Yes this will be the tenth one! The time has gone so quickly. We think that the 10th Avian Symposium will be the best ever! It is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at the Conference Center, College Station, Texas. It will be great to be at the home base of our partners in the symposium from the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University. This location allows us to have greater participation from students at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. We will have students interested in Avian Medicine as speakers at the symposium and as guides for our tour of the School early Sunday Afternoon. Another feature of this location is that it has lower costs than our hotel based events. After the symposium we expect to be able to make larger veterinary student scholarship contributions than ever.
This is a symposium for all
those interested in exotic birds, including pet owners, breeders, and
veterinary professionals. Register as a group to get a discount price. Also note that we offer employees of the San Antonio Zoo and the Houston Zoo half price registrations and this offer is also extended to Vet-Tech students.
There will be some special events to celebrate having this event for ten years and to recognize our wonderful consistent sponsor ZuPreem. Have you attended all ten years?
Saturday's program will start at 8:00 am. We will have great speakers with interesting topics all day. Your registration fee includes both lunch and dinner. Lunch will be catered sandwiches. Dinner will feature Andy's famous award winning brisket.
Participants will choose between two special extended programs given in parallel on Sunday morning. One program will be on Socialization and Flight Experience and will be led by Dr. Brian Speer. The other program is the very popular and unique Wet Lab: Standard Laboratory, Treatment Anatomy. The lab is run in very small groups with close assistance from veterinary students, professors, and practicing veterinarians. This year we are adding two new topics: 1. Egg Necropsy & Candling, and 2. Taking samples for post mortem analysis.
Right after lunch in the early afternoon there will be small group tours of the Veterinary School and Clinic led by students. These tours are specially set up for symposium participants and will finish in mid afternoon to allow everyone plenty of time to head home before it gets too late.
The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has certified
the Seminar and Wet Lab for up to 11 hours of Continuing Education Credit.
Visit our symposium home page for more information including speakers and topics. Also from there you can get to our registration form page. We are looking forward to seeing you-all there!
Click here to visit our symposium home page
Photo Review of Past Symposiums
As part of our celebration of our 10th year of having these symposiums we are pulling our old web pages and photos out of the archives. Here are some links to photos taken over the past ten years. Watch out, putting up these old pages forced us to edit the links to make them work for the current RCBC web site. There were a lot of changes and it would be easy to miss a few so if you find a bad one please let us know. Hope you enjoy the photos. Check back once in a while, we hope to keep adding to the collection. If you have some great photos to add let us know. It would be fun to put them up too.
The 5th Annual South Texas Avian Symposium (2002) in College Station, Texas
The 6th Annual South Texas Avian Symposium (2003) in San Antonio, Texas
The 7th Annual South Texas Avian Symposium (2004) at the Mayan Ranch in Bandera, Texas