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Agricultural Careers. Avian Veterinarian. By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Jennie Simpson Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Georgia Department of Education June 2005. START. What Is an Avian Veterinarian?.

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Agricultural Careers

Avian Veterinarian

By: Dr. Frank Flanders and Jennie Simpson

Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office

Georgia Department of Education

June 2005

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What Is an Avian Veterinarian?

  • Avian Veterinarians work primarily with either ornamental (pet) birds or poultry.

  • A certified avian veterinarian is one who has obtained certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) to practice exclusively on the species of birds.

  • Diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of diseases are major concerns for avian veterinarians.

  • A pet bird practice can involve large aviaries, but most pet bird work is performed for individuals who own one bird or a small collection of ornamental birds.


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Duties of an Avian Veterinarian

  • Perform surgery, dress wounds, and set broken bones.

  • Diagnose and vaccinate avian diseases.

  • Advise animal owners about the care and breeding of birds.

  • Inspect animals intended for consumption, both before and after they are slaughtered.

  • Teaching or conducting research on animal and human diseases.


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Becoming an Avian Veterinarian

  • An avian veterinarian must enjoys working with birds and be able to deal with pets and their owners.

  • One must be patient and perceptive with sound business skills.

  • Some work will be done with groups of people while some will be done individually so the ability to work in either environment is needed.

  • One must also be able to work quickly and efficiently.


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Education

  • Prospective veterinarians must graduate from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree and obtain a license to practice.

  • Applicants to vet school must pass the Veterinary College Admissions Test, the Medical College Admission Test, or the Graduate Record Examination.

  • Subscribe to journals of veterinary medicine to increase general knowledge.

  • Participate in clubs such as 4-H where you can participate in Poultry judging and other avian projects.

  • Work a summer or part-time job as an assistant to an avian veterinarian.


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Employment

  • Median annual earnings of veterinarians were $63,090 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $49,050 and $85,770. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $123,370.

  • The average annual salary for veterinarians in the Federal Government in non-supervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions was $72,208 in 2003.

  • Employment of veterinarians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2012.

  • As pets are increasingly viewed as a member of the family, pet owners will be more willing to spend increasing amounts on advanced veterinary medical care, creating more demand for veterinarians.


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Related Careers

  • Animal Nutritionist

  • Animal Scientist

  • Poultry Scientist

  • Veterinarian

  • Veterinary Assistant

  • Zoologist


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Career Resources

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

530 Church Street, Suite 700

Nashville, TN, 37219

Internet: http://www.abvp.com

American Veterinary Medical Association

1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100

Schaumburg, Illinois 60173-4360

Internet: http://www.avma.org


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