Author : Richard Jones

Projectile injuries in falcons

Shockingly, within a relatively short period during the winter of 2019 / 2020 AVS were presented with three separate cases of life-threatening injuries to falconry birds after being shot!   This is not the forum to express our anger at these instances and accidents do happen, but if you honestly cannot identify the species you […]

That wasn’t on the menu!!

Gus, a normally very jolly, chatty Grey Parrot, who on occasion has been known to greet his vet with “I’ll tan your arse!!” presented in decidedly poor form with unusually, nothing to say for himself. He was also off his food and dehydrated with vomiting and diarrhoea.  As vomiting is considered an emergency in the avian […]

Avian Influenza 2020

Update 19 March 2021: GB Governments have announced plans to lift poultry housing measures from 23:59 on 31 March. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone mandatory biosecurity measures remain in place for all birds. If you intend to allow your birds outside after 31 March you must take action now to prepare the outside areas, please check […]

Happy Birthday To Us!

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun but believe it or not, it was 10 years ago this weekend that AVS opened its doors for the very first time!   We just wanted to take this time to say a big thank you to all our clients, friends, family and colleagues for their incredible support over […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the COVID-19 situation and Government advice we are having to instigate a few changes to our normal procedures; in order to minimise the impact on the health & welfare of our clients and the team, whilst continuing to provide our services, we are temporarily reducing clinic opening hours. UPDATE 13/07/2020 – We are increasing […]

Managing cloacal papillomatosis

Axel is a very handsome blue and gold macaw who had been having trouble with intermittent cloacal or vent irritations/infections from the age of two. Initially he responded well to medical management with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories but things progressed to the point where the bouts were more frequent, he was becoming uncomfortable on defaecation and was starting […]


This year Wildlife Vets International is trying to raise £3000 during Big Give week to help treat injured vultures and nurse them back to health. There are 23 species of vulture worldwide; 14 of these are threatened or endangered, and some have experienced more than 99% decline in numbers. From midday Tuesday November 28th to midday Tuesday December […]

A Jerkin’s Jaunt

A stunning Jerkin (male Gyr falcon) presented to the clinic recently with a rapidly growing ‘lump’ on the side of his neck. A fine needle aspirate of the mass demonstrated some concerning, possibly cancerous cells with x-rays indicating the mass was getting very close to the exceedingly delicate structures of the neck including the hyoid  (very fine bones […]

A Turkey Is Not Just For Christmas!!

‘Turkey Turk’ an unusual but clearly much loved pet presented recently after being attacked by a dog, sustaining a nasty neck wound which we were concerned involved important structures underneath like crop, windpipe and major blood vessels. At nearly 10 kg he also presented a surgical challenge, as we could just about fit him on our operating table!! Thankfully the […]

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