AAVAC Ltd. Conference 29-30 NOvember 2018





Lauren Powers DVM, DABVP (Avian, ECM)

Lauren Powers currently serves as President of AAV, and is our Invited Speaker.  She is Service Head, Avian and Exotic Pet Service, Carolina Veterinary Specialists.  She graduated with Honours from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and completed a residency in Non-domestic Avian Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) (1995-1997).  She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM (from 2008), and is Board-Certified in both Avian Medicine (ABVP-Avian Practice - since 1997) and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine (ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammal Practice - since 2012).  Dr. Powers has written more than twenty scientific journal articles and book chapters. Her areas of special interest are avian and exotic critical care, emergency medicine and neurologic diseases. .

Testing your nerves - The avian neurologic exam
One bite actually COULD kill you - Foodborne toxicoses
Treatment of beak and skull injuries in psittacine birds
Superficial chronic ulcerative dermatitis (SCUD) in psittacine birds


Lindell Andrews, BSc (Hons), MBA, Cert (Captive Vertebrate Management)

Lindell is a Biosecurity Officer, Pest Animals in the Invasive Species Unit of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions. She focuses on the prevention, detection and response for new incursive vertebrates, but is also involved in the management and control of established pest animals. Prior to this, Lindell worked at Healesville Sanctuary, London Zoo and Adelaide Zoo in roles such as animal keeper, veterinary nurse, conservation officer and species management officer. Prior to her current role, she worked as a wildlife ecologist with a focus on the impacts of pest animals on native fauna and flora. She has been involved with a number of reintroduction programs, including the return of scarlet macaws to south-west Costa Rica in 2004-05. And for something a little different, Lindell also spent some time working with hunt thoroughbreds at one of the English Royal estates. 



The management of introduced birds in South Australia


Hamish Baron BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Avian Health)

Hamish has just completed his residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney, and under supervision at the University of Queensland and Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service. He is currently completing his PhD developing a novel treatment modality for use against Macrorhabdus ornithogaster infection.
M. ornithogaster: Amphotericin B treatment, trials and tribulations


Melinda Cowan BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS(Avian Medicine) MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)

Melinda is the head veterinarian for the Avian and Exotics department at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney. She became a Fellow in Avian medicine in 2016 after completing a residency at Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service and in 2017 also gained membership in Unusual Pet medicine and surgery. Melinda has also worked with Australian wildlife and been involved in the management of domestic birds and reptiles at the RSPCA Queensland.

Diagnosis of T-cell lymphoma in a cockatiel


Lorenzo Crosta, Med Vet, PhD, Dipl. ECZM (Zoo Health Management) GP Cert (Exotic Animal Practice)

Director of the Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital, University of Sydney, Camden NSW.  Graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1989, and received his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, from the University of Turin in 2009.  After working in practice for 10 years, he  took the position of Veterinary Director at the Loro Parque, in Tenerife (Spain), from 2000, until mid-2005.  Since then he has been working as an avian practitioner and as a consulting veterinarian for various zoos and bird collections in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.  He has been twice Chairman of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarian and the President of the Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians (SIVAE) and is still cooperating with national and international journals and has published several papers and book chapters.  His main interests are related to bird conservation, bird breeding and diseases related to avian fertility.


Avian Endoscopy - Workshop

Medical management of an avian collection


Bob Doneley BVSc FANZCVS (Avian Medicine) CMAVA

Bob Doneley has been a clinician for 36 years, the last 8 of which have been working for the UQ School of Veterinary Science as a clinical academic. He is now an Associate Professor and has published two books on avian medicine, one of which is in its second edition and has been translated into German. He has been an specialist in avian medicine since 2003, and was one of the founders of the AAVAC in 1989.

Spinal abnormalities in parrots


Todd Driggers DVM
Graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  Operates the first and largest practice in Arizona dedicated exclusively to the care of exotic animals (Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Arizona), also known as the “Foothills Mobile Exotic DVM” since 1996.  Has published on exotic animal medicine and has been a speaker on avian behaviour, flight mechanics, and surgery.


Computed tomography in avian species.

Flight mechanics and evolving philosophy - implications for long term health



Anne Fowler BSc (Vet)( Hons) BVSc MANZCVS (Avian Health, Wildlife Health, Unusual Pet Medicine)


Anne graduated from the Sydney University after completing a BSC (Hons) investigating vitamin D metabolism in marsupials. Further qualifications include Membership in the ANZCVS in the following: Avian Health, Medicine of Australian Wildlife and the Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets.

After working in a variety of roles, Anne came to South Australia in 2014 and in 2016, she opened the Adelaide Bird and Exotics Vet Centre, Adelaide’s first bird/exotics-only vet clinic. Patients seen include birds, reptiles, small mammals, and wildlife held under permit or in rehabilitation.


Nutritional requirements of juvenile Australian waterfowl


Matt Gosbell BVSc, MANZCVS (Avian Health)

Matt graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1994.  After working in dairy medicine and spending time overseas, he settled in small animal medicine, eventually coming to Springvale Animal Hospital (now part of the Greencross network) in Melbourne where he is Veterinary Director.  He has been teaching Caged and Aviary Medicine at The University of Melbourne for ten years and also teaches at polytechnic to Veterinary Nurses.  He became a member of the ANZVC in 2008, has presented and written many articles, seminars and webinars on avian medicine and surgery, he is presently undertaking a residency program to complete his fellowship in avian medicine.  Matt is a keen cyclist and family man with a wife and two young children.

Routine ultrasound of the reproductive system of the backyard chicken.


Courtney Hulbert BAppSc BVSc (Hons). MANZCVS (Avian Health)

Courtney graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2012 and began her career in mixed practice, while dedicating her weekly day off from full-time work in a second role at an Avian only clinic in Melbourne.  She then commenced work at U-Vet Werribee Victoria in 2015.  She has membership in ANZCVS (Avian Medicine and Surgery) and also has a strong interest in pocket pet medicine. Courtney contributes to the fields of avian and unusual pet medicine through the teaching component of her role at the University Veterinary Hospital in clinical, practical and lecture based settings.

Multi-organ undifferentiated neoplasia in an Indian Runner Duck


Kathryn Johnson DVM

Kathryn is currently completing a residency in wildlife and zoo animal medicine at the Wildbase Hospital (Massey University) and Wellington Zoo, New Zealand. She originally hails from Adelaide where she completed her veterinary studies in 2014, and since then has worked in mixed practice with some exotic/wildlife components in both Adelaide and New Zealand. While practicing in New Zealand, she also worked with yellow-eyed penguins, the subject of her current Masters project. In addition, she has undertaken casual work for the Adelaide Bird and Exotics Vet, and volunteered in the Adelaide Zoo Veterinary Department, prior to starting her residency. She plans to sit for her ANZCVS (Avian Medicine and Surgery) exams in 2020.



Marine predation injuries in Yellow-eyed penguins


Kathy Luk BVSc

Kathy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BVSc (Hons) in 2013. She spent a few years working in small animal and shelter medicine before starting training in veterinary anatomical pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2016. She has a passion for all things avian, including avian pathology. Her interest includes caring for her birds at home and bush walking.

Survey of avian neoplasms In Melbourne, Australia


Ashe Mooney B.S. Evolutionary Anthropology

Ashe has a B.S degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and is a final year DVM student at the University of Melbourne.  She has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute Research Center 2012-2014, on the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project from 2016, at the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia from 2015 and has gained work experience at various veterinary practices.  She has a journalism  background and on graduation hopes to use her communication skills and veterinary knowledge to further her exposure to small animal and avian medicine.

Osteoporosis in captive birds


 Melinda Noble BVSc (Hons)


 Melinda is a Veterinary Officer in the Avian and Bee Unit in the Animal Biosecurity Branch of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. She is part of a small team responsible for the biosecurity risks of imported avians and bees, both products and live animals, and the export of live avians and bees. Melinda has also worked in other areas of the department and in the past as a small animal veterinarian in clinical practice and a wildlife veterinarian in an animal shelter.



Risk analysis: Importation of psittacine birds


Annabelle Olsson PhD BVSc MSc MANZCVSc

Annabelle graduated from Sydney University in 1985.  After a few years in mixed practice she established herself in Cairns. In 1993 she established the first wildlife rehabilitation group in the Cairns region and opened Boongarry Vet Services to provide veterinary services to wildlife carers, zoos and aquaria. In 2001 she purchased a small animal clinic to help fund this pro bono work and ran this busy practice for ten years. In 2014 Annabelle opened a dedicated avian, reptile, wildlife and exotics practice which extends throughout far north Queensland. She is a sentinel clinic for Wildlife Health Australia, and on the board of both the Australian Conservation Biology SIG and the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland.

A diagnostic approach to the low body weight avian patient


David N. Phalen BA DVM, PhD

David earned his BA at the University of Chicago, his DVM from Cornell University and his PhD from Texas A&M University.  He has been an avian practitioner for 35 years and has spent the last 30 years studying the epizootiology, diagnosis, and control of diseases of aviary, companion and wild birds and has published extensively in this field. More recently he has expanded his interests to include the ecology and diseases of frogs, koalas, flying foxes and reptiles. A member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians since 1983,.he is currently in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. He received the Excellence in Avian Research Award from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and was awarded the TJ Lafeber Practitioner of the Year in 2009.

Making a scientific presentation: you can do it! 


Shane Raidal BVSc (Syd) PhD (Syd) FACVSc (Avian Health) DipECZM (Wildlife Health)

Shane is a comparative pathologist with interests in a wide range of invertebrate and vertebrate species. After graduation in 1989 from the University of Sydney he worked in private practice and then enrolled as a PhD student.  He completed his PhD on psittacine beak and feather disease in 1994. He then moved to Murdoch University to take a position in Veterinary Pathology within the Division of Veterinary and Biomedical Science.  He created the BirdMed discussion list one of the first email discussion lists with a current international readership of over 400 subscribers. In 2006 he accepted the inaugural position of Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at Charles Sturt University and head of the Veterinary Pathobiology Discipline group. He has co-authored more than 200 publications.  He is currently Secretary on the AAVAC Ltd Board.

Updates on avian viruses
Case studies and review of storage diseases in birds


Alex Rosenwax BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Avian Health)

Since graduating in 1991, Alex has worked in all birds and exotics practice for over 20 years. In 1996 he became a Member of the College of Veterinary Scientists (Avian Health). Since 1998 Alex has run a bird, reptile, fish and small exotics mammal service. The clinic sees primary accession and second opinion cases. The clinic now has three associate veterinarians.   Alex teaches the post graduate Time-Online courses on fish and avian medicine for Continuing Veterinary Education. He has been a primary author on over 25 peer reviewed journal and conference papers on birds, reptiles and small exotic mammals.

Trichotillomania and the management of the chronic habitual feather picking parrot


Michelle Sutherland BSc (Hons) BVM&S, MANZCVS. (Avian Health), Cert AVP (ZooMed) MRCVS

Prior to university Michelle worked as a wildlife researcher in both the UK and Africa. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh, having first completed a degree in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. She then worked in the UK for a few years before moving to Australia in 2012. She achieved Memberships in Avian Health in 2014 and the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) in Zoological Medicine in 2015. Michelle has completed a residency in Avian Medicine, and is working towards obtaining Fellowship and AVBP qualifications. She is currently working as an avian and exotics veterinarian in Melbourne.

Disease screening in wild Victorian psittacine birds


Shangz Xie BSc/BVMS, MVS (Conservation Medicine)

Shangz was born in Singapore, moved to Perth, graduated from Murdoch University in 2008 and went straight to work in a rabbit-focused exotic pet practice, whilst enrolling in a Masters degree in Conservation Medicine. In 2009 he moved to Chicago to work in a corporate-owned general practice. In 2011 he moved to Adelaide to study for a PhD on the effects of heat stress on Australian desert birds. Here he set up an exotic pet department in a local specialist/referral hospital.  After juggling research and clinical work for five years, he moved back to Singapore to take up a position with Wildlife Reserves Singapore, where he is now back on the sunny island with his wife and two sons.


Bornavirus control in a large psittacine collection