This live, interactive webinar will be presented by Dr. Alicia McLaughlin, an associate veterinarian at the Center for Bird & Exotic Animal Medicine with a special interest in animal behavioral modification using positive reinforcement training. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low-stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear Free™ veterinarian and is spearheading the development of an avian-focused Fear Free™ course. This presentation will explore the reasons stress should be minimized during avian veterinary visits and the challenges that must be overcome. Dr. McLaughlin will also share practical tips for clinical implementation as they relate to clinic design, staff training, client education, as well as tips for working with avian patients in an exam room or hospital setting.
Behavior is the most direct tool a wild bird has to respond to its environment, and it ultimately determines whether it survives and breeds in its natural environment. There are two functional categories of avian behaviors: self-maintenance behaviors and social behaviors.