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We promote teaching about the health and welfare of parrots at all levels within the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Veterinary students: The School of Veterinary Medicine has incorporated Parrot Health into its core curriculum for all veterinary students. Throughout their four years of education, veterinary students have opportunities to learn about the unique anatomy, health needs and welfare issues of parrots.

Residency program: The School of Veterinary Medicine offers a three-year residency program to give veterinarians advanced, specialized training in parrot medicine. Residents, who successfully complete this program focused on companion birds and other non-traditional companion animals, can become board-certified specialists in zoological medicine.


Avian veterinarians are often limited by lack of knowledge of how ourpatients respond to therapies, possible side effects of therapies andwhat we can expect in terms of survival, particular when treatingcancer. In response to these needs, an online survey was designed byavian veterinarians at Stanford and UC Davis in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Clinical Informatics to start addressing these questions for one common avian cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

We are seeking your input for this database. Please complete our onlinesurvey about your SCC cases at In general the surveyshould take approximately 15 minutes to complete (but may take longerwith more complicated cases).

By combining cases from multiple practices, we can begin to obtainstatistically significant information on treatment outcomes for avianpatients with SCC. This information may be used in the future to helpclinicians guide therapy as well as to guide researchers to developclinical trials. The information obtained by this survey will be madepublicly available once enough data has been obtained for analysis.