T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

Dr. 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:


T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year

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 Medicine in 1985. His work with avian species began in his fourth year during a preceptorship at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida under the tutelage of Dr. John Olsen.

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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 Medicine from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a PhD in physiology at the University of Minnesota.

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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, where she has worked since 1988. She also consults for a variety of local and international preserves, rehabilitation and rescue centers, and zoological parks. Dr. Clubb has consulted for Kaytee Products, Inc. since 2003, and she also serves as a Board member of the Kaytee Avian Foundation. Dr. Clubb has authored or coauthored over 70 articles and 25 books on avian and exotic animal medicine. She has also presented at a variety of national and international meetings.

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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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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.

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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, and wildlife.

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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.

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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.

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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 Atlantic to study at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). As a visiting research fellow at ZSL, Jaime worked on a series of projects involving birds and reptiles. While still based at ZSL, Dr. Samour earned a master’s degree and PhD in avian reproductive physiology through the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1987.

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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 Bird Care Series through Avian Studios.

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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 the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECAMS) in 1999. Brian is also the recipient of the Speaker of the Year award for the North American Veterinary Conference, 2006.

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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 the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary since 1987. Dr. Lightfoot is a charter member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners—avian specialty and she currently serves as regent for this specialty. Dr. Lightfoot served on the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1995 to 1999, and served as Chair from 1997-1999.

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