The Association of Avian Veterinarians was established in 1980. The Association membership is comprised of veterinarians from private practice, zoos, universities and industry, as well as allied personnel, technicians and students. Prior to 1987, Associate membership was open to all individuals with an interest in avian medicine. All Associate members, keeping their membership current, have been allowed to continue their membership in the Association.
Bird owners are educated in the responsible care of their charges.
Companion birds are perceived as valuable, intelligent and attractive pets.
Pet bird ownership is encouraged through increased availability of captive-bred birds.
Species and their natural habitats are preserved.
All companion birds are propagated domestically under conditions to ensure an optimum quality of life.
Avian practitioners increase their competence and confidence in their knowledge and skills.
Birds and the public benefit from communication and interaction between veterinarians and the suppliers of birds and avian products.
The Association of Avian Veterinarians possesses the resources, respect, credibility and influence needed to accomplish its mission.