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Avian Medicine

Avian Medicine

Avian consults can be difficult and often present as an emergency because owners do not understand normal bird behaviour or cannot recognise key symptoms that might indicate an important underlying problem.

In this course you will review and update your knowledge of avian anatomy, physiology and husbandry; handling and examination techniques; the collection of diagnostic samples; emergency procedures and housing; interpreting avian biochemistry and making the most of other in-house pathology; special requirements of avian radiography and common problems and syndromes.

The course will review when and which medication and/or surgical procedures may be necessary, once a diagnosis has been reached. Avian cases may often seem complex at first glance. This course aims to give you the knowledge and skills to approach them with confidence and give your patients the maximum chance of a successful outcome.

Learning objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will have better knowledge and understanding of:
• Bird husbandry
• Common illnesses in birds
• The diagnostic tests available
• Treatment options


  1. Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Husbandry, Care and Advice
  3. Emergency Medicine and Care
  4. Handling and Examination
  5. Microscope Diagnosis
  6. Radiology
  7. Common Problems
  8. Biochemistry
  9. Common Syndromes


Tuesday 8 October - Monday 4 November 2019
Delivered Online


BVSc MACVSc (Avian Health)

Alex Rosenwax undertook his veterinary studies with the specific aim of working with birds. This desire stems from an early childhood love for and fascination with birds. After graduating from Veterinary Science in 1991, he successfully completed the Membership Exams for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in January 1996 and then established an all-bird & exotics veterinary service in Sydney. This service is based in Waterloo, Sydney has five vets and sees referrals as well as primary accession cases. Alex is dedicated to providing quality care and treatment for all birds & exotics including fish, reptiles and small exotic mammals. He has been author or co-author on over 20 papers on both birds and exotics in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members