Association of Avian Veterinarians – August 20-24, 2023
The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) held its annual meeting at ExoticsCon 2023 from August 20-24 in Boston.
Dr. T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award
Dr. Michelle Hawkins (Pennsylvania '97), Davis, California. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian practice, Dr. Hawkins is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She also directs the California Raptor Center and serves as an associate director of the One Health Institute Leadership Team at UC-Davis. Dr. Hawkins is senior editor of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. She has served on the AAV executive board and advisory council and is a past member of several of the association’s committees.
Research Grant Awards
Avian health: Dr. Jennifer Langan, University of Illinois and the Chicago Zoological Society, received $9,630 for "Development of novel techniques for diagnosis and treatment of Macrorhabdus Ornithogaster in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)." Wild bird: Dr. David Roberts, Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, received $5,000 for "Antibiotic resistance and treatment plans for wounds for African penguins admitted for rehabilitation."
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 2022-2023 Best Original Research, sponsored by Lafeber Company
Drs. Hugues Beaufrère, Davis, California, and Darren Wood, Guelph, Ontario, for "Comparison of lipoprotein analysis using gel-permeation high-performance liquid chromatography and a biochemistry analyzer in normolipidemic and dyslipidemic Quaker parrots (Myiopsitta monachus)"
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 2022-2023 Best Clinical Report, sponsored by Lafeber Company
Drs. Ashton J. Hollwarth, Swindon, England; Maya C. Esmans, Fremantle, Australia; Annika Herrmann, Bristol, England; and Dr. Thomas A.G. Dutton, Swindon, England, for "Heterotopic ossification bone formation in the frontal bones of an African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus)"
AAV House Officer Manuscript Awards
Dr. Mariana Sosa-Higareda, University of California–Davis, for "High bioavailability, short half-life, and metabolism into hydromorphone-3-glucuronide following single intramuscular and intravenous administration of hydromorphone hydrochloride to great horned owls (Bubo virginianus)," and Dr. Kelsey Trumpp, University of Georgia, for "Effect of capromorelin (Entyce) on appetite and weight gain of domestic pigeons (Columba livia domestica)"
AAV Lifetime Membership Awards
Dr. Greg Harrison, South Palm Beach, Florida; Linda Harrison, South Palm Beach, Florida; Dr. Susan Clubb, Loxahatchee, Florida; and Dr. Robert Groskin, Teaneck, New Jersey
AAV President's Awards
Dr. Nicole Becich, Martinez, California; David Higson, Aldan, Pennsylvania; and Dr. Salina Locke, Raleigh, North Carolina
AAV Outstanding Service Awards
Drs. Byron de la Navarre, Chicago; Christina Knight, Jamison, Pennsylvania; Susan Tyson, Philadelphia; Julia Shakeri, North Haven, Connecticut; Ernesto Dominguez, Chesterfield, Virginia; and Patricia Latas, Tucson, Arizona
Drs. Stephanie Lamb, Phoenix, president; Jennifer Graham, Phoenix, president-elect; Len Donato, Wayne, Pennsylvania, treasurer; and Anna Osofsky, Carrollton, Texas, immediate past president and conference chair
A version of this story appears in the December 2023 print issue of JAVMA.