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Dear Professor Parrot,
What is the difference between an Avian Veterinarian and a Board Certified Avian Veterinarian?

The source of this information was found at:
Birds n Ways
  Guide to Parrots and Exotic Pet Birds

An "avian veterinarian" is someone who is willing to treat birds;any
veterinarian can call him/herself an avian veterinarian.  A "certified avian veterinarian" is one who has obtained certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).
Certification is given by the ABVP and includes documentation of six years of significant avian practice experience or a formal residency plus scientific papers, plus a rigorous series of examinations.
There are certainly quite a number of competent/excellent avian veterinarians in North America and elsewhere who are not yet certified.  Many of these veterinarians belong to the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV).

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