Maybe I didn't phrase it correctly. Avian Vets are not the
same as Board Certified Avian Vets. Big difference.
There are quite a few Avian Vets, but very few that are board
certified. One site said that in 2004, there were 106 CAV
And I do believe board certified is what is usually recommended
by a handful of people here. If any bird vet was considered
appropriate, they would say "avian vet."
On 11/12/06, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Sure some vets are good, some are better...some are awful.
> Same with avian vets they just have much more additional
> training to be able to call themselves avian vets. The
> additional training helps them to know more about
> parrots/birds - parrots are not covered much more than a
> glance while they are being trained.
> I live in Upstate NY where their are more cows then people
> and their are still 3-4 in my area...more and More vets are
> becoming avian vet certified and no, they really don't cost
> that much more, if any.
> If their is one close by I would personally go with a avian
> vet, if their isn't their isn't and at least people are
> seeking vet care. I always suggest an avian vet and as that
> is the best person to see birds.
> When I have heart surgery I want to see someone who
> specializes in that, not just in general care. But if you
> don't have one close enough you just don't.
> On 11/12/06, Charlie wrote:
>> I'm sure this will ruffle a few feathers, no pun intended,
>> but I have to say it anyway.
>> I am, quite frankly, sick of reading from those on high,
>> how I should ONLY use a CERTIFIED AVIAN VET for the care
>> my bird.
>> For those that do not live in states such as California,
>> Florida and a few other states, where CAV's are a dime a
>> dozen, try to understand that some of us live in places
>> where we do not have the luxury of being able to see one
>> your personal "gods".
>> We have to use common, everyday Avian Vets that I guess
>> just didn't care enough to pursue a higher degree.
>> Yet my birds are, in my opinion, cared for with the same
>> degree of expertise, compassion and knowledge (possibly
>> more?) as those of you who tell me that I'm only receiving
>> second-rate care.
>> It is a personal affront to me and others that certainly
>> attempt to provide the very best that it available to us
>> our areas.
>> Please spare me the lecture on how I should be willing to
>> drive 8 hours each way to see someone "better". Some
>> things just aren't possible or realistic.
>> So I am asking that you think before you dole out your
>> righteous platitudes and remember that there are others
>> that DO receive the same level of care as the "privileged"
>> but without the title or price.