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Old 02-06-2019, 08:41 AM
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The chart is not accurate on same parts. Like Macaws and Cockatoo. Being a trainer I recommend a Macaw to someone before I do a Cockatoo. Cockatoos are way more demanding, the bigger common ones like beside Umbrella and Moluccan are a force to be reckon with if you get them upset and can bite harder and latch on without warning as they are very temperamental, especially the females when they are hormonal which are what we refer to them as "quick snappers". They can be happy one second and then next you are bitten out of the blue, for something you may have did days ago. Then they can be the most destructive parrot, I never leave a Cockatoo out of cage unsupervised like I would a Macaw, they would tear up your house, or apartment. A reason why you have bird rescues with a lot more cockatoo then Macaws. Don't get me wrong I love my Cockatoos as they pick me and go everywhere I go, but took a lot to get them to that point. Yes they can be quite awarding when taken care of properly and given the attention needed. But they require a smarter experience person that will dedicate time and understand them and are not the parrot for most people. They are for problem solvers type of people, that willing to work with and around behavior issues and etc.

Macaw seem scary due to size different, but reason they are refer to as gentle giants. They are way more lay back and forgiving then a Cockatoo. Macaw due require a larger cage so yes a little more expensive to house, but way easier to take care of and don't require the attention that a Cockatoo demands pretty much.

I would rate cockatoo hard/experience and Macaw medium hard/experience.

It was funny I bring my cockatoos all the time to the vet on my shoulder the front desk people and vets love to play with them and carry them as they are well socialized, but she goes she won't do this with a Macaw as she scared of them and usually they have to have 3 of them to hold them down. So what did I do the next week? I walk in with Randy the B&G Macaw I am training for someone to get her looked at on my arm. They were terrified yet one was wearing a Macaw shirt. They younger vet past her on to the more experience older vet that use to them to do the exam. I did get a couple of them to pick her up as explain to them how they are gentle giants and Cockatoos actually can bite harder, so it can help them get over fear of them, next time I bought her in for blood work the younger vet took her on this time around and wasn't as scared as they saw how friendly she was the first time around. I do know why they were scared a breeder I know has to very aggressive Macaws she brings in and they can't even handle them, they have to towel them to get them out of carrier.

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Old 02-06-2019, 11:47 AM
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Wow it must be cool to be a bird trainer, it must be very rewarding. I think I might stick with trying to be an avian vet, I'm pretty sure an avian trainer is next level.

But I guess it doesn't hurt to look into it and take classes right? (It might physically hurt) What do I got to lose? (probably a finger).
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:22 PM
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Wow it must be cool to be a bird trainer, it must be very rewarding. I think I might stick with trying to be an avian vet, I'm pretty sure an avian trainer is next level.

But I guess it doesn't hurt to look into it and take classes right? (It might physically hurt) What do I got to lose? (probably a finger).
I recommend doing both, reason I say get into a rescue first, then work you way up to a trainer and work at a zoo and ETC. You gain way more experience before you become a veterinarian and become a way better veterinarian that way as you will understand the behavior aspect and catch on to certain issues others may overlook. Yes a Avian veterinarians does go to school for various species, but not enough experience in my opinion as seen a lot scared of larger parrots all the time, like Macaws. The best veterinarians are the one that were ex trainers, or worked at various rescues, or zoos and have experience, like the older veterinarian I take my birds to. She is pretty much know just by looking at the bird and signs before getting into testing.

Most regular vets that claim to be Avian vets graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and took the Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) are not real Avian veterinarian. You have to go to addition schooling and be registered with Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)

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Oh, they have college courses? Ok, what college would you recommend? Do they have an online site?
What subject is this? So I know what to major in.
First start volunteering at a one or more rescues, then take college classes on both. Ok got it. I should definitely write this down for the careers I want to have.
Yes I was thinking about both, I would like to be a trainer and a vet, what a duo that would be!
I would like more than one job/career but I don't want to put too many irons in the fire, but the vet and trainer should be my main two
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:45 PM
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Oh, they have college courses? Ok, what college would you recommend? Do they have an online site?
What subject is this? So I know what to major in.
First start volunteering at a one or more rescues, then take college classes on both. Ok got it. I should definitely write this down for the careers I want to have.
Yes I was thinking about both, I would like to be a trainer and a vet, what a duo that would be!
It going to be 10 plus of schooling and plus as you need first 4 years of general collage pretty much. Here the basic breakdown, so you have a idea of what you are facing. You will be paying around 50k to 60k, or more a year for schooling thankfully had I had grants and scholarships, but I specialize in other field not a vet. I became a engineer first. So yes you can have a Bachelor's Degree in one area and earn a earn a doctorate degree Ph.D., or M.D. in other field. But are strict requirements as course completed and university they will accept credits from GPA and down to references. A lot more required

For veterinary medicine

Step 1: You must complete a Bachelor's Degree Program. Most schools of veterinary medicine require applicants to have a bachelor's degree.
Step 2: Earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. There are many colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States that offer a DVM degree. Depends on area
Step 3: Become Licensed and pass exam. Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) to be eligible to practice medicine in the United States.
Step 4: Gain more Experience.
Step 5: Become Certified in a Specialty. ...
Step 6: Join a Professional Association. Most avian veterinarians focus on either companion bird practice (i.e., parrots and songbirds) or poultry production practice (i.e., chickens, turkeys). It is also possible to focus on the care and treatment of birds of prey or other native species as an avian wildlife veterinarian. Other vets operate a mixed practice that offers services for pet birds while also offering care for small or exotic animals.

Yes you will be doing a lot of volunteer work as well

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Thank you very much. I think I'll try to go as far to get a doctrine. What are the steps for being a trainer or is that both combined?
Is study dot com a good site to look at for this?
I think I might do companion bird practice. Is it possible to do both?
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:36 PM
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Thank you very much. I think I'll try to go as far to get a doctrine. What are the steps for being a trainer or is that both combined?
Is study dot com a good site to look at for this?
Go to a rescue and volunteer first is the first step. Get to know the work involve and animals.

I don't want to hijack this thread, so you can start another new thread.

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Ok I will.
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Adding some expectations with parrots
I post such pretty birdie pictures, so I would like to add a warning.

Quakers are prone to feather plucking and Quaker mutilation syndrome, and screaming lots and lots of screaming. If you can not provide hours like at least five ( in my opinion) of out of cage hanging out interaction time, socializing , play and forage time, daily this species isn't for you, they will selfdestruct. They are an intelligent and social bird. There are literally hundreds being re-homed in my area every few months for the above reasons.

But I don't want people looking at pretty pictures and not thinking of the reality of parrot ownership. They are messy and loud and require hours of attention everyday for the next 20 years, not until the newness wears off, and this is true for all species of parrots. Sleeping in? Doesn't happen for most of us, the sun comes up and so does the birdie babble.

There is often contention with significant others as well, either as jealousy from the parrot , or lack of accomodations and understanding from the non parrot person.

Also they tear stuff up, my TV remote missing buttons, my phone got pierced by a beak and now I have no sound, my blinds are chewed up, valuables, sentimental iteams destroyed. My Kindle cracked when a parrot knocked it off.

Parrot sitters , hard to come by. Specialized avain vet bills, expensive, 2-3 times higher than dogs or cats.

Ok done with public service announcement on behalf of parrots. If you love em you make it work, but you will make sacrifices
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