Pigeon Disease Primer

The “Pigeon Disease Primer” explores important differential diagnoses for common clinical problems observed in pigeons and doves. Although the clinical approach to the columbiform relies on the same concepts of “One Medicine” used in all species, many of the infectious diseases of pigeons are relatively unique to this taxonomic group, or at least much more prevalent when compared to psittacine birds or songbirds.


External Coaptation in Birds: Bandages and Splints

Traumatic orthopedic injuries are relatively common in the avian patient. Although bird bones are strong when intact, they tend to shatter on impact as the cortices are thin and brittle. A lack of abundant soft tissue coverage often leads to open fractures…

Christine Higbie, DVM

Dr. Christine Higbie received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2009. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. She then worked as a general practice and emergency veterinarian at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital until 2013, when she completed an internship in zoo medicine at Kansas State University. Christine is currently a resident in zoological medicine at…