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January 01, 2020

Association of Avian Veterinarians

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Dr. Crosta
Dr. Lorenzo Crosta
Dr. Carpenter
Dr. James Carpenter
Dr. Quesenberry
Dr. Katherine Quesenberry


Annual meeting, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2019, St. Louis


Dr. T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award
Dr. Lorenzo Crosta, Camden, Australia. Dr. Crosta received his veterinary degree in 1989 from the University of Milan. He is an associate professor of avian and zoological medicine at the University of Sydney and director of the Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital in Camden. Dr. Crosta has served as the veterinary director of Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, and consulted with the Brazilian government for the Spix’s macaw and Lear’s macaw recovery programs. He is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in zoo health management.

AAV Lifetime Membership Award
Drs. James Carpenter (Oklahoma State ’74), Manhattan, Kansas, and Katherine Quesenberry (Georgia ’81), New York. A diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, Dr. Carpenter is a clinical veterinarian and serves as a professor of exotic pet, wildlife, and zoological medicine at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the editor of “Exotic Animal Formulary” and co-editor of “Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery.” Dr. Carpenter serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and is a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. He has served as president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, AAV, and ACZM. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian practice, Dr. Quesenberry is head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service and chief medical officer at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She serves on the editorial board and is a contributing editor of the Merck Veterinary Manual and is co-editor of “Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery.” Dr. Quesenberry served as scientific editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery for almost 25 years.

Donald W. Zantop Memorial Lecture Honoree
Dr. Olivia Petritz, Raleigh, North Carolina, for “Pharmacokinetics of oral and intravenous administration of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole in Rhode Island red chickens”

Student Manuscript Contest Award
Molly Horgan, University of California-Davis, for “Pharmacokinetics of a single dose of oral meloxicam in brown pelicans”

House Officer Manuscript Contest Award
Dr. Trinita Barboza, University of Guelph, for “Effects of perching surfaces and foot bandaging on weight loading on the central metatarsal foot pad of the peregrine falcon”

Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 2018-2019 Best Clinical Report, sponsored by Lafeber Company
Dr. Rachel M. Baden, Saratoga, California, for “Diagnosis and treatment of a Swainson’s toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) with rhinosinusitis”

Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 2018-2019 Best Original Research, sponsored by Lafeber Company
Dr. Brett G. Darrow, Jacksonville, Florida, for “Ex vivo biomechanical comparison of titanium locking plate, stainless steel nonlocking plate, and tie-in external fixator applied by a dorsal approach on ostectomized humeri of pigeons (Columba livia)”

Research Grant Award 
Avian health: Dr. Christoph Mans, University of Wisconsin-Madison, received $5,276.80 for “Evaluation of the effects of midazolam, diazepam, and mirtazapine on food intake in budgerigars”; and Dr. Dana Franzen-Klein, University of Minnesota, received $5,000 for “Reference ranges for blood lactate levels in captive raptors.” Wild bird health: Dr. Miguel Saggese, Western University of Health Sciences, received $5,000 for “Vultures as sentinels of lead ammunition banning in Southern California.”

AAV President’s Service Appreciation Award
Dr. Christal Pollock, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Brandy Nicoll, Oakley, California

Dr. Mackey
Dr. Elizabeth B. Mackey
Dr. Zehnder
Dr. Ashley Zehnder


Drs. Elizabeth B. Mackey, Athens, Georgia, president; Ashley Zehnder, Newark, California, president-elect; Byron de la Navarre, Chicago, treasurer; and Yvonne van Zeeland, Utrecht, Netherlands, immediate past president and conference chair