EAAV Advisory Board

Rüdiger Korbel, Officer of Liaison with AAV

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 an 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. Rüdiger 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 ophthalm-ology with special emphasis on visual perception and animal welfare related aspects poultry keeping.

Stefka Curd, EAAV Webmaster

Stefka graduated from the University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2000 and earned her doctorate title by thesis from the University Zurich, Switzerland. She completed a 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 the University 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.

Helena Schneider, Officer for Education

Helena graduated in 2011 in Giessen, Germany and worked in the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish in Giessen until 2016. Since 2016 she holds the German specialization in avian medicine. With the topic of her doctoral thesis “Investigations on cryopreservation of psittacines semen” she won the second prize of the Helga Gerlach Student Prize of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV) at the the 1st International Conference on Avian, Herpetological and Exotic Mammal Medicine 2013 (ICARE) in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since 2016, she works in the Practice for Birds and Reptiles in Berlin, Germany, where she passionately cares for her patients. Since March 2017 she is a Member of the EAAV Advisory Board.

Sylvia Lieselotte Parmentier, Officer for the EAAV Gerlach-Gylstorff-Fund

Sylvia Lieselotte Parmentier is a veterinarian from Frankfurt, Germany. Following four semesters in biology with a focus on marine ecology, Sylvia studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo). During her studies Sylvia was mainly interested in exotic animal medicine and worked in the clinic for small mammals, reptiles and birds as a student assistant. Out of interest in wildlife and exotic animal medicine Sylvia went to Africa, Central America and the Caribbean during her studies, to learn from local veterinarians. After completing her studies, Sylvia worked for five years at the Clinic for Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish in Gießen and completed her veterinary specialty residency for economic, game- and ornamental fowl. In Gießen, she was particularly responsible for the education of student assistants. Sylvia is an active member of the working group of amphibian and reptile diseases which is a subgroup of the German Society of Herpetology and Herpetoculture. She is also a member of the poultry expert group which is a part of the German Corporation of Veterinarians and is regular attending their conferences. Sylvia lectures nationally and internationally, writes for specialist journals and works for LafeberVet as a translator.

Steve Smith, Officer of Liaison with ECZM

Steve graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2002 and completed   an   ECZM   Avian   Medicine and Surgery 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.  Until 2016 he led the avian and exotics service from a busy mixed practice in Buckinghamshire. Steve now works as the sole charge vet at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham where they care for over 10,000 British Wildlife cases per year. His main areas of interest are avian orthopaedics and wildlife/exotics legislation.

Bianca Bücking, Assessor 1 - Assitent of the Newsletter editor


Wiebke Tebrün, Assessor 2 - Assitent of the Treasurer

Susanna Mendes, Assessor 3 - Assistent of the Webmaster

Kari Lutro,  Assessor 4 - Assistent of the Secretary

Kari Lutro graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1991. Within her graduate and post-graduate education she conducted several avian and exotic animal externships and internships at veterinary universities and exotic referral hospitals in Europe and the US. She is practicing in a 100 % first opinion caseload covering avian, small mammals and reptiles at her own clinic located nearby Oslo and is - as referral expert – receiving pet birds and exotics from all over Norway on a regular basis. Kari is continuously developing and implementing education promoting avian and exotic animal health and welfare among veterinarians, zoo-trade and organizations, pet owners and state authorities, advancing and promoting avian and exotic animal health and welfare. She has been a visiting lecturer at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in the field of avian and exotic medicine and surgery. Additionally she is a veterinary advisor within the Ethical Committee (ZEU) for Norwegian Zoo Trade Association since 1999. Since 1991, Kari is a member of the AAV, serving on a long base term as the Norwegian Country Representative for the EAAV. Since March 2017 she is a member of the Advisory Board.