EAAV Foundation and Basic Commitments

The Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) was established in 1980. In 1990 the European AAV members formed a self-reliant group named the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV) which is now independet and self-sustaining. EAAV is comprised of veterinarians from private practice, zoos, universities and industry, as well as allied personnel, technicians and students.


Mission Statement: The European Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

Slogan: "Advancing and promoting avian medicine and stewardship."

Purpose: Education of veterinary practitioners with an interest in avian medicine.


  • 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 European Association of Avian Veterinarians possesses the resources, respect, credibility and influence needed to accomplish its mission.

  • Research improves the knowledge about birds and avian medicine and helps to improve diagnostics, therapy, and prevention of diseases and species conservation of rare species.



Bird owners and stewards will understand the value of quality veterinary care Veterinarians and their organizations will pursue the preservation of species and their habitats There will be an increased number of veterinarians competent in avian medicine Avian veterinarians will continually enhance and refine their clinical and professional knowledge and skills Veterinarians and their clients as well as educators and researchers involved in avian medicine, will have access to appropriate, relevant technical information and insight EAAV will possess the credibility, respect, influence, and resources needed to accomplish its mission.


We are more grateful to our sponsors for the

EAAV - Gerlach-Gylstorff Fund





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