an internship in exotic animal medicine at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. He has returned to his home state of New Jersey to continue working with exotic companion animals at NorthStar VETS. An extension of his passion for traditional companion exotics is his interest in zoo animals and wildlife which Northstar does occasionally afford him the opportunity to see!
Dr. Grootenboer lives in Brick, NJ with his cat Penny and rat Waffles. When not working, he likes to stay active whether that means going to the gym or for a bike ride/hike. He also likes to play the drums in his spare time. Finally, he is a huge Miami Dolphins fan despite living in the northeast and enduring many, many painful seasons of football.
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