Bird Husbandry and Nutrition

24th June 2020 from 19:45 for 20:00


1.5 Hours of CPD for Veterinary Nurses!


Speaker - Jack MacHale BVetMed MRCVS

Jack graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and has since worked as an avian and exotic animal vet in Birmingham, London and Brisbane, Australia. Jack is currently undergoing residency training to become a European specialist in zoological medicine as well working on his certificate in advanced veterinary practice and masters in veterinary medicine. Jack’s special interests include parrot behaviour, nutrition and the human-bird bond.

Chair - Charlotte Bullard BSc (Hons) PgCert VetEd FHEA

Charlotte is currently Education Manager for the BVNA, and joined the team in Summer 2019. Prior to this, she was Programme Manager for an equine veterinary nursing training provider based in Suffolk. She is also currently completing her MSc in Veterinary Education with the Royal Veterinary College. Charlotte’s role with BVNA includes overseeing CPD opportunities for veterinary nurses, developing BVNA’s annual Congress programme, and building a network of FE and HE VN training providers to enable opportunities for collaborative working.

Lecture Synopsis:

Like with any exotic species, in order to grasp the husbandry requirements for a bird one must consider what is provided in the bird’s natural environment. This talk will focus mostly on the fundamental parrot husbandry requirements from nutrition and environment to companionship and enrichment. As with all animals, nutrition is widely considered to be the basis of all health in birds. We will be discussing optimal nutrition for pet birds and how diet can impact health and behaviour in our feathered friends.

Learning Points:

  • To understand different species have different husbandry requirements and how they vary between common species.
  • To be aware of environmental requirements and potential dangers in the home for birds.
  • To be able to recommend an appropriate, nutritional for pet birds.
  • To understand how high fat diets can contribute to health and behavioural problems in pet birds.
Many thanks to the event sponsor:

Please be aware that, to allow us to provide you with a CPD certificate for the attendance of this event, there are two stages to registration. Once you have registered for this event via our website, within 7-10 days you will receive a link requesting that you complete a very quick and simple second registration form. You must complete this second stage of registration to be provided with access to the webinar.


Event Log in time: 19:45
Webinar Start: 20:00 (late attendees may not be let into the meeting)
Question & Answers: 21:30 (15 minutes)