Neil Forbes leads the team at Great Western Exotics, which is part of Vets Now Referrals. Dr. Forbes gained Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Specialist Status in the field of avian medicine and surgery in 1992, and he became a Fellow of the RCVS in Exotic Bird Medicine by examination in 1996. Dr. Forbes has also been a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) since 1997. Dr. Forbes is a Past-President of ECZM, a Past-President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization as well as past Chair of the ECZM Education Committee. Neil also directs and supervises the only ECZM-approved residency program in avian medicine in the United Kingdom as well as one of only two ECZM-approved exotic companion mammal residencies in the UK. Neil regularly lectures both nationally and internationally and he is also a part-time senior lecturer in avian medicine at the University of Bristol. He has authored and edited many publications on avian medicine, and Dr. Forbes has also received several awards including the 2004 T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year.
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