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Foundation & basic commitments

An independent, international and professional organisation of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

Formed in the 1990s by European members of the Association of Avian Veterinarians as a self-reliant committee. In 2014, EAAV was newly formed as a self-sustaining European organisation, liaising closely with other International associations for avian, reptilian, amphibian, exotic pet and zoo animal medicine.

Avian medicine in all its’ branches

The EAAV is comprised of veterinarians from private practice, wildlife rehabilitation and conservation projects, zoological institutions, universities and industry, as well as allied personnel, technicians and students.

Main goals and mission


Companion birds are valuable, intelligent and attractive pets. The value of qualified veterinary care and education in the responsible care of their charges, should be communicated to owners by their veterinarians.

Our goal is to provide veterinarians with the means to continually enhance their clinical professional knowledge and skills in avian medicine, and incentivize young veterinarians to pursue avian medicine.


We consider the preservation of species and their habitats to be of paramount importance, and continuosly try to contribute to this cause.

Avian species can be important sentinels regarding the health of the ecosystems they are a part of, providing information relevant for veterinary medicine, human medicine, biology, epidemiology and much more.


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

Thus, veterinarians, their clients, educators and researchers involved in avian medicine should have access to appropriate, relevant technical information and insight.