If you're looking for an avian veterinarian in your area, please check out the Association of Avian Veterinarians at www.aav.org, where you can search their database of current members or lookup a current AAV vet. Also, you may locate a Diplomate of the
American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, who is "board certified" in Avian Practice.
An "avian veterinarian" is someone who is willing to treat birds; any veterinarian can call himself or herself an avian veterinarian.
A "certified avian veterinarian" or "board certified veterinarian" is a veterinarian who has received certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Certification is given by the ABVP and includes documentation of six years of significant avian practice experience or a formal residency plus scientific papers, plus a rigorous series of examinations.
It's essential that you feel comfortable with your vet. When interviewing a potential vet, do they seem to show interest in birds? Can they explain to your satisfaction the answers to your questions? Are they open to the idea of obtaining a second opinion if needed? Do you believe the vet will tell you if they don't know or are unsure of something? What does your intuition tell you? Do you feel comfortable with and confident in this vet?
Because avian medicine is specialized, finding a Board Certified or AAV member vet that takes advantage of the AAV's continuing educating classes can prove a bit more difficult. Most will be located in or near cities. Sometimes, it's a good idea to have 2 vets if you are not located near a Board certified vet, in the event of an emergency or life-threatening situation. The vet you might choose for emergency situations should have avian knowledge and should feel comfortable treating a bird in an emergency situation, and should be willing to refer your bird with their records of treatment to your board certified avian vet, should further treatment or testing be required.