WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Birds are unique creatures. So, even though they make darling pets, to actually have one under your roof and being responsible for its well-being can be a tiring task. I know since I have Gouldians.
They are not like other animals. Take cats for example; If you have known one cat, you have known all of them. Anatomically they are all very alike and hence require similar care. Birds, on the other hand, have a thousand species between them and each has its own distinctive characteristics. So treating one type of bird for a certain disease involves completely different medical procedures than treating another type.The American board of Veterinary Practitioners is tasked with handing out certificates to these doctors. The Association of Avian Veterinarians is a potentially resourceful pool of such doctors.
Finding a qualified vet that specializes in avian care can be a daunting task. The yellow page directories in your locality can be a good start in locating one.
Now, you would want to determine whether the doctor that you hire to treat your precious pet is good enough, so there are certain things you need to determine.
Is the vet board-certified? The American board of Veterinary Practitioners is tasked with handing out certificates to these doctors. The Association of Avian Veterinarians is a potentially resourceful pool of such doctors.
However it’s not necessary that the vet is certified by the board or be a member of the association. Most have years of hands-on experience without having such certifications. So it’s up to you to ask them the right questions.
How long have they been practicing avian medicine? How many birds have they successfully treated?
Are they familiar with the different species of birds and the unique medical procedures they require? Test them on this to see if they’re being truthful.
In case of emergencies, would they be available to tend to your bird? In other words, do they provide an on-call service?
Acquaint you with their clinic. is it clean? Is it hygienic? Have they taken the necessary steps to provide the best and safest conditions in which to care for the animals? Do they have the necessary tools and equipment?
Their fees can be quite high so try to make sure you can afford it before you get into a contract of any kind.
Try to observe the vet’s body language in relation to the bird. Do they seem comfortable and steady or are they fumbling around or second guessing themselves at every opportunity.