T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

Lorenzo Crosta
2019

Dr. Lorenzo Crosta

Lorenzo Crosta med vet, PhD, GP Cert (Exotic Animal), Diplomate ECZM, EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management is an Associate Professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science, Australia.

Lorenzo Crosta med vet, PhD, GP Cert (Exotic Animal), Diplomate ECZM, EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management is an Associate Professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science, Australia.

Dr. Crosta earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Milan in 1989. He served as a staff veterinarian at the Clinica Veterinaria Delli Carri (1990-1992) and the co-owner of the Clinica Veterinaria Fiera (1992-1999), both in Milan.

Since my youth, I knew I would work with animals, whatever it meant. My practical attitude led me to study Veterinary Medicine, but choices could have been also biology, or zoology. I began breeding fancy pigeons when I was a third year vet student: that was the start of everything! Since then, my interest for birds grew continuously, until they became the main interest of my professional life, and a good part of my interest overall.

…I consider myself a very fortunate man: I stepped into avian medicine in the late 80s; therefore, I had the chance to take an active part in the growth of avian medicine over the last 30 years…

Lorenzo served as the Veterinary Director of Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain from 2000 to 2005.

Possibly the most important turning point in my professional career happened when I took the position… at the Loro Parque in Tenerife (Spain). With its more than 300 represented taxa, the Loro Parque is still the most diverse collection of psittacine birds in the world, and indeed one of the largest parrot collections in terms of numbers.

This job gave me the opportunity to work closely…with some of the best avian scientists, like Helga Gerlach, Andrew Greenwood, Erhard Kaleta, and Susan Clubb, to name a few. However, most important, I could see birds, a lot of birds! And, differently from many colleagues, who could only see birds when they are sick, I could see happy, healthy and breeding birds. I had the chance to study them, deepen my knowledge in avian medicine, surgery, nutrition, reproduction and take part in conservation programs. Reproduction and conservation being two of my favorite topics.

Dr. Crosta also served as the Consulting Veterinarian to the Brazilian Government for the  Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws Recovery Program from 2000-2014.

After Loro Parque, Lorenzo returned to his homeland where he earned a PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from the University of Turin in 2009. His professional life in Italy, followed three main directions. First, he worked as an avian veterinarian, taking care of cases in clinical practice. Lorenzo also consulted with zoos and breeding facilities, which allowed him to continue his work with flocks and reproduction and to put in practice the techniques and skills he learned at the Loro Parque. And finally, Dr. Crosta also began to share his time and expertise with students and other veterinarians.

…I am strongly convinced that I have to share my experience with students and younger colleagues. Most of them will not have the chances to see the huge number of different species, cases, presentations and problems I had seen in so many years. For this reason, I am, or have been teaching/lecturing in different places, Universities, as well as postgraduate courses…

Lorenzo has paired his love of teaching and his enjoyment of public speaking with his ability to speak four languages. He has lectured on avian medicine in many countries, ranging from the United States to Brazil and Australia, from Hungary to Portugal, and from Israel to the Arab nations. Thus far, he has had students from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Germany, Austria, Canada, the US, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

Dr. Crosta is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), the European AAV, the Italian Cultural Society Small Animal Veterinarians (SCIVAC), the Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians, the Italian National Veterinary Association, and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians. Since 2013 he has been accredited by the Italian Federation of Veterinary Colleges (FNOVI) in avian and zoological medicine and surgery and zoo health management. In 2015, he successfully completed the exam for the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) General Practitioner Certification in Exotic Animal Practice. In 2016, Dr. Crosta was also recognized “de facto” as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine and he is now a European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management. Lorenzo has also been a panel member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and has twice been Chairman of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarian and the President of the Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians.

Since March 2018, Dr. Crosta has served as an Associate Professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine at the University of Sydney. He serves as the Director of the Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital.

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