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Avian Vets in South Florida?

bird_mama

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Hi everyone! As the title suggests, I’m looking for a good avian vet in South Florida. I was taking my birds to Backos Bird Clinic, but as I called today to schedule a grooming, unfortunately I was told the doctor has passed away, and they’re permanently closed. I’ve searched the Association of Avian Veterinarians directory, but I just wanted to see if y’all had any personal recommendations. Thank you!
 

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:hello: @Pixiebeak Florida (not sure what bit)
Only persons I can think of that may know some
 

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Hi everyone! As the title suggests, I’m looking for a good avian vet in South Florida. I was taking my birds to Backos Bird Clinic, but as I called today to schedule a grooming, unfortunately, I was told the doctor has passed away, and they’re permanently closed. I’ve searched the Association of Avian Veterinarians directory, but I just wanted to see if y’all had any personal recommendations. Thank you!
I was shocked by his passing-- he called me personally when Percy died and seemed very kind.

I have been to Dr. Flinchum at All Bird Clinic, Dr. Baldwin at Broward Avian & Exotic, and Dr. Rolfe at the Bird & Exotic Hospital in Greenacres. My experience is definitely shaped by how they do with budgies-- some of these clinics might be fine with larger birds, but budgies require hands-on experience and confidence for blood draws, etc.

I am currently sticking with Dr. Baldwin-- of all the named vets, she isn't an avian specialist, but she was the one who correctly diagnosed Merlin's fungal infection, safely put him through anesthesia for radiography, and confidently drew his blood. I do not recommend Dr. Flinchum for small birds, full stop, but can't speak to her handling of larger birds. Dr. Rolfe is also wonderful and has a Grey herself-- I don't blame her for not zeroing in on Merlin's diagnosis, but I do think Dr. Baldwin's instincts were a little sharper. I'd still go to Dr. Rolfe for a second opinion, if I need one.

The Greenacres clinic does everything while you are in the room, and at Broward they make a point of doing tests/grooming in a different room while you wait, so that might be a factor in your decision.

Edit: I've also been to the Pet Emergency Center in Ft. Lauderdale and the vet who was there knew Dr. Kelleher (the primary vet at Broward Avian) and was appropriately knowledgeable about birds. A great option for late night emergencies.
 

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I don't know any personally, down that way. I know Orlando has some, and of course the vet school in Gainesville
 

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I was shocked by his passing-- he called me personally when Percy died and seemed very kind.

I have been to Dr. Flinchum at All Bird Clinic, Dr. Baldwin at Broward Avian & Exotic, and Dr. Rolfe at the Bird & Exotic Hospital in Greenacres. My experience is definitely shaped by how they do with budgies-- some of these clinics might be fine with larger birds, but budgies require hands-on experience and confidence for blood draws, etc.

I am currently sticking with Dr. Baldwin-- of all the named vets, she isn't an avian specialist, but she was the one who correctly diagnosed Merlin's fungal infection, safely put him through anesthesia for radiography, and confidently drew his blood. I do not recommend Dr. Flinchum for small birds, full stop, but can't speak to her handling of larger birds. Dr. Rolfe is also wonderful and has a Grey herself-- I don't blame her for not zeroing in on Merlin's diagnosis, but I do think Dr. Baldwin's instincts were a little sharper. I'd still go to Dr. Rolfe for a second opinion, if I need one.

The Greenacres clinic does everything while you are in the room, and at Broward they make a point of doing tests/grooming in a different room while you wait, so that might be a factor in your decision.

Edit: I've also been to the Pet Emergency Center in Ft. Lauderdale and the vet who was there knew Dr. Kelleher (the primary vet at Broward Avian) and was appropriately knowledgeable about birds. A great option for late night emergencies.
Yes, took such good care of Romeo when we had an emergency, he was very kind and reasonable; I was very, very shocked when I got that message on the answering machine… Thank you for your help! I’ve decided to go to Dr Rolfe!
 
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In Miami, Dr. Harris is a highly regarded avian vet. His clinic location is in South Miami.
 

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Dr. Johnston at Harmony Animal Hospital is great, though she’s further north than Dr. Backos.
 
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