Avian Medicine | Centre for Veterinary Education

Avian Medicine

Avian consults can be difficult and often present as an emergency because owners do not understand normal bird behaviour nor 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 and 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

  • 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 Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Have a better basic knowledge and understanding of the husbandry and common illnesses in birds

  • Have a better knowledge and understanding of the diagnostic tests available and 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

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs, videos and case studies

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Tuesday 2 - Monday 29 October 2018
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. The bird & exotics veterinary service is based in Waterloo, Sydney and with 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$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au to register.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.