We conduct research into health issues affecting pet, wild and exotic birds. Our program conducts research by examining
the physical health of birds, their mental health, and the health of the environment in which they live.
Join us—all avian research enthusiasts are welcome!


A pet bird with enrichment items in its cage

August 15, 2019

Turner ‘Pet Talks’ Bird Enrichment

Schubot Aviary Manager and Senior Research Associate Debra Turner was interviewed for a CVM ‘Pet Talk’ article on enrichment for

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Red-crowned Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis) Parrot

August 9, 2019

Webinar: Red-crowned Parrot in Southern Texas

On Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, at 11:00 am, Dr. Donald Brightsmith and Simon Kiacz, from Texas A&M University in College

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Dr. Eleanor Green, Debra Turner, Dr. Sarah Hamer

July 30, 2019

Turner Receives Staff Award

Debra Turner, Senior Research Associate & Aviary Manager, was selected as 2019 CVM Staff Award Recipient!  

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Wild Bird Mist Netting and Bird Banding Outreach

July 17, 2019

Outreach Events: Wild Bird Mist Netting/Bird Banding

A Wild Bird Mist Netting / Bird Banding outreach event was held on Wed., July 17, 2019. Each semester, students

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Dr. Janice Boyd and her African gray parrot, Paula

June 3, 2019

Dr. Boyd Establishes Psittacine Endowment

By naming the Texas A&M Foundation as beneficiary of her retirement and investment accounts, she will establish the Dr. Janice

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Dr. Sarah Hamer, Paula Escandon, Dr. Ian Tizard

April 5, 2019

Inaugural Schubot Director’s Awards Presented

PhD student Paulina Escandon and recent graduate Dr. Jeann Leal were selected as recipients of the inaugural Schubot Director’s Award

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Zoological Medicine

The Zoological Medicine service at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) is currently unable to see any new, existing, or emergency patients. The goal is to re-launch the service by January 1, 2020.

In the interim, the VMTH has compiled this list of local and regional generalists and specialists with expertise in exotic and zoological medicine.


Schubot Center Director Dr. Sarah A. Hamer is currently accepting applications for two postdoctoral positions.

Applications for undergraduate student assistants are currently being accepted. Please email completed applications to Debra Turner.
(Note: Student avian caretakers care for birds by providing food and water; providing clean micro and macro environments; and assisting in facility maintenance.)

Applications for student technicians are currently being accepted. Please email completed applications to Debra Turner.
(Note: In addition to aviary student caretaker activities, student technicians work closely with board-certified avian veterinarians to handle health issues and administer medications to the birds at the aviary.)