The 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. We advise the board and encourage our membership to follow pending legislation that may affect birds and help us apply appropriate pressure to the government to protect our interests in avian health, welfare and conservation. The legislative committee is open to all AAV members and we would love to have your help! Please contact us if you are interested in participating.
What does the Legislative Committee have in store for you?
Expanding our committee is a high priority. There is so much to be done in keeping up with all the changes that are happening here in the US and abroad that may impact avian health and stewardship. We need your help! Please contact us if you would like to serve on this committee.
Post monthly updates on legislative issues through social media to help keep our members informed.
Work closely with the Conservation and Aviculture Committees to insure we are spreading awareness of relevant issues.
We intend to keep you posted on any new information we have to share through AAV’s social media and quarterly newsletters. We are always interested to hear from YOU about what information you would find helpful in keeping up with today’s rapid developments in legislation that may impact our profession or the health and welfare of birds.
Stay Informed on Legislative Issues
The following links provide useful information on the latest legislation affecting our avian patients and wildlife.
Dr. Barron has been CROW's Medical & Research Director and Head Veterinarian since late fall of 2011. She received training in exotic and wild animal medicine and surgery through a residency at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she later became a tenured Associate Professor on the Zoological Medicine Service. She obtained further international experience as Professor and Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where she was also the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. She has served as a consultant for both IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services and is a former president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. She is a board certified avian specialist, Certified Aquatic Veterinarian and a licensed wildlife and sea turtle rehabilitator who has over 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching wildlife medicine. She has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications in her field. She and her husband, Andrew, live on Sanibel Island with their 3 children.
Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)
Dr. Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and completed a residency and fellowship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis in 2001. She became board-certified in Avian Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practice in 2002. After 2 years in private practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. She is currently Professor of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis and Director of the California Raptor Center. Her research focuses on anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for companion and wild birds.
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