Dr. Sharman Hoppes is a Clinical Professor in the zoological medicine service at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She graduated from Oklahoma State University as DVM in 1993, prior to that she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years caring for human patients. She completed an avian medicine and surgical residency in 1999 at North Carolina State University and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (DABVP) in avian medicine in 2000. She is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, has been on their board of directors, and has chaired two Avian Welfare committees.
Dr. Sharman joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in Texas A&M in 2006 and is a very active member of the Schubot Center for Avian Health. She is a former president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (2012-2013) and is also an active member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Her research interests include avian analgesia, avian behavior and enrichment, and Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) in parrots. She has vast experience working with wild macaws, adults, and chicks, in the neotropics thanks to her collaborations with research and conservation groups like The Macaw Society and Natura Mexicana.
Dr. Sharman is an advocate of veterinary medical training in the care of exotic animal species. She leads funding for education initiatives such as the Dr. Sharman Hoppes Educational Endowment https://vetmed.tamu.edu/giving/opportunities/hoppes-endowment/. She also offers a variety of learning opportunities to veterinary students, such as residencies monitoring the health of wild macaw chicks in the rainforest, psittacine hand-feeding techniques lessons, and residencies in her avian exotic clinic https://texasavian.com/.