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Pet Birds 101: Introduction to Avian Care and Medicine for the Pet Bird Enthusiast

University of Tennessee via edX

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Overview

Birds are amazing animals! They are extremely intelligent, quite social, and some can make ideal companions! From parrots to parakeets, chickens to canaries and cockatoos, there are many species of birds to choose from when considering these feathered friends as pets.

This course provides introductory material about pet bird care including behavioral characteristics of different species of birds, bird handling, anatomy and physiology, and keeping birds as pets. Bird enthusiasts, pet bird owners, and others who work with birds will learn interesting and practical information!

Syllabus

Module 1: Fundamental information about keeping birds as pets including behavioral characteristics of different species, husbandry and nutrition, and disease prevention.   

Module 2: Introduction to avian anatomy and physiology focusing on differences from mammals that make birds unique and amazing.

Module 3: Introduction to basic veterinary procedures used when handling and caring for birds in a clinical setting.

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