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Title: Agricultural Careers

Agricultural Careers
Avian Veterinarian
By Dr. Frank Flanders and Jennie Simpson Georgia
Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Georgia
Department of Education June 2005
What Is an Avian Veterinarian?
  • Avian Veterinarians work primarily with either
    ornamental (pet) birds or poultry.
  • A certified avian veterinarian is one who has
    obtained certification from the American Board of
    Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) to practice
    exclusively on the species of birds.
  • Diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of
    diseases are major concerns for avian
  • A pet bird practice can involve large aviaries,
    but most pet bird work is performed for
    individuals who own one bird or a small
    collection of ornamental birds.

Duties of an Avian Veterinarian
  • Perform surgery, dress wounds, and set broken
  • Diagnose and vaccinate avian diseases.
  • Advise animal owners about the care and breeding
    of birds.
  • Inspect animals intended for consumption, both
    before and after they are slaughtered.
  • Teaching or conducting research on animal and
    human diseases.

Becoming an Avian Veterinarian
  • An avian veterinarian must enjoys working with
    birds and be able to deal with pets and their
  • One must be patient and perceptive with sound
    business skills.
  • Some work will be done with groups of people
    while some will be done individually so the
    ability to work in either environment is needed.
  • One must also be able to work quickly and

  • Prospective veterinarians must graduate from a
    4-year program at an accredited college of
    veterinary medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary
    Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree and obtain a
    license to practice.
  • Applicants to vet school must pass the Veterinary
    College Admissions Test, the Medical College
    Admission Test, or the Graduate Record
  • Subscribe to journals of veterinary medicine to
    increase general knowledge.
  • Participate in clubs such as 4-H where you can
    participate in Poultry judging and other avian
  • Work a summer or part-time job as an assistant to
    an avian veterinarian.

  • Median annual earnings of veterinarians were
    63,090 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned
    between 49,050 and 85,770. The lowest 10
    percent earned less than 38,000, and the highest
    10 percent earned more than 123,370.
  • The average annual salary for veterinarians in
    the Federal Government in non-supervisory,
    supervisory, and managerial positions was 72,208
    in 2003.
  • Employment of veterinarians is expected to
    increase faster than the average for all
    occupations through the year 2012.
  • As pets are increasingly viewed as a member of
    the family, pet owners will be more willing to
    spend increasing amounts on advanced veterinary
    medical care, creating more demand for

Related Careers
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Poultry Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Zoologist

Career Resources
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners 530
Church Street, Suite 700 Nashville, TN,
37219 Internet http//
American Veterinary Medical Association 1931
North Meacham Road, Suite 100 Schaumburg,
Illinois 60173-4360 Internet http//
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