The Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center is an academic center within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Our mission is to conduct research into health issues affecting pet, wild and exotic birds. This includes not just the physical health of birds, but also their mental health and the health of the environment in which they live.
In addition to conducting research we also have a major teaching responsibility. We instruct professional students in the DVM program on avian health and conservation medicine.
- Physical Health – We conduct research into and seek solutions to disease problems involving infections, parasites, genetics and nutrition of a diverse array wild and captive birds.
- Mental Health – We are studying the mental health of birds in captivity and investigating the role of stress and training in improving their well-being.
- Environmental Health – We are investigating the behavior and health of wild birds, especially macaws and other parrots in their natural state in the Amazonian rain forests of Peru.
Our mission is not restricted to studies on parrots although that is currently our major research focus. We are also investigating disease issues in waterfowl such as ducks, geese and swans, in songbirds such as zebra finch, game birds such as the Northern bobwhite and seabirds such as gulls.