T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the YearDr. T.J. Lafeber was recognized as a pioneer in companion bird medicine and the human-companion bird bond. His concern for the health and welfare of his avian patients led him to develop medical treatments, diagnostic techniques, and nutritionally balanced foods. Dr. Lafeber’s lectures were infused with his caring demeanor and enthusiasm, inspiring students and veterinarians alike to advance the fledgling field of companion bird medicine.

The T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award is presented to an outstanding practitioner who is advancing the quality of health care for companion birds. Award recipients are selected by an independent committee of members from the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Important criteria for this award include:

  • Clinical excellence
  • Innovation
  • Promotion of the profession
  • Contributions to the knowledge base
  • Caring and compassion to their avian patients and clients

Recipients of the T.J. Lafeber Award include:


Dr. Greg Rich

2016 – Dr. Gregory Rich

Dr. Gregory Rich is the owner of the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana in Metairie, Louisiana. Dr. Rich earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Health in 1977 and Medical Technology in 1980 from Louisiana State University. Dr. Rich also earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary […]

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Dr. Patrick Redig

2015 – Dr. Patrick Redig

Dr. Patrick Redig is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the Founder and Director Emeritus of The Raptor Center at the University. Dr. Redig earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and his Doctorate of Veterinary […]

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Joanne Paul-Murphy

2014 – Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy

Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy is a Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology and Chief of the Companion Avian and Exotic Pets Medicine Program at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also the Director of the Richard M. Schubot Parrot Wellness & Welfare Program at UC Davis. […]

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2013 – Dr. Susan Clubb

Dr. Susan Clubb is the owner of Rainforest Clinic for Birds & Exotics and Hurricane Aviaries in Loxahatchee, Florida. Dr. Clubb is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian). Dr. Clubb also serves as an associate adjunct professor at the University of Florida and a staff veterinarian for Jungle Island in Miami, […]

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2012 – Dr. James Carpenter

Dr. James Carpenter is a Professor and service chief of Exotic, Wildlife and Zoo Animal Medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Carpenter completed his bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation at Cornell University before earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. […]

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2011 – Dr. Thomas N. Tully, Jr.

Dr. Thomas N. Tully, Jr. is a professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences department and section chief of the Bird, Zoo and Exotic Animal service at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tully is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian) and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian). […]

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Dr. Keven Flammer

2010 – Dr. Keven Flammer

Dr. Keven Flammer is a professor of Companion and Wild Avian Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he has mentored and inspired many veterinary medical students, interns, and residents. He also currently serves as the College’s acting Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs. Dr. Flammer obtained his bachelor’s degree […]

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2009 – Dr. David Phalen

Dr. David Phalen currently serves as an associate professor at the University of Sydney. He is the director of the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre in New South Wales, Australia where he established the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital, the only university-based facility in Australia dedicated entirely to the care of birds, exotic pets, […]

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Dr. Robert Dahlhausen

2008 – Dr. Robert Dahlhausen

Dr. Robert Dahlhausen has practiced 100% avian and exotic animal medicine for the past 25 years. His current practice, opened in 1992, is called the Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bob received his DVM from the Ohio State University in 1983. Dr. Dahlhausen has lectured on both a local and professional […]

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Dr. Susan Orosz

2007 – Dr. Susan Orosz

Dr. Susan Orosz received her PhD in human neuroanatomy from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 and her DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1984. During her senior veterinary medical year, Dr. Orosz did an anatomical study on the limbs of the California condor at the San Diego Zoo. Dr. Orosz is a […]

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Dr. Jaime Samour

2006 – Dr. Jaime Samour

A native of El Salvador, Dr. Jaime Samour graduated with honors as a veterinarian from Veracruz University, Mexico in 1978. After graduation, he worked at a practice in El Salvador from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Samour then obtained a Wildlife Management Diploma from the post-graduate school at Chapingo University, Mexico. Soon after, Jaime crossed the […]

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Dr. M. Scott Echols

2005 – Dr. M. Scott Echols

Dr. M. Scott Echols practices throughout the United States working in various hospitals and veterinary schools. Dr. Echols is an adjunct professor at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the creator of several educational DVDs including Captive Foraging, Avian Blood Collection, Avian Necropsy and Cytology, Basic Non-Surgical Procedures, and The Expert Companion […]

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Dr. Neil Forbes

2004 – Dr. Neil Forbes

Dr. Neil Forbes practices at Great Western Referrals in Swindon, United Kingdom. Dr. Forbes qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983. After a period in large animal practice in Cumbria, he settled in mixed practice at Lansdown Veterinary Surgeons in Gloucestershire. Since that time Neil has developed a large avian and exotic animal practice. […]

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2003 – Dr. Brian Speer

Dr. Brian Speer is the owner and the director of the Oakley Veterinary Medical Center and the Medical Center for Birds in northern California. Brian received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Board specialty status was earned through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1996, and certification in […]

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Dr. Teresa Lightfoot

2002 – Dr. Teresa Lightfoot

Dr. Teresa Lightfoot received her DVM from the University of Missouri in 1980. She completed an externship at the St. Louis Zoo, and has been practicing in Florida since 1980. Dr. Lightfoot currently practices at Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Medicine for Pets in Tampa, Florida. She has also served as the staff veterinarian for […]

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