The bird-friendly practice

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The small animal clinician looking to expand their remit to include avian medicine requires a large amount of extra knowledge before they are able to provide the same level of primary care that they provide for dogs and cats. This chapter details the practice, personnel, training and CPD, referrals and economic considerations required to become a bird friendly practice.

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7.1 Birds should be transported to the clinic in a suitable carrier.
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7.2 Weighing a bird in the consulting room. Use of a small rubber mat placed over the scales would provide a non-slip surface making it easier for the bird. Less tractable birds will need to be weighed in a container, using the tare function on the scales.
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7.3 Capture from within the transport box using a towel. Note any holes that could catch the feet or wings.
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7.4 Critical care hospital cage with temperature and humidity control.
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7.5 A selection of smaller gavage feeding tubes.
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7.6 Fluid warmers are invaluable for keeping parenteral fluids at body temperature.
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7.7 A veterinary nurse demonstrating her avian handling skills. Nurse administering fluids by crop gavage.
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7.8 Cadge for the transport of falcons. Harris’ Hawk on the gauntlet controlled by the leash. This bird has severe wing tip oedema. Jesses with the leash threaded through in a bird with ulcerative pododermatitis (‘bumblefoot’). Goshawk wearing a tail guard.
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7.9 Clinical examination of a large and potentially dangerous bird, such as this Golden Eagle, requires expert handlers. Restraint of a Peregrine Falcon.
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7.10 Microsurgery wet lab at an Association of Avian Veterinarians conference.
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7.11 Referral may be required if the clinician is inexperienced or a case is complicated. Ring removal can be extremely difficult even with plastic rings as in this case. Correction of this beak deformity will require in-depth knowledge of the normal anatomy.
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