Introduction to Avian Orthopedics


Dr. David Scott of the Carolina Raptor Center presented this distance-learning event for the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Zoo & Wildlife Society as part of the Lafeber Company Student Program. View this 61-minute presentation, RACE-approved for 1 hour of continuing education.



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  • Why bother?
    • We are dealing with healthy birds
    • Prognosis can be quite good; recovery can be very dramatic
  • Factors affecting prognosis
    • Bone exposure
    • Proximity to a joint
    • Chronicity
  • Key points of urgent care
    • Stabilize the bird
    • Immobilize the bone
    • Prevent further stress and injury
    • Examine the entire bird, including the fundus
    • If surgery is necessary…
      • Ulna fractures
      • Humeral fractures
      • Metacarpal fractures
      • Coracoid fractures
      • Femoral fractures
      • Tibiotarsal fractures
      • Tarsometatarsal fractures
    • Typical protocol used at the Carolina Raptor Center
  • Complications
  • Physical therapy
  • Release

The emphasis for this presentation is birds of prey, however the topic presented is not exclusive to wildlife rehabilitation and the care of psittacine birds is mentioned.


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With a passing grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a continuing education certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB R.A.C.E. approval.



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RACE approval

This program 759279 is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (R.A.C.E.) to offer a total of 1.00 CE credits to any one veterinarian and/or 1.00 veterinary technician CE credit. This RACE approval is for Category: Medical using the delivery method of Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements. RACE does not “accredit” or “endorse” or “certify” any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.

To cite this page:

Scott D. Introduction to avian orthopedics. LafeberVet Web site. October 26, 2020. Available at