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 and surgery. Brian is co-author of The Large Macaws (1995) and Birds for Dummies (1999), and is editor of Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, a 900 page veterinary text published by Elsevier in November 2016. Brian is recipient of the Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award (2003), Speaker of the Year award at the North American Veterinary Conference (2006), and Continuing Educator of the Year at the Western Veterinary Conference (2015). Brian is past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (1999-2000).
Dr. Geoff Olsen
Dr. Geoff Olsen graduated with his DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 2006, and has been with us since. Geoff has many years of experience with companion and wild bird rehabilitation and has been certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice, since completing his internship with us in 2007 and residency 2009. Dr. Olsen's published research background has focused on iron storage disease in birds, and he is active on the research and education committees of the AAV and the examination committee of the ABVP. Most recently, Geoff contributed to the recently published veterinary text, Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery published December 2015.
Dr. Brenna Fitzgerald
Dr. Brenna Fitzgerald graduated with her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 2007, and has been with us since 2009. She is also certified through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in avian practice, having completed her internship in with us 2009 and residency 2011. Brenna's main focus and passion is avian cardiology. Most recently, Brenna co-authored the cardiology section of Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery published December 2015.
Dr. Scott Echols
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), having completed his internship with us in 1997 and residency 1999. Scott is 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 Avian Practitioner Award (2005) and is contributing principal author of the nutriceutical and renal disease sections of the text edited by Dr. Speer mentioned above. Scott is the primary researcher of the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project based in Salt Lake City, which we have been involved with and continue to be so. A link to this exciting project is provided here.
Dr. Bianca Murphy
Dr. Bianca Murphy graduated with her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 2014, and is currently in her first year of her formal ABVP (avian practice) residency, after completing her internship with us from 2015-2016.
Dr. Athena Gianopoulos
Dr. Gianopoulos earned her veterinary degree from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010. Dr. Gianopoulos will be commencing her two year residency period approximately April 1st, 2019, with a goal to credential and examine for ABVP board specialty recognition (avian practice) in the fall, 2021.