12-04-2016, 08:53 AM
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
Distinction between an Avian Vet and a Vet that "Will See Birds"
Having your new budgie examined by an Avian Vet allows you to develop a good relationship with the vet in case your bird needs care for an injury or illness in the future. Additionally, it is always helpful for the vet to have a baseline for your bird to refer to should it need future treatment.
When it is impossible to find a certified Avian Vet, then the next best option is to choose a vet (generally termed an "Exotic Vet" who is experienced in dealing with small birds.
For people in countries with little to no vets available, they must resort to working with a regular vet.
Often the regular vet can consult with an Avian Specialist at a University, Zoo or even in another country should the circumstances warrant doing so.