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Birds

Valley Vets are very pleased to offer a caring service to all bird owners.

  • We offer both 1st opinion and referral services for avian cases. 
  • If your bird is under the care of another vet, you can ask them to organise a referral to us. 
  • Our avian veterinary work is limited to our Cardiff Hospital where, Dr Tariq Abou-Zahr BVSc CertAVP(ZooMed) MRCVS, our avian and exotic vet, has a special interest and has undertaken further training/qualifications in the veterinary care of birds. Please contact us for further information.
  • We see pet parrots and pet poultry on a very regular basis.
  • We also see breeding parrots, falconry birds, breeding raptors, and small cage birds.
  • We are experienced in the veterinary care of racing pigeons.
  • We are very willing to discuss the diet and husbandry requirements of pet parrots with owners.
  • We sell Harrison's pelleted, organic birds foods as well as other nutritionally complete diets, a variety of nutritional supplements and effective, bird-safe disinfectants. 
  • We advise an annual health check for all pet birds.
  • Valley Vets staff conduct avian anaesthetics on a very regular basis, whether this is to achieve restraint for a short procedure (e.g. Identichip implantation, blood sampling, radiography) or for a long procedure (e.g. orthopaedic surgery). Avian anaesthetics are slightly riskier than those for dogs and cats, but we do everything we can to minimise this risk to the bird. Please discuss any worries with our staff.
  • We always try to keep birds away from predators (dogs, cats and even other birds!) when they are admitted into the clinic and firmly believe in effective pain relief for any invasive procedure.
  • We have a separate heated exotic/avian ward with separately heated cages also.
  • Valley Vets Ltd encourages all clients to insure their pets to help cover veterinary treatment fees.

We are members of The Association of Avian Veterinarians - an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve. For further information, please visit: www.aav.org