Preventative Medicine

To help protect the health of the National Aviary’s collection, more than 350 vaccines are given each year to prevent common viruses. Any bird housed outside is vaccinated to protect them from contracting the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus.

The National Aviary Hospital is a leader in bird health. New and advanced treatments are developed that help the Aviary’s hundreds of rare birds, but also is shared with the professional community to help birds in zoos, wildlife centers, and pet birds.

The Aviary’s Teaching Hospital accepts about 40 students each year in the Hospital Intern Program. These students are trained in avian medicine and become the next generation of professionals providing health care for wild and captive birds.

To inquire about the National Aviary Hospital Intern Program, contact Dr. Pilar Fish at