February 01, 2017


 Association of Avian Veterinarians

​Posted Jan. 19, 2017

Dr. Gregory Rich ​Dr. Patrick Redig ​Dr. Robert E. Schmidt

​Dr. Michelle Hawkins ​Dr. Lauren V. Powers
Event: Annual meeting, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2016, Portland, Oregon
Awards: Dr. T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award: Dr. Gregory Rich (Louisiana State ’85), Metairie, Louisiana, for advancing avian medicine and surgery while providing inspiration and showing compassion. Dr. Rich owns Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana. He has served multiple terms as president of the Southeast Louisiana VA and was a member of the AAV board of directors from 1995-98. Honorary Lifetime Membership Award: Drs. Patrick Redig (Minnesota ’74), St. Paul, Minnesota, and Robert E. Schmidt (California ’62), Anthem, Arizona. Dr. Redig is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the veterinary college. He is also the founder and director emeritus of the university’s Raptor Center. Dr. Redig served as treasurer of the AAV from 2015-16. Dr. Schmidt practices part time at Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service in Carmichael, California. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and co-authored “Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds.” Speaker of the Year: Dr. Natalie Antinoff (Wisconsin-Madison ’92), Houston. Dr. Antinoff serves as director of the avian and exotic specialty at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian practice). Dr. Antinoff was chosen as the favorite speaker from the 2015 AAV meeting. Donald W. Zantop Memorial Lecture Honoree: Dr. Marike Visser, Auburn, Alabama, for “Interpreting a Pharmacokinetic Study: Applying Research in the Clinic.” Student Manuscript Contest Award: Sarah Ozawa, Knoxville, Tennessee, for “Stifle disarticulation as a pelvic limb amputation technique in a cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) and a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).” House Officer Manuscript Competition Award: Dr. Noemie Summa, Davis, California, for “Evaluation of the effects of 4.7 mg deslorelin
acetate implants on egg laying in cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus).” Research Grant Award: Drs. Yvonne van Zeeland, Utrecht, Netherlands, for “Therapeutic efficacy of paroxetine in feather damaging grey parrots,” and Emma Schachner, New Orleans, for “Lower respiratory system anatomy of the African grey parrot”
Officials: Drs. Michelle Hawkins, Davis, California, president; Lauren V. Powers, Huntersville, North Carolina, president-elect; Michael Lutz, Nashville, Tennessee, treasurer; and  Kenneth Welle, Urbana, Illinois, immediate past president and conference chair