Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences is a leader in the field of exotic bird health
and conservation. A team of dedicated investigators is working to
unlock the secrets of key avian diseases, while also investigating
the basic biology and conservation of wild and exotic birds. Download this
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The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center is a team of
faculty members in Veterinary Pathobiology and the Exotic Animal
section of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M
University, dedicated to research and clinical service for exotic
and wild birds. The center has been supported by an endowment from
the late Mr. Richard Schubot, as well as by research grants and
donations. With these resources, our faculty have undertaken a wide
range of studies on exotic bird health and conservation.
Much has been accomplished including effective treatments for
iron-storage disease; optimization of the diagnosis of avian
tuberculosis, avian bornavirus, and avian herpesvirus; and the
development of a test that has eliminated an inherited disease in
California condors. Members of The Schubot 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 telemetry at our research site in
- To provide the most advanced treatment therapies to birds
entering our clinic.
- To build our conservation medicine studies into a
- To support veterinary students, graduate students, residents,
and interns who wish to build a career in avian medicine.
- To conduct ongoing basic and applied research into disease and
conservation of exotic and wild birds, with the goal of preserving
these precious resources.
Your contribution to The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center can
help us realize our objective of maintaining and enhancing our
leadership in the field of exotic and wild bird health and
conservation. 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. Below are some key ways
that you could help ensure the continuation and the success of this
Opportunities for Giving
- Exotic and Wild Bird Aviary & Avian Research Center
- Clinical Avian Medicine Endowed Chair
- Conservation Medicine Endowed Chair
- Clinical Residencies & Internships
This facility will ensure students with a passion for avian
veterinary medicine will have the knowledge they need to study and
understand birds in their careers. It will allow some of the best
faculty in the world to continue researching solutions to
infectious and parasitic diseases. It will help attract other top
researchers and faculty in this field to Texas A&M.