Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 2

While the bond between an animal and their human is important, considering the relationships between pets—in both interspecies and same species interactions—also is an important part of making sure your home is a happy and healthy environment. Some bird species, including parrots, chickens, canaries, and pigeons, are very flock oriented and are often adopted and […]

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 1

Pet owners often form close bonds with their animal companions. Owners of feathered friends might be pleased to learn that this relationship is reciprocal, as birds can form strong bonds with their owners and other non-human members of their household. Debra Turner, aviary manager of the Schubot Center for Avian Health at the Texas A&M […]

Schubot Center Announces New Name and Logo

The Schubot Center, directed by Dr. Sarah Hamer, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has officially been renamed as the Schubot Center for Avian Health. “We are excited for the Center name to reflect our broad, inclusive, and expanding work to study birds, ranging from caged birds […]

Leading the Flock

As the new director of Texas A&M’s Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Dr. Sarah Hamer brings an array of professional experience and, most importantly, a passion for studying and preserving native and exotic bird species. As a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sarah Hamer spent countless hours inspecting trees and bushes and […]

Texas A&M Researchers Examine How Video Games Can Improve Bird Health

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Playing video games has been a favorite pastime of young and old alike, and now the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is investigating the benefits of video games on an unconventional gamer-birds. Researchers at the CVM’s Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center are in the process of […]

Schubot researchers image Avian Borna Virus

COLLEGE STATION, TX – Scientists working at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine have finally visualizedthe Avian Borna Virus, the cause of Proventricular Dilatation Disease in parrots. Using advanced electron microscopy, a team of scientists at the Schubot Center led by Dr Ian Tizard, have succeeded in photographing avian Borna Virus. […]


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