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Medical Center for Birds
The Medical Center for Birds is an avian-exclusive practice located in the east bay area of Northern California, providing the environment, equipment and recognized expertise to comfortably deliver excellent healthcare for avian species. This practice is unique, in that there are four full-time and one part-time veterinarian on staff, four of whom carry advanced training and certification in avian practice; all of whom are passionate about the consistent delivery of the highest standards of healthcare possible. All of the board certified veterinarians on our staff are primary and secondary authors of a number of peer-reviewed publications on topics within the discipline, and have contributed professional lectures and publications regularly as an extension of and part of their regular work.
Our founder, Dr. Brian Speer, is a recognized specialist in avian practice (ABVP) and European specialist in Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECZM) and is internationally recognized as an authoritative figure in bird medicine. Brian is co-author of The Large Macaws (1995) and Birds for Dummies (1999), recipient of the Lafeber award for practitioner of the year (2003) http://lafeber.com/t-j-lafeber-avian-practitioner-of-the-year/, and is the principle editor of Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, an approximately 800 page text projected to be released in late 2015. Brian is past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (1999-2000).
Dr. Geoff Olsen has several years of experience with companion and wild bird rehabilitation and is also certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice. Dr. Olsen's published research background has focused on iron storage disease in birds, and he is active on the research committee of the AAV and the examination committee of the ABVP. Geoff is principle author of the iron storage disease section of the text edited by Dr. Speer mentioned above.
Dr. Brenna Fitzgerald is also certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice, and is passionate in her interest in cardiology. Brenna is co-author of the cardiology section of the text edited by Dr. Speer mentioned above.
Dr. Nathaniel Kane has just completed his internship in avian practice with us, and looks to soon start his formal two year residency and pursuit of board certification in avian practice.
Dr. Scott Echols practices with us remotely, often performing surgical procedures on-site in a number of different locations and practices. Dr. Echols is also a recognized specialist in avian practice (ABVP), and a recognized international authority in a number of avian medicine and surgery topics, including but not limited to enrichment, captive foraging, soft tissue surgery, and renal disease. Scott is past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (2007-2008) and recipient of the Lafeber award for practitioner of the year (2005) http://lafeber.com/t-j-lafeber-avian-practitioner-of-the-year/, and is contributing principal author of the nutriceutical and renal disease sections of the text edited by Dr. Speer mention above. Scott is the primary researcher of the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project based in Salt Lake City. A link to this exciting project is provided here: http://www.avianstudios.com/the-grey-parrot-anatomy-project/