National Parrot Rescue
& Preservation Foundation

Geriatric Diseases of Parrots

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CST)
  • Online Event
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  • Online registration for the NPRPF Zoom Conference session on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00AM CST

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Hosted by Dr. Sharman Hoppes DVM, ABVP-avian:

Dr. Sharman Hoppes is a Clinical Professor in the zoological medicine service at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Dr. Hoppes earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1993. Prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years caring for human patients. She completed an avian medicine and surgery residency in 1999 at North Carolina State University and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian practice in 2000.

She is a past-President (2012-2013) of the Association of Avian Veterinarians 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. Dr. Hoppes joined TAMU in 2006 and her research interests include avian analgesia, avian behavior and enrichment and Avian Bornavirus in parrots through her work at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center.

Parrots can live to be 40-60 years of age depending on the species. Sometimes older! That's what we've all been told.  But unfortunately most of us who own parrots and are caring for them in veterinary hospitals are not seeing parrots live that long. We're seeing heart disease, renal and liver disease, arthritis, cancer and atherosclerosis in our parrots as early as 20 to 25 years of age. Why is this happening? I will discuss several theories, with genetics possibly being a factor in some along with a high fat diet and sedentary lifestyle. I will discuss ways to improve the life and longevity of our captive parrots.

This will be an online session, presented through Zoom. Zoom conference room information and password will be sent out via email by January 15, 2021. Please check spam/junk folders if you do not receive your email instructions for the session, and email if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

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