European Association of Avian Veterinarians

Board

John Chitty, President

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Michael Lierz, Vice- President

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Dominik Fischer, Secretary

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Anne Piepenbring, Treasurer

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European Association of Avian Veterinarians

Advisory Board

Andres Montesinos, Chair of Advisory Board read more...

María Ardiaca, Webmaster  read more...

Mandy Carnarius, Student Liaison read more...

Luisa Ziegler, Newsletter Editor & Journal Officer read more...

Lorenzo Crosta, Officer of education read more...

Rüdiger Korbel read more...

Steve Smith read more...

Stefka Curd read more...


John Chitty. President

 

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. John Chitty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000. He is Co-Director of a small animal / exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire with a 100% avian/ exotics/ small mammal caseload- referral and first opinion. He is consultant to five zoological collections, a commercial laboratory and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project. Furthermore he is Co-editor of two texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine, as well as author of various book chapters and papers on a range of species. He is President of European Association of Avian Veterinarians and on editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. Moreover he is Junior Vice-President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

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Michael Lierz, Vice-President

Michael Lierz graduated in Hannover, Germany and earned his doctorate title by thesis from the University of Berlin (“Freie Universität Berlin”), Germany working on diseases and rehabilitation of raptors. After being 4 years the director of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Research Hospital in the United Arab Emirates he returned to the Free University of Berlin in 2001, working as a scientific assistant. In 2009 he moved to the University of Giessen as the director of the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish. He holds the European Diplomate status of the European College of Zoological medicine, the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science, and the RCVS Diplomate status in Zoological Medicine (avian). In Germany he holds the specialist status in Poultry- and Avian Medicine, in Zoo- and Wildlife Medicine, in Microbiology, and in Species Conservation.

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Dominik Fischer, Secretary

Dominik graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany in 2009. Previous to his studies he worked as falconer in different German birds of prey centres and wildlife parks. During his studies he was employed as student assistant in the Clinic for Poultry and in the Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, pet and feral Birds of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. In addition, he completed several international internships and practical courses in avian and wildlife animal medicine and surgery. Since April 2009 he is working as veterinarian in the Bird of Prey Center Hellenthal, Germany and at the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. His current research focus is on assisted reproduction in birds and reptiles and infectious diseases in birds of prey. Since 2013 Dominik is part of the ICARE Steering Committee and of the EAAV board, actually as EAAV secretary. Since 2015 Dominik is a Resident of the European College of Zoological Medicine subspecialty Wildlife Population Health.

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Anne Piepenbring, Treasurer

Anne Piepenbring graduated in 2009 in Giessen, Germany and worked in the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish in Giessen until 2013. Afterwards, she worked in several veterinary practices as an assistant before she started working in a small animal practice in Cologne, Germany in 2014. There she heading the department for exotic animals. Since 2013 she holds the German specialization in “poultry and avian medicine”. With the topic of her doctoral thesis “Parro

t Avian Bornavirus in cockatiels” she won the student session award of the 11th European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV) Conference, Madrid, Spain. Since April 2015 she is a Board Member of the EAAV.

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Andres Montesinos, Chair of Advisory Board

Andres graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain in 1992. Having a special interest in exotics since his student years, Andres performed internships in several zoological collections, rehabilitation centres and clinics dedicated to exotic pet medicine. During 1992-1994 he participated in the rehabilitation project of the white stork in Madrid. Currently he is the owner and director of CV Los Sauces in Madrid. (www.cvsauces.com). Andres is an active member of the AAV since 1991, ARAV, AEMV and AEZV. He is also scientific committee member of GMCAE-AVEPA and several scientific journals of Spain. Well known in Spain for his dedication to exotic pets medicine, he is often participating as speaker and lecturer in congresses and continuing education courses.

 

 

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María Ardiaca, Webmaster 

Maria graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain in 2002. During her student years she was an active member and president of AVAFES-Madrid (Veterinary Association for the Exotic and Wild Animals Care) and volunteered at the Wildlife Hospital of GREFA. As a veterinarian, Maria worked with one of the rescue teams during the Prestige Oil Spill in 2002-2003. Since 2003 she is staff veterinarian at the Veterinary Centre Los Sauces in Madrid entirely specialized in exotic pets medicine (www.cvsauces.com). Maria was also a board member of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and is a scientific committee member of the GMCAE - AVEPA (Spanish Association of Small Animals Veterinarians- Exotic pets medicine group). Maria is also an active member of the AAV (Association of Avian Veterinarians) and AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians).
Being accredited by AVEPA in exotic animal medicine, Maria participated as speaker and teacher in numerous national and international congresses and courses. She authored several popular and scientific articles.

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Mandy Carnarius, Student Liaison

Mandy graduated from the University of Berlin ("Freie Universität Berlin"), Germany, in 2004. During her studies she worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Poultry Diseases. There she finished her doctoral thesis "Comparative analysis of imaging techniques for the diagnosis of liver diseases in falcons in special consideration of amyloidosis" in 2009. In addition she did studies on thiamine deficiency in Northern Goshawks and gave student courses. After her thesis she worked as a veterinarian in a poultry farm for laying hens and also in the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Berlin, Germany, on a project about food safety. In 2010 she opened her mobile veterinary practice for birds in Berlin. She is also the consultant veterinarian for ACTP (Association for Conservation of Threatened Parrots), Berlin. Additionally, she still gives courses for students, animal keepers and veterinary assistants. Mandy holds the German specialist status in Poultry- and Avian Medicine and in Zoo- and Wildlife Birds and is a falconer. But still, she always tries to learn more from her avian vet colleagues and also tries to share her knowledge to intrigue students and other vets for this special kind of veterinary medicine.

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Luisa Ziegler, Newsletter Editor & Journal Officer

Luisa Ziegler graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2012. During her studies she worked at the Clinic for Birds and Reptiles as student assistant for two years. After graduation she started her doctoral thesis about mycoplasma in birds of prey at the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish of Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Luisa recently won
the Helga Gerlach Student Grant 2015 of the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV) at ICARE Conference in Paris, France in recognition and support of her research activities. Her research focus is on mycoplasma in different species of wild birds. Since 2015 Luisa is a Resident of the European College of Zoological Medicine subspecialty Wildlife Population Health. She is main editor of the EAAV Newsletter (since 2013) and in charge of the EAAV Journal.

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Lorenzo Crosta, Officer of Education

Lorenzo Crosta graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Milan and received his PhD from the University of Turin. He has been the veterinary director of the Loro Parque (Tenerife-Spain), the largest collection of parrots of the world, form 2000 to 2005. Since then, he is back to Italy, where he is mainly working as consultant for various zoos and bird collections. Besides Italy he is consultant of institutions in Spain, Portugal and Brazil, and teaches and lectures in several countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel. Furthermore, he is the official veterinarian of the recovery program of the Spix’s and Lear’s macaws, two of the most endangered bird species. He has been and is still cooperating with national and international journals and has published several papers and book chapters.
His practice (Veterinari Montevecchia, Italy), is an official residency training place for the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian specialty).

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Rüdiger Korbel

He studied veterinary medicine in Munich (1979 - 1984). After finalizing his post doc specialization including habilitation in 1996 at the Clinic for Birds, Munich, Germany, his professional appointments included serving as a guest professor at the Clinic for Poultry at the Vet. Med. University of Vienna, Austria (1998 - 1999) followed by an appointment as a associate professor at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, USA (1999 – 2003). Ever since he serves as the head and director of the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Ornamental Fish at the Center for Clinical Veterinary Medicine of the University Ludwig Maximilian of Munich, Germany. Prof. Korbel is a member of the EAAV since 1994, serving as the chairman of the period 2001 through 2003. His professional interests include imaging techniques and medical photography, orthopedics, anesthesiology and ophthal-mology with special emphasis on visual perception and animal welfare related aspects poultry keeping.

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Steve Smith

Steve graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2002 and completed an ECZM Internship/Residency Program from 2004-2008. He gained the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2006 and his ECZM Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Avian) in 2011. He currently works in a busy first opinion mixed practice in Buckinghamshire where runs the avian and exotic service. Steve’s main areas of interest are parrots and birds of prey.

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Stefka Curd

Stefka graduated from the University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria in 2000 and earned her doctorate title by thesis from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She completed an European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian specialty) Residency Program in 2010. From 2005 till 2009 she worked at the Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife of University of Zurich, Switzerland and from 2010 till 2012 at a small animal clinic in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Since 2012 she is working at "Bessy`s Small Animal Clinic” in Watt, Switzerland.

 

 

 

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