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Association of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee Advancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship.

AAVAC Committees

Association of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee

Animal Welfare Committee

(James Harris)

  • Examples of issues that would be considered by this committee are:
  • Form and Chair a committee of two additional AAVAC members, who will address avian welfare issues as they arise.
  • Contact for issues pertaining to the welfare of birds and professional conduct of AAVAC members
    1. anaesthesia
    2. euthanasia
    3. sale of unweaned birds
    4. sale of birds at markets
    5. wing trimming
    6. raptor rehabilitation
    7. other welfare issues as they arise.
  • Liaise regularly with AAVAC Directors via the AAVAC Secretary
  • Provide an Annual Report for inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM

Research Committee

(Bob Doneley)

  • Head the Research Committee consisting of two additional AAVAC members, one an avian veterinary academic and the other a clinical avian veterinarian.
  • Advertise the AAVAC Research Fund and receive applications
  • Assess applications with the Research Committee. Has deciding vote if the other  Committee members cannot agree
  • Submit Research Committee recommendation(s) to AAVAC Secretary
  • Advise successful /unsuccessful applicants after AAVAC Directors endorse applicant(s)
  • Monitor the progress of research projects
  • Liaise regularly with AAVAC Directors via the AAVAC Secretary
  • Provide an Annual Report for inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM

Developing Nations Grant/ Scholarship Committee

(Alex Rosenwax)

  • Coordinator of the developing nations grant/scholarship which is shared between AAVAC, ANZCVS Avian Health Chapter and UPAV on a rotating basis
  • Form a Committee consisting of two additional AAVAC members, a clinical avian veterinarian and an avian academic.
  • Advertise the Scholarship and  receive applications. Copy advertisement to AAVAC Secretary.
  • Chairperson is the point of contact for applicants and successful applicant
  • Forward eligible applicants to Committee members who will assess them and select one candidate.
  • Has deciding vote if the two Committee members cannot agree
  • Submit Committee recommendation to AAVAC Secretary
  • Inform successful and unsuccessful candidates after AAVAC Directors endorse decision Provide an Annual Report for inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM

New Zealand AAVAC Representative

(Melanie Leech)

  • Liaise regularly with AAVAC Directors via the AAVAC Secretary
  • Provide an Annual Report for inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM
  • Provide topics of interest from NZ for the AAVAC Newsletter.
  • Encourage membership of the AAVAC and participation in the BirdMed and AAVAC forums, and  encourage development of the avian veterinary field in NZ
  • Ensure that the NZVA are aware that there are members of AAVAC in NZ

AAVAC Student Liaison

(Anthony Chamings)

  • Liaise regularly with AAVAC Directors via the AAVAC Secretary
  • Encourage student membership of the AAVAC and participation in the BirdMed and AAVAC forums
  • Formulate selection guidelines, and select applicants for undergraduate and postgraduate student prizes
  • Provide an Annual Report for  inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM

AAVAC Liaison with AAV

(James Harris)

  • Liaise regularly with AAVAC Directors via the AAVAC Secretary
  • Provide an Annual Report for inclusion in the Agenda for the next AAVAC AGM

Newsletter Editor

(Garry Cross)

  • Produce a Newsletter four times annually