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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

AAV Avian Health Grants

Since 1982, the AAV has provided over $575,000 in avian research funding. By funding clinically relevant research studies, the AAV Avian Health Grants have improved the health and welfare of our avian patients. Research results from 77 funded scientific studies have advanced clinical practice by providing much needed scientific data in areas such as nutrition, pain medication, radiography, pharmacology, virology, wound repair and many other areas. The AAV grants are one of the few funding sources for clinical avian research.


AAV's Conservation Committee provides educational opportunities for our members, supports conservation research, and serves as a voice for avian veterinarians committed to bird conservation. Each year at the annual conference AAV hosts several conservation-oriented activities, including the Conservation Evening with presentations by speakers with expertise in bird species of regional conservation concern and a birding/nature walk to view local species. The Conservation Committee also works throughout the year to better define issues of conservation concern for AAV by developing position statements that can influence policy, and working with allied groups to affect positive change.

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AAV's Education Committee provides a myriad of educational resources to our members. AAV's annual conference has long been recognized as the leading source of avian medicine education. Our website features an online education portal where members can take online courses to further their knowledge. Additional online resources include our Golden Egg Topics pages that provide collections of information on topics such as feather destructive behavior and backyard poultry medicine.

We are growing our resources for bird owners and the general public as well. Several educational handouts are available on basic bird care, signs of illness, and more. Our social media sites are a great resource for bird lovers and feature tips and articles for providing the highest level of care to birds.

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AAV's Legislative Committee focuses on a broad range of regulatory issues related to the health, welfare, and conservation of birds. We provide analyses of the often complicated legal and political jargon in proposed legislation and, where appropriate, craft position statements to help our membership make rapid decisions about legislation that may affect avian health professionals, their clients, their patients, and birds as a whole. This committee advises the board and encourages our membership to follow pending legislation that may affect birds and helps AAV determine appropriate action to protect our interests in avian health, welfare and conservation.

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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.

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AAV is an international professional association with members in over 60 countries around the globe. AAV's International Committee strives to maximize member benefits for our international members. We investigate issues relating to the AAV membership in different countries, and communicate and recommend potential solutions to the AAV Board. The support of veterinarians from developing nations receives special attention.

AAV has strong bonds with the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV) and the AAV Australasian Committee (AAVAC) and we are pursuing collaborative programs with these organizations. AAV also provides deeply discounted membership to qualifying veterinarians and students from developing nations.

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Veterinary Students

AAV has been growing our benefits for veterinary students over the past few years. Students receive all the benefits of our veterinary members, including access to our online education portal and member only Facebook group. In addition, students receive the opportunity to apply for externship scholarships, participate in manuscript competitions, and have access to a database of avian-focused internship, externship and residency opportunities.

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There is no question that technicians play a vital role in veterinary medicine. Techs are directly responsible for patient care and this can range from anesthesia to lab work to anything in between. AAV encourages veterinarians to sponsor membership for their technicians. Empowered and educated technicians who feel confident working with avian patients are essential to providing the highest level of care in a practice. AAV's growing list of technician member benefits includes: access to the online education portal, Facebook member only group, discounted fees to our annual conference, proceedings library access, and more.

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AAV membership communicates your commitment to avian health, welfare and conservation to both colleagues and clients. Join AAV today! Together we can make a difference.


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