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Avian patients come in many shapes, sizes, and species. Veterinary team members can safely handle and restrain these patients by following basic guidelines that reduce patient stress and help protect the patient, restrainer, and veterinarian. Many veterinarians may be accustomed to restraining avian patients while simultaneously performing the examination; however, a thorough external physical examination is best achieved when a team member restrains the patient.1,2

Images courtesy of Tom N. Tully, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian).

References and author information Show
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Tom N. Tully

DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian) Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Tom N. Tully, JR, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian), is professor of zoological medicine in the veterinary clinical sciences department at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM) and is service chief of the zoological medicine service. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from LSU in 1982, his DVM from LSU-SVM in 1986, and a master’s degree in epidemiology and community health in 1991 from LSU’s Graduate School. Tom is a member of several veterinary organizations and has served in executive positions, including president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European College of Zoological Medicine, and the Southwest Veterinary Symposium. Tom has also coedited 6 books, coauthored 1, authored and coauthored numerous veterinary medicine chapters, and is coeditor-in-chief of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. His most recent publication is Current Therapy in Exotic Pet Practice

FUN FACT: Thomas has run 3 marathons and has a goal of running at least 1 half-marathon each year. He ran a half-marathon in 2016 and 2017, one with his 18-year-old daughter, Claudia, and the other with his 16-year-old daughter, Fiona. Each time the runners had excellent fan support from Tom’s wife, Susie. 

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