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& Wild Bird Aviary proposal here.
Join YOUR TEXAS College of Veterinary Medicine in
Leading Avian Health and Conservation
The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M
University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) was founded in 1987 by an endowment from Mr. Richard M.
Schubot with matching funds provided by Texas A&M University.
Faculty members associated with the Center conduct more research
into avian health and conservation, and train more veterinarians
interested in avian medicine than any other veterinary college in
the nation. With so few avian veterinarians, and the national
numbers decreasing, the CVM continues to retain and recruit the
best and the brightest students and faculty, while seeking to
improve the facilities and tools needed to enhance the care
provided for these special creatures.
The primary function of the CVM is teaching. We have a
responsibility to teach future veterinarians about avian diseases,
their diagnosis, prevention and treatment. This is especially
important for those students, interns and residents who have a
specific interest in exotic animals and birds. Teaching, especially
when accompanied by ongoing programs in conservation and disease
research, is especially effective and something that the Schubot
Center faculty are committed to improving.
The center supports research into all aspects of disease in wild
and captive birds. We are especially interested in the large parrot
species, but do not ignore other endangered species, raptors, and
waterfowl. As a college of veterinary medicine, our focus centers
on infectious and parasitic diseases, but we are also investigating
the genomes and genetic diversity of several important bird
species, and conducting research on avian nutrition and behavior.
These projects involve not only scientists at the CVM but also in
the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science as well as other
universities in the United States, Canada, and Central and South
America. The results of our studies are already being applied to
improving the health of birds kept by zoos, aviculturists, and
individual pet owners. The Schubot Center research programs are
specifically selected for their importance to the avicultural and
conservation communities and include international collaborations
in Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Honduras.
Our accomplishments include:
Our faculty is also actively engaged in long-term studies on
macaw biology and disease at our research site at Tambopata, Peru.
Members of the Center staff are leaders in the fields of wild
parrot research and conservation, through studies of salt licks,
macaw nesting success, wild parrot nutrition, and satellite
The accomplishments of the Schubot Center have been achieved
through the support of the college and university and because of
the hard work of faculty, staff, and students. However, we need new
facilities, specifically an aviary, that will allow us to achieve
even greater successes.
As our program grows and diversifies, having the ability to
house a larger population of birds will help us continue important
research and begin new studies. When we have a climate-controlled
space, it will make the Texas summers more comfortable for our
birds and allow them to be less stressed during studies.
Our major research program into the prevention and treatment of
proventricular dilatation disease involves studies on birds
infected with avian bornavirus. When we have the needed facilities
for these birds to be kept separate from healthy birds, or birds
used for other studies, it will greatly benefit this important
Once we have appropriate space to house raptors, we will better
train students in the care and treatment of these important birds.
When we are able to provide state-of-the-art washroom and changing
facilities, it will ensure the health and safety of our students,
faculty, and staff.
Finally, when we construct dedicated teaching space in our
aviary, we will better promote an understanding of avian diseases
and avian husbandry among future veterinarians.
The CVM is reaching out to our friends and supporters who have
expressed an interest in avian health, conservation, and care. We
are seeking funding in the total amount of $2.2 million to support
the cost of construction of an exotic and wild bird aviary. This
facility will allow Texas A&M University, through the Schubot
Exotic Bird Heath Center, to build upon the CVM'ss leadership in
the fields of avian health and conservation. We are honored and
pleased to provide this proposal to you as an opportunity to
partner with us as we move forward to maintain and enhance the most
comprehensive teaching, research, and clinical service program with
regard to exotic and wild birds in the nation. Thank you.
Birds and other exotic species of animals have not always
received the level of veterinary care afforded to more mainstream
animals like dogs and cats. Indeed, the veterinary profession has
tended to avoid the broader issues of conservation, the trade in
endangered species, and the imminent extinction of many species.
The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center is a leader in changing this
paradigm in the veterinary profession.
The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) will continue to make instruction in the treatment of birds
and other exotics a focus for our students, as well as providing
the most appropriate facilities, research opportunities and tools
to assist this process. No other college of veterinary medicine in
the country devotes the resources to educating and training future
We are committed to remaining the recognized leader in providing
the highest level of care to the many avian patients presented at
our clinic each year. Unfortunately, exotic bird health and
conservation is not an area that attracts significant levels of
extramural grants or federal funding, and the center must compete
with many other demands on the resources of the college. Private
funding is a key factor in ensuring the continuation and the
success of the program.
The floor plan of the new exotic and wild bird aviary is
approximately 11,000 square feet and has been designed for easy
future expansion should future needs and funding be available. The
new aviary will contain a functional hospital, receiving area with
quarantine capabilities, two isolation rooms, a Biosafety Level 2
(BL2) laboratory for infectious disease research, spacious teaching
and classroom space, and four offices.
Contributing to the exotic and wild bird aviary at The Schubot
Exotic Bird Health Center at the CVM makes you a member of the team
working to make the future of avian veterinary medicine a priority
in overall veterinary medicine around the world.
Thank you for your consideration in helping with all or any
portion of this important endeavor.
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