Bird Basics Teaching Module

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What are the basics of avian medicine that a novice veterinary health professional should know before laying hands on the companion parrot patient? Upon completion of this learning aid, the participant will have a basic clinical understanding of avian anatomy, psittacine handling and restraint, history and  physical examination, zoonotic concerns, nutrition, basic diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, as well as a few select presenting problems.

The content listed below barely scratches the surface of avian medicine. Use LafeberVet’s list of Avian Quick Links to assist your navigation of additional avian medicine resources on LafeberVet.



Anatomy & Physiology

Handling & Restraint

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History & Exam

Zoonotic Concerns

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Housing & Nutrition

Supportive Care Techniques

Clinical Avian Nutrition for the Veterinary Health Professional

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Minimum Database

Basic Techniques

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Select Clinical Problems


Approval pending

Stay Tuned: This teaching module will be submitted for approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for continuing education credit.

To cite this page: Pollock C. Bird Basics Teaching Module. July 21, 2022. LafeberVet web site. Available at