The Schubot Exotic Bird Research Center is a multidisciplinary
group of faculty members and veterinarians dedicated to solving
avian health problems through advanced research. We are engaged in
studies designed to improve the health of both wild and captive
birds. While focusing largely on parrots and their relatives,
we also undertake studies on health and diseases of waterfowl,
raptors, cranes, seabirds and songbirds.
We are also responsible for teaching DVM professional students
about avian health and conservation. Environmental health is
a key component of the “One Health” focus of the College of
Our research is not restricted to the College of Veterinary
Medicine. We support studies in other colleges at Texas A&M
University as well as multiple international activities. The
most significant of these is the Tambopata Macaw Project in the
Amazon Rain Forest in Peru.
A Brief History
The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center was founded at the College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M
University in 1987. The Center is supported by an endowment created
by the late Mr. Richard Schubot of Loxahachee, Florida. Mr. Schubot
was an enthusiastic breeder of large parrots, especially macaws and
cockatoos. He was frustrated by the disease problems that he
encountered when raising these beautiful birds and resolved to do
something about it. By donating to Texas A&M University, Mr.
Schubot established a Center dedicated to improving the health of
The first Director of the Center was Dr. David Graham who
focused on providing diagnostic services to aviculturists. When Dr.
Graham retired in 1998, he was succeeded by Dr. Ian Tizard who has
pursued a diverse array of disease and conservation-related
The Center encompasses two Departments of the College of
Veterinary Medicine: Veterinary Pathobiology and Small Animal
Clinical Sciences. As a result we have access to a modern,
fully equipped Exotic Animal Clinic. We have generous
laboratory space designed for studies on infectious diseases,
pathology, genetics and behavior. Most importantly we have a
recently completed Avian Complex with aviaries, isolation
facilities, laboratory, clinic and classroom. It is the largest and
best equipped of its kind in the United States.