Innovation Takes Flight

Help the National Aviary Build the First Veterinary Care Center in the U.S. Dedicated to the Advancement of Veterinary Medicine for Birds!

What We Do

Birds have unique healthcare needs that require customized treatment, however, avian medicine is hugely underrepresented in veterinary sciences. The National Aviary’s veterinary care team regularly develops innovative treatments that:

  • Saves lives while advancing avian medicine
  • Improves the quality of healthcare for birds all over the world, including endangered species, and species currently extinct in the wild.

Our Need is Great

These accomplishments are despite challenges. Our team currently works in three rooms in inaccessible areas spread throughout the Aviary. That’s why we need a new, more efficient, center that will enable us to grow our efforts to help save bird species from extinction.

Help Our Innovation Take Flight

Every bird is vitally important to our shared ecosystem. We share our specialized expertise and protocols with partners caring for birds in Guam, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Ecuador – as well as in our own backyard. When every bird is vital to restoring an endangered species’ population, that species’ optimal healthcare is essential. That’s where Innovation Takes Flight comes in.

What We Can Build

Advancing protocols and treatment is crucial, as is educating the next generation of veterinarians in this highly specialized medical field. Education is the key to advancing avian medicine, as well as successfully treating even more wildlife in the future. Through a teaching hospital in our transformational Veterinary Care and Advancement Center, the National Aviary will:

  • Expand education programs, while at the same time making educational programs more accessible.
  • Train even more pre-veterinary and veterinary students, as well as fellow veterinarians, on a global scale.

This project, Innovation Takes Flight, is not just for educating the medical community. The constructing of a state-of-the-art, centralized veterinary hospital and teaching center on our existing campus will also include educational viewing areas where visitors like you can watch our staff as they work to save lives.

With Your Help

Our Project Building the National Aviary’s Veterinary Care will include:

  • A hospital and surgery center to treat avian species.
    • This center will offer the physical infrastructure as well as the resources to successfully implement emergency, reproductive, and comprehensive preventative healthcare.
    • We will offer healthcare that is customizable for every size, shape, and age of bird, from neonatal to geriatric.
  • An accessible teaching hospital
    • This teaching hospital will hold academic lessons, as well as offer hands-on skill-building with avian patients.
  • Two brand-new habitats for visitors to enjoy, every day!
  • Programming spaces, where students and visitors, as well as other learners can engage with our Animal Ambassadors.
  • Much-needed office space for staff.

Help Us Build Today

Innovation Takes Flight is a project currently in its design phase. With your help, site preparation will begin this August, and a groundbreaking will begin in January 2025. We plan to complete the construction of this National Aviary Veterinary Care and Advancement Center in January 2026.

If you are interested in an exclusive naming opportunity, please see the form below.

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