Make Medical Care Fear Free for Your Birds

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Episode - 20  September 2020

Host: Barbara Heidenreich

Guests: Dr. Alicia McLaughlin and Pamela Clark

Discover how veterinary professionals, trainers and animal caregivers are working together to make fear free medicine a reality for avian patients. Every detail from what you can do at home, to how the patient is welcomed into the clinic, as well as what happens in the exam room is taken into consideration. While training in advance is certainly recommended, you will discover training is just one part of the strategy. Exotic animal veterinarian Dr Alicia McLaughlin and parrot behavior consultant Pamela Clark are my special guests. They along with Dr Anneliese Strunk and yours truly, are the co-authors of the recently released Fear Free Avian Medicine Certification Course. If you care for birds, this episode is definitely for you! We cover a lot of material you won't want to miss.


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Videos Examples of Training for Fear Free Avian Medicine

One of my favorite behaviors I have demonstrated at almost all my live parrot training workshops is how to train a parrot to take fluids from a syringe to prepare for taking oral medications. In many cases it can be accomplished in 1-2 training sessions.

Here are some examples of behaviors parrot caregivers can train that can reduce or eliminate stress for medical care. The course we discuss in the podcast provides shaping plans for these behaviors.


Guest Bios:

Dr. McLaughlin received her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. She completed a veterinary internship in exotic animal medicine at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM), and is now one of the managing veterinarians at this practice. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in veterinary research and leadership throughout her career, and has authored/co-authored articles in both professional journals and national conference proceedings. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with local exotics groups, and is a regular speaker for the Pacific Science Center's annual "Get Set To Be A Vet" summer children's camp. Dr. McLaughlin is passionate about providing low stress veterinary visits for all of her patients. She is a certified Fear Free Veterinarian, and has helped spearhead the development of an Avian-focused Fear Free program while working towards becoming a board certified specialist in avian medicine. She maintains active memberships in a long list of veterinary organizations (AAV, ARAV, AEMV, AAFV, AAZV, ANAEV, AVMA, and ASVAB), and prioritizes furthering her knowledge through yearly continuing education so that she can make cutting edge medical recommendations for her patients.

In her spare time, Dr. McLaughlin likes to relax with her veterinarian husband and young daughter in the great outdoors and provide environmental enrichment for her pets. She currently shares her home with 2 giant schnauzers, 2 white bellied caiques, 1 blue throated macaw, 4 leopard geckos, 1 gargoyle gecko, 1 New Caledonian Giant Gecko, 2 ball pythons, 1 rainbow boa, and multiple freshwater fish

Pamela Clark bio coming soon.....for now, learn more here


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